The best days of the week to fly

Knowing exactly when to book a flight to get the cheapest fare is awesome — that magical window where prices are at their lowest.

But which day is it? One flight comparison site, which analyzed 7.5 billion airfares on the top 100 routes worldwide, has found the answer.

Believe it or not, some days of the week are better than others. Photo: Courtesy of Riki Lu/Unsplash
Not all days are created equal when it comes to airfare. Photo: Riki Lu/Unsplash

The company, Momondo, also published research on the cheapest days and times to fly. They found that Tuesdays, Wednesdays and evenings (between 6 p.m. and midnight) are generally the cheapest, while Saturdays are the most expensive. If you can be flexible, it’s worth checking prices on different days and times to see if you can cut the cost further.

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Avoid flying on Fridays and Sundays. Most travelers want to leave on a Friday so they can make the most of the weekend, and Sunday is a popular day to return because people need to be at work by Monday. This demand drives up the cost.

Because booking traveling can be exhausting. Photo: Courtesy of Luis Llerena/Unsplash
Because travel can be exhausting. Photo: Courtesy of Luis Llerena/Unsplash

Fares are at their most costly three days before departure, while Friday is routinely the most expensive day to take to the air. It is also suggested that travelers should avoid afternoon flights if they are looking to save money.

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“In general, it pays to book flights two months in advance,” says Momondo spokesman Lasse Skole Hansen.

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