A recent USA Today article cites the Wednesday before and the Sunday following Thanksgiving as the worst US travel days of the year. Simply by moving your travel itinerary up one day so you depart on a Tuesday and return on a Saturday can save you as much as 30-50%.
That’s all well and good, but what are the best days and times to book a trip and what are the best resources for doing so? According to America’s Digital Goddess, Kim Komando, airlines often announce deals on Monday evenings, so by noon on Tuesday, competitors are scrambling to match those deals.
Kim says, Tuesday afternoons are the best time to hunt for reduced airfare. However, for leisure travelers, a study by Texas A&M University found that weekends are actually the best time to book airline tickets. That’s because airlines are more likely to lower their fares on Saturday and Sunday to attract leisure travelers.
So, what should you do? According to Kim, if you see one airline offering a deal on Monday, make plans to buy your tickets on Tuesday. If there are no deals going on, buy on the weekend. To read Kim’s full post, click here.