18 Nov Money Saving Ideas – The best times to fly
The excitement of travelling can often be squashed when looking at the prices of flights and other travel costs. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way you could get the cheapest flights possible? While comparison shopping is a big help, so is knowing when to buy your tickets and the best days to fly.
Travelling is a broad area and money-saving tips vary depending on where you travel. However, what this guide hopes to highlight are the basic, but yet essential, must dos before you jet off on your big adventure.
Don’t book flights on Friday
We all know the feeling – you’ve been stuck in the office all week, you’ve completed your work and you have nothing do but twiddle your thumbs until 5pm comes around. You soon find yourself browsing online, looking at holidays; it’s Friday after all, you’ve had a tough week, so why not book a spontaneous trip? But this is where you could be going wrong, as prices are actually at their highest on a Friday, because of airlines hiking up the ticket cost and running out of those cheaper seats.
Try booking your tickets on a Sunday, or Tuesday being the cheapest weekday. You can often save up to 13% compared to the Friday price.
Always compare airfares
The golden rule of shopping: always compare. Many people fail to do this because they think they know their favourite airline will always have the best deal, but no airline will always have the cheapest prices every time. If you don’t compare, you might end up paying too much. Why pay a penny more than you have to? There are a number of comparison sites online that can help you find the best deal.
Best and worst days to fly
You can probably guess the worst time of year to fly. Particular hot-spots include school holidays and public holidays, and more specifically to destinations around the time of major festivals and sporting events. The Christmas and New Year holiday are always busy, with people jetting off to visit family and making the most of long weekends away.
Of course, you may not have a choice as to when you can travel. If that’s the case there are a few things you can do to make paying for your flights less painful. For example, if you can only travel during a busy period, try flying to less popular destinations, which won’t be as in demand. Or, instead of a beach trip, check out a city you’ve never seen before. You can also have a look at varying your flight dates by a day or two, and adjusting departure time. Flying out in the middle of the night might be inconvenient but it could come with a decent saving, financially.
Take a look at this guide put together by the Business Insider for ‘The best time to buy flights for every trip you’re planning’.
The bottom line is, you need to find a flight you like, for a price you can afford, so you can book your trip and spend the rest of your time looking forward to your holiday – whether you plan to relax on the beach, dine out on the local cuisine or splashing about in the water park. Hopefully this post has helped you make your next trip a reality as soon as possible.