There is no getting around it, air travel is expensive. So when you want to go on holiday, there is a lot more that you have to think about than packing your boardies and sunnies. After all, saving a hundred dollars on a plane ticket can be the difference between that extra cocktail on the last night of your trip.
But how do you get the best deal on airline tickets? We have done our best to find out the answer to that question, and we’ve done a little bit of research on when is the best time to book flights to help you out.
First though, a disclaimer. Flying is expensive, and no matter where you are going, there is a good chance that you will have to pay out for the privilege. If you can drive somewhere in a reasonable amount of time, it will probably be cheaper for you to do so. However, if you are travelling outside of the country, this is obviously not going to be an option. Therefore it goes without saying that you want to find the best deal possible on your flights.
Cutting the Costs: When is the best day to book flights?
But how do you get the cheapest deals on airfare? Well, the truth is that there are no hard and fast rules. Although prices tend to fluctuate, it can be very hard to predict when the cheapest airfare is available. For this reason it is a good idea to sign up for notifications from airlines that will let you know when sales are on. However, there are some general rules that you can follow, and we have done a little bit of research to help you out. We compared the price of a one week international roundtrip in July from Sydney to Los Angeles, and recorded the results for you (the cheapest flights are bolded):
(All prices in AU$, information from expedia.com.au) Although there is no real pattern, what we can see is that it is by far the most costly to fly on the weekend. The middle of July is the most expensive time to fly, and once you get out of July, it evens out a lot more. For example, even for a flight in October, the prices are not that different: However, you will also find that—as you can see in the table—you can generally find more flight discounts in the middle of the week.
From our experience, here are a few other tips:
- buy from a price comparison site, rather than directly from an airline, as the cheapest airline changes depending on the day.
- try to choose an airline with easier baggage guidelines, so that you can fly with a suitcase for free.
- get notifications so that you know when sales are, and check regularly before you buy your ticket.
Although airfare is always going to be expensive, if you follow these tips, there is a good chance that you can save some cash, and have much more money to spend on your holiday. Want to know one more way you could save on your holiday? Check out our cheap travel insurance options!