When to buy plane tickets
One of the worst feelings can be when you board the plane and wonder if the person next to you bought the same ticket for a fraction of the price you paid. Unfortunately, this can sometimes be the case so how can you be that person? Well, great news, it is no hidden secret as to how to get the best flight deals. Here are a few tips to help you potentially save a few pounds.
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One of the easiest ways to know when to buy a plane ticket is by simply signing up for air alerts. When a plane isn’t filling up airlines, will sometimes cut prices and offer last minute trips to those that have signed up for alerts. This will only work for those travellers that have very flexible dates but if you are able to fly at a moments notice then you can save big this way.
Contrary to popular belief, Tuesdays may not be as perfect of a date as one might believe. The idea behind this is that a lot of deals are announced Monday evening so competitors drop their price on Tuesday mornings making it the ideal time to purchase. However, the Airlines Reporting Corporation(ARC) did a study recently saying that in reality Saturday and Sunday are the days to part with your hard earned cash and book that flight.
You may also be wondering how far in advance should you book? Well, if you book too early, you face the problem that the airlines haven’t even thought about offering a discount. If you book too late, the prices will normally be much higher than the average fare price. The recommended time to book a flight is around 6 weeks ahead of your departure date. If it is the holiday season, throw these rules out the window. You will want to book much further in advance to make sure you get a flight as airlines know people need to travel home in this period regardless of the cost.
As the airline industry is one that changes with oil prices, demand and travel behaviour, what has worked in the past might not work now. The best tip you can stick to religiously is to constantly check and then check again. As soon as you know you are flying somewhere, check dates and times for a few days at different times throughout the day to get an average price. From there you will have a better idea of what is a good deal and what isn’t. Just make sure you have your plastic ready in case the perfect flight comes up. Good luck flight hunting!