If you really want to know when flights are cheapest, or if you’re looking for the cheapest day to book a flight, this will be the most informed and exciting article you ever read.
But first, I need to ask you something of tremendous importance:
“Have you ever wondered why people are incessantly angered by trivial things (like who didn’t say happy birthday and who didn’t send an I love you SMS) but on a major matter like totally wasting their lives away, they hardly seem to notice?”
Can you comprehend that?
Well, maybe you can give me an answer much later but for now, let’s get down to business.
What are the eternal questions that stare the budget traveler in the eye every minute of every hour of every day?
- When flights are cheapest?
- What’s the cheapest time to buy flights?
- What’s the cheapest day to get the cheapest flights?
We all love to know we’re getting a bloody good deal, whether it’s…
Real estate, crypto currency, marriage or flight tickets.
“Human beings are like that”
Okay budget-hunter, let’s light this candle.
- To get an idea how much flights should cost, you need to know when you’re getting a good deal. That knowledge –more than anything else, will give you a neat idea of what’s a rip-off and what’s an absolute steal.
But that’s not all.
You see my friend, one constantly overlooked truth when it comes to finding the cheapest flights can be summed up in just six words……
“You’ve got to keep looking”
That is, you need to Google stuff.
When it comes to getting ridiculously low flight deals, there are so many variables involved. Things tend to change for a number of reasons and you simply cannot continue to rely on a few facts you learned a while ago.
Truth of the matter is, you need to understand the tricks of the trade.
Because if you don’t…
How on earth will you know when you’ve stumbled across a good deal?
Another bitter truth is;
While there’s nothing wrong with trying to get the cheapest flights, it is laughable to expect cheap flights to fall from the sky just because you want them badly enough.
A good way to start would be running regular checks on travel agency and online discount websites. Using this approach, you’re far more likely to compare hundreds of airlines, find the cheapest flight tickets and cash in on “money-off-your-purchase”ticket sales.
Now, are there insider tips and secrets on the best time to buy airline tickets?
Most likely yes (and I’ll reveal them pretty soon).
But you’re better off focusing on when you fly, rather than when you buy.
And here’s why…
Flight prices don’t depend on where you are, but where you’re going.
For example, if you traveled to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup (during the summer), you’d have spent more (than if you traveled after the tournament) whether you were visiting your mystery lover (oh, you think I wasn’t going to find out?) or following the event.
Are you following?
Now, let’s take a closer look at days to watch out for:
- Boxing day
- Black Friday
- Week days
Logic, history and countless experiences suggest(s) that if you’re flying on any of the above days, you should expect a good bargain.
Personally, I don’t believe there’s a more recurring period when travel agencies announce all those ridiculously affordable offers that gets your glands screaming for joy.
Generally, in buying and selling, some of the best deals enjoyed around the globe can be found on boxing day –that brief and famous post-Christmas period when some of the best offers and biggest bargains miraculously come out of the closet.
I’ve read it on a travel blog, and I believe it to be true –that while you may be able to get good deals anytime (depending on where you’re headed), Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays are easily the cheapest days to fly (not book).
“But how should any sane person go about getting the cheapest flight deals?”
I think I might have a few ideas (I almost always do).
But first, it is important to have it at the back of your mind that some of the cheapest flights easily translate to some of the most inconvenient flights.
Please burn this widely ignored truth into every fibre of your being.
Anyway, back to the game of bargains:
Here’s what any sane person should do (and from the look on your face I know you’re not sane) if they are at all serious about getting very affordable flight deals:
- Book your flight(s) six or seven weeks in advance
- If the original cost of your flight drops substantially, cancel the initial flight and rebook before the “24-hours before-departure window” elapses.
- Most airlines will offer a free refund if you satisfy that condition.
- Use the most reliable flight search engines (Skyscanner, Kiwi.com, Airfare Watchdog, CheapAir.com etc)
- Identify the cheapest day to fly
Is that all?
Now, I’m going to reveal a little known secret about getting cheap flights.
In the grand scheme of things, it has already helped hundreds of thousands of budget travelers consistently get very good deals, and it can help you too.
Here’s what I mean..
- When you search for flight prices, always use your private browser or better still, run your search(es) in Incognito browsing mode.
Sounds like advice coming from an alcoholic?
Okay, here’s why…
Flight prices tend to increase when a particular route is repeatedly searched
Just imagine a scenario where 600,000 travelers are running a flight enquiry en route Bangkok via Google, the natural result –as far as business goes, is an increase in price.
That’s the law of demand and supply playing out before your very eyes.
