Experts say the best time to book a holiday is on a Tuesday morning at 10am. That’s because airlines release their last minute deals for the following weekend on this day – sending competitors scrambling against each other for the best prices, and your custom.
Bookings comparison website Skyscanner also says travellers hoping for a bargain should aim for anytime before 11am.
Tuesday is the day companies adjust their prices – especially if holidays aren’t selling. Book early and you’ll get last night’s prices, search after lunch and the prices will have been updated.
Meanwhile, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday are the cheapest days of the week to fly out according to Compare. Travel on a Friday or Sunday and you may find you’re paying well over the odds, for the exact same journey.
And, if you’re travelling in a group, 47-days is the latest you should leave it before booking your flight, otherwise you risk dealing with not only a spike in prices, but scattered availability – and sold out seats.
It’s not all about time…
But it’s not just the date and time that can add to your spending. According to ComparetheMarket.com, the more you browse a holiday deal – the more you could end up paying.
Why? Some airlines check to see if you’ve visited before and what you looked at – using browser cookies – in a process called ‘dynamic pricing’.
It’s the supply and demand model – and how much of the economy works. But, a simple wipe of your browser history and cookies could save you paying out more – and it takes just 11-seconds.
Planning A Budget Holiday – Save More With Our Top Tips
Don’t just settle for the airlines you’ve seen on the TV, or the popular firms running the skies. The deals are hidden in the research – so when you’re planning your next break, find out which airlines are running the sales first.
Travel insiders recommend Google Flights for holiday hunters. This clever tool offers flash alerts when prices are about to skyrocket, and flags the flights offering the biggest bang for your buck. It’s like having your very own travel agent say: “If I were you, I’d do this.”
If you’re after inspiration, Google Flights also has a handy ‘I’m feeling lucky’ tab which will bring up the best deals right now. The handy “tip” bar also lets you know how much money you’ll save if you’re willing to fly earlier, later or from a different airport.
For complex trips like honeymoons and luxury getaways, get a feel for pricing by heading to a few local travel agents. This will give you a good indication of whether the deal you’ve found online really is good or not, and you’ll get an idea of the additional costs to factor into your budget.
There are also ways to make money out of your holiday. Cashback websites like TopCashback and Quidco are free to join – and will pay you to shop through them. So next time you’re booking, have a quick search of the rates and the amounts you could earn through booking online.
If you can avoid travelling at weekends you’re likely to be able to shave more off the price. Flights in the afternoon are often cheaper and Tuesdays are regarded by travel insiders as the best value day to fly.
Dreaming of your next holiday? Best ways to save money for peak holiday seasons, professional flight hacker Jack Sheldon recommends looking just as the flights start showing up (typically 11 to 12 months in advance).