Which Day of the Week is the Best to Buy Flights and Fly On?

It’s one of the most frequent questions our readers ask us. Is there a specific day that is cheaper to buy a plane ticket… and is there a specific day to fly on if you want to save money?

Everyone wants to save money on their flights. The best way is obviously to follow our flight deals page, where we find flights often up to 50% off the regular price.

But for all the times when your destinations and dates are not on sale and you must buy a ticket, we still want to help (and hopefully you’ll support us by booking through our links, which helps us to keep finding deals at absolutely no cost to you).

So here is the first part of our new series of articles to help you save money on your regular flights (when we don’t have deals for that destination). Remember though: deals change every single day.

First off, just to be clear: there is no golden rule that will work 100% of the time unconditionally. One day, some tips might work for one destination and the next it won’t. Everything changes according to supply and demand in a very dynamic manner in the airline industry, so there are no absolute truths.

That being said, the best way to save money for anything related to travel remains the trial and error method: sometimes some tips will work, others they won’t. Taking a few minutes to try them and compare prices, that’s the way to save hundreds of dollars.

Because yes, in case you didn’t know yet, the price for the exact same ticket on the exact same airline can be $500 more just by leaving one day earlier or later.

So which day is the best to buy and which day is the best to fly?

Which Day To Buy A Plane Ticket

If you have made Flytrippers a part of your daily routine (notably by getting our free deals newsletter in your inbox), you know we post deals every single day because they change every single day.

And there are great ones every day.

In fact, there is no reliable proof or data to point towards a specific day of the week being cheaper to purchase a flight. The question has been studied many times without ever finding conclusive evidence.

So for now, there is no specific day of the week that is proven to be cheaper to purchase a ticket.

The timing of your purchase is still important, but what matters is the number of weeks before your departure, not the day of the week you actually book it.

We have an article on how far in advance to book a plane ticket but for now, let’s look at the best day of the week to fly on, as it is very important.

Which Day To Fly On

This is important. Like we said earlier, the difference between flying out on a Monday or a Tuesday can be $500 (or even more), which is quite substantial.

So when you are searching for flights, it is vital to compare prices for different days. That’s why we often tell you that it’s best to have a bit of flexibility.

Without any flexibility, you are almost sure to pay more than you should for plane tickets.

So which days are generally cheaper to fly on?

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

This tip is one that will work very often. If you look at different dates, you’ll definitely notice that the price will drop drastically by flying out on a Tuesday, a Wednesday or a Saturday.

Having taken over 200 flights that I all booked on my own, I can confirm that I’ve done thousands of flight searches. And it’s very true that those days of the weeks are very often cheaper (not always, but often).

Furthermore, when some airlines advertise formal fare sales, they often specify in the fine print that the lowest fares are only valid on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Again, it won’t be true 100% of the time, nothing ever will be. But it’s worth the look to compare because it often is true.

The best day to purchase a flight will sometimes be early in the week, sometimes late in the week. There is no general rule. However, the best day to fly on is very important to lower your ticket’s price. Generally, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are the days to look for. Share with your travel buddies!

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Andrew D'Amours

Andrew is the co-founder of Flytrippers. He is passionate about travelling the world but also, as a former management consultant, about the travel industry itself, he aims to help you save money on travel. As a very cost-conscious traveller, he loves finding deals and getting free travel thanks to Travel Hacking... to help him visit every country in the world (current count: 41/193 Countries, 46/50 US States & 9/10 Canadian Provinces).

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Hello Andrew, je cherche un billet pour Milan ou Bergame départ le 9-10-11 sept, pour un mois
    Tout ce que je trouve sur ton site ce sont des vol pour moins d’un mois

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