Over the years we have spent hours and hours searching for the cheapest flight prices and have noticed some patterns, which have helped us to snap up a few bargains. Choosing the correct month to fly, and day of the week to book, can be crucial to saving your pennies, so when Opodo released their report detailing the best time to book a flight, we weren’t surprised to see a few of our top tips listed.
Timing Is Key
It’s thought to be a fairly benign factor when considering the cheapest time to book flights but the data shows otherwise. The best time to book a holiday is Saturday and Sunday. Booking on Saturday saves the average passenger 3.95% (5.78% domestic, 3.43% short haul, 2.63% long haul) while Sunday is 3.37% cheaper (6.68% domestic, 2.58% short haul, 0.84% long haul).
It’s no secret that high seasons and low seasons dictate a great swing in flight prices. The best time to book flights fall much like the leaves: in September and October. Book in October to save 10.6% (13.89% domestic, 13.29% short haul, 4.62% long haul) or in September to save 10.18% (9.07% domestic, 13.67%, 7.81% long haul) off the yearly average price.
The Best Destinations
There’s no shame in staying at home. Opodo travellers picked London as the first place followed by Edinburgh. Birmingham rounds out the top three.
Getting outside your comfort zone in Europe is never a bad idea. Among the hundreds of holiday choices Opodo travellers took Barcelona as their number one destination. Paris came in at second while Amsterdam got number three.
If you’re looking for a little something more than a budget airline hop to the continent then check out some of the heavy hitters. Opodo travellers can’t get enough of New York, Dubai and Hong Kong. Rounding out the top five are Bangkok and Toronto.
Tips to book the cheapest flights
So when is the best time to book flights? Some Saturday in October? Not so fast! Timing isn’t everything. Be flexible with dates. Book your holiday time off work to fit with the flights, not vice versa. Avoiding school holidays is an easy way to save 20% or more. Sign up to email alerts. Airlines and online booking companies reward customers with exclusive offers. Opodo is no different! You can save money on your next flight with the Opodo discount codes.
And, our final tip…
We had to include our top tip for being savvy when booking a flight. If your flight route has a stop over somewhere, always call the airline and ask if it’s possible to delay the second leg. Many airlines will let you jump on another flight a a few days or few weeks later (depending on your timescales) at no extra charge. When booking our flights to Indonesia, we had a stop over in Sri Lanka, and Sri Lankan Airlines were kind enough to let us delay our flight form Colombo to Jakarta by a whole month. Meaning we had a month to explore explore Sri Lanka at no extra cost at all!
Flight price analysis: The best time to book flights. Included in this study were return-flights departing from UK to all destinations from November 2015 to October 2016, with figures from Opodo’s 2016 average flight price database.