PASSENGERS could save almost a quarter on the price of their plane tickets if they waited just a few days to buy them.
This is according to the travel booking site Expedia after completing its Air Travel Hacks Report 2024.
The results showed that people who book flights on Sundays could get their airfare up to 23 percent cheaper than if they had booked the tickets on a Friday.
The report looks at ways Brits can save money and avoid stress, and reveals tricks for booking future trips.
Besides finding the best day to book flights, Expedia It also explained how far in advance tickets should be booked and which flights can best avoid cancellations.
If you’re looking for cheap travel, it’s best to book 112-132 days in advance.
Many people think that the cost savings come from purchasing a long period before the flight. However, data shows that booking flights six months in advance is just as expensive as waiting until the very last moment.
As it turns out, around the four-month mark is the best time to book to get flights at the best price.
Choosing the right day to fly can also save money, as roles switch on Friday and Sunday.
Flights departing on a Friday, the cheapest day overall, can be up to 26 percent cheaper than flights on Sunday, the average most expensive day to fly.
Meanwhile, booking flights between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. increases the likelihood that passengers will depart on time, if at all.
Flights booked later in the day are more vulnerable to the knock-on effects of earlier cancellations, while flights departing in the morning are less likely to suffer problems.
Up to four percent more flights are canceled after 3 p.m.
The time of year also makes a big difference, and few people will be surprised that a flight in January for five people offers the best chance of avoiding delays and cancellations.
Expedia also recommended using price-saving tools to reduce costs, such as price tracking on its website.
Google Flights also offers a similar service.
The tips could take the stress out of holiday planning for some passengers, with the company also finding that almost half of people find air travel more daunting than paying their taxes.
In a survey of 2,000 British passengers, 49 percent said air travel was as nerve-wracking as tax returns, small talk or a crowded email inbox.
Melanie Fish, spokeswoman for Expedia Group, said: “People should under no circumstances choose to pay their taxes rather than take a trip. So, thankfully, many of the things that cause travel-related stress are getting better.
“Fewer flights are being canceled and the technology helps with tools in the Expedia app like price tracking that make the entire booking and air travel experience smoother.”
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