The 3 Cheapest Days of the Week for Flights

Not going to keep you in suspense on the cheapest days to fly, but read the entire article because it includes other money-saving tips.

LISTEN: What days to fly, what days not to fly.

And here’s the best day to shop for airfare

Cheapest Days of the Week

Keep this in mind every time you shop for airfare.

  • These are usually to the cheapest days to fly: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, it’s useful to know why they’re cheap.

What Makes These Days Cheap

No one wants to fly on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Saturdays (or not many). However, airlines still have to fill their planes – especially those increasingly rare empty middle seats – and they do this by enticing passengers with better deals.

Airfare Sales and Cheap Days

You see these better deals all the time in sales featured on FareCompare’s Deals Blog. You will also note that many of these sales feature restrictions like, “Fly Tuesdays and Wednesdays only” (a frequent condition of JetBlue sales).

Don’t Fly These Days

Something else to keep in mind every time you shop for airfare.

  • The most expensive days to fly are the most popular days to fly: Fridays and Sundays

Airlines know which days we like to fly and they make the most of them by charging more. It’s pretty easy to see why Fridays and Sundays rank high with flyers.

  • Fridays: Beloved by vacation/leisure travelers who like to make the most of a week or getaway weekend by heading out at the earliest possible moment – like Friday after work.
  • Sundays: Popular with business travelers so they can be fresh and alert for an out-of-town Monday morning meeting.

When You Can’t Fly the Cheapest Days

Split the difference. In other words, fly one-way of your flight (in either direction) on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. You’ll still see half the benefits in a cheaper ticket price.

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Published: August 27, 2014