The Best Days to Fly for Cheap Flights

Some days are better than others when it comes to cheap flights, so allow me to make a suggestion:

Listen as travel expert Rick Seaney and editor Anne McDermott reveal the best and worst days to fly:

Fly Tuesdays, Wednesdays

Whenever possible, fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday. These two midweek days are an easy way to save on airfare. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are almost always the cheapest days of the week to fly for a rather obvious reason: hardly anyone wants to fly then. So, demand drops but airlines still have to fill all those empty seats and the solution is also obvious: they drop their prices.

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Save Up to 35% on Midweek Flights

Savings will differ, depending on where you're flying from and to, what routes you travel – especially whether you take non-stop or connecting flights – and even the time of day you fly is a factor. So not everyone will save the same but I can say this: you could save as much as 35% over the most expensive days to fly.

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Avoid Flights on Fridays, Sundays

The most expensive days to fly are Fridays and Sundays. Demand is high then – vacationers want to get full value of their time off, and a lot of road warriors start business trips on Sundays and return for the weekend on Friday. Again, prices are higher because the demand is there.

See this for yourself on a Deals Blog. A recent Virgin America sale offered Las Vegas on special for just $39 one-way from Los Angeles, but it was good for Tuesdays and Wednesdays only. On the other hand a recent American Airlines sale allowed flights on any days – except Fridays and Sundays.

The Saturday Wild Card

There is a third day to fly that is often a runner-up in the cheapness stakes: Saturday. Again, demand is down and so are prices – usually.

A final suggestion: If you can't take-off and return, split the difference and fly at least one cheap day. At least you'll reap half the savings, and that's got to make your wallet feel good.

Rick Seaney
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