But there’s more.
Here’s something even more curious.
In 2018, and according to Zack Friedman (just in case you were thinking I made this up), a senior contributor on Forbes’, CheapAir.com analyzed over 917million flight fares in over 8,000 markets.
Guess what they found?
You say you’re too mathematically disoriented to guess?
In that case, I’ll just spill the beans.
- If you’re looking for cheap flights, it is important to buy in advance
- You can get free flights and hotel stays if you have something called reward points (more on this before I finish).
You may ask:
Andy, Can I book 6-7 weeks in advance?
Should I book 1-2 weeks in advance?
And is it okay to book just 6-days to my flight?
The answer to all your questions, my dear friend, is yes.
Since it’s your God damned money, you can decide to book early enough and have peace of mind, or you can decide to push your luck and even play with fire by booking just one or two days to your flight.
But if you’re a bargain hunter, I shouldn’t have to burn it into your mind that the shorter your booking window is…
The more expensive your flight is going to be (with very rare exceptions)
So if you want to get the best fares, anything between three weeks to four months in advance is highly recommended.
Well it seems to me that there are a few further facts on airfares that should absolutely satisfy your cunning little heart…
- Mid-week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) are reportedly the cheapest days for any budget traveler to fly.
- On the average, people spend more money flying during the weekend (Saturdays and Sundays especially) that on any other day known to man.
- If you fly on Tuesday for example, rather than Sunday, you tend to save more money (and from that mischievous smile on your face I know youagree with me)
- You can fly for free using a travel rewards card (more on this before I finish, we’re almost there. I haven’t forgotten.)
- Since most flights with very long stopovers are relatively cheaper, you can easily exploit the opportunity to grab a quick adventure without incurring the cost of another flight. (You cheeky little bargain hunter. I know this sounds like music to those malfunctioning ear drums of yours.)
- You can always try the 24-hour rule. If the cost of flight drops substantially more than 24-hours before your flight, you shouldn’t hesitate to take advantage.Like I was saying some paragraphsearlier (exactly how many paragraphs I’m not sure), some airlines will offer you a prompt and courteous refund if you cancel more than 24-hours before departure time.
- And like I was also saying some paragraphs ago, the cheapest flights aren’t necessarily the best flights.
- Know your airports, and just how much (the more exact the better) you are likely to spend getting to and fro the airports concerned with your flight.
- The cheapest day to buy the cheapest flights can be when you find the best deal. As such, nothing is written in stone, and you should always look for the best offers on travel agency and online website discounts.
- If you’re always on the hunt, you’re almost guaranteed to find the best deal (and grab it) as soon as it’s out of the closet.
- The rewards of keeping an eye on special offer days like Boxing Day and Black Friday can often exceed expectations.
Okay amigo, we’re almost done.
But do you remember how I mentioned that….
You can fly for free using a travel rewards card?
Well, I am now going to illustrate a little bit on what a travel rewards card means, and how it can help you get free or ridiculously cheap flights.
In a nutshell, when you have a rewards credit card, you earn miles (or points) for every dollar you spend or for spending a minimum amount of money within a specific time frame (30, 60, 90 days and so on).
Now (I am sweating profusely) If you travel frequently (work, recreation or adventure), a travel rewards card may be worth it. Especially when you can afford to charge the high amounts on the credit card required to qualify for the rewards –and whether you can pay off the balance on a monthly basis.
Simply put, the amount of money you pay to get a travel rewards card is what determines whether or not the card is worth the cost.
While one card may offer 40,000 points for spending $3000 in three months (90-days) a different card could offer the same amount of points for $1000.
With most programs, if you’ve earned 10,000 miles, you have the equivalent of $100 in rewards.
On the other hand, a travel rewards card may not be worth it if you cannot use your reward points (or miles) when you need them.
Here’s what I mean:
Some airlines (and even hotels) may limit availability for cardholders who want to redeem their travel rewards –especially during peak days or seasons.
But that’s not all.
A travel rewards credit card that gives you great miles on any airline is probably your best bet, and the good news is….
“Most credit card miles do not expire as long as your account is open and in good standing”
But at the end of the day, when the sun comes down and the curtains are drawn, this whole idea works best for people who travel frequently.
Hope I’ve covered the subject up to your God damned expectations?
Because if I haven’t……
I should be shot!
If you can’t use the information I’ve provided to at least get yourself some very good flight deals before the year runs out…
By God, you should be tortured and shot with a loaded M16!
PS: if you honestly believe that I really want you to be tortured and shot to death, you are not a serious person.