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Best Time To Buy Airline Tickets

05 October 2010

  • Book Tickets on Sale: This is the best time to buy tickets at a lower price. All the airlines follow the same trend at the same time. Meaning, if one airline announces low fares, then the rest of them follow. Although, you will get cheap fares but you might miss the chance to catch the fish if you aren't quick enough. News for low airfares spread like fire in a jungle, so the faster you are, the better it is.
  • Best Day, Tuesday!: Not always, but most of the times, Tuesday is the best day of the week to buy airline tickets. Why? Let me tell you how it works. All of us know that Sundays are one of the most expensive days to fly, right! So, the airlines tend to lower the fare at the later hours of Mondays. As I mentioned earlier, if one airline decreases the fares, the rest follow. So, the rest of the airlines enter the competition and revise their prices to a lower fare and the process is completed by Tuesday afternoon! So, the best time to buy airline tickets is around 3pm on Tuesdays.
  • Sign-up for a Travel Alert: Many airlines, travel agencies, and travel websites have this facility. All you need to do is to sign up for a lower airfare alert. You need to enter the travel destinations and you will automatically get an email notifying decrease in the fares. Many a times the email itself has a link which enables to take you directly to the page of booking the flight at the lower fare. This proves to be very helpful provided you are real quick in booking! And if you manage to get a good deal, wouldn't it be the best day to buy airline tickets?
  • Red-Eye Flights: Red-eye flight seats are usually less expensive than normal flight seats. Common sense is that most people want to travel at the standard morning/afternoon hours and reach their destination till evening. But, if you are comfortable staying up till late, booking tickets in a red-eye flight can be a good deal monetarily!
  • Some Days are Cheaper: Apart from Tuesday, which is among the cheapest days to fly, Wednesdays and Saturdays are also among the best day to buy airline tickets, where you can get a chance to fly at a lower price provided you book at the wee hours.
  • Purchase Your Tickets in Advance: Booking in advance is a good option, but not way too advance! Many airlines have a 14 days, 21 days advance purchase plan.
  • Don't Follow The Crowd: Another way of getting a good deal under your travel budget is to be a little flexible with your travel dates. Of course, everybody wants to fly on certain dates and be at the destination during the weekend or on the exact date of the occasion. But then, you will have to compromise either on the price or the wants. So, if money is the more dominating factor, travel on the dates when there won't be much of a rush or fly off-season!
  • Go for 1 or More Stop Flights: Instead of booking a non-stop flight, book a flight which is one stop or two stops. The fare of flights with stops will be lower as compared to non-stop flights most of the time.
  • Check for Discounts: As we mentioned earlier, use all possible means to check the discounts the airlines are offering. Many a times, travel websites offer really good deals with packages that include air, car and hotel. Keep a track of the latest and lowest deals that they have in store for you and who knows, you just might get lucky!
  • Be Sure and Then Book Low: Not always, but most of the times, airplane seats with low fares are non changeable and non refundable. So, if you are not sure about the dates or your plans are subjected to change, then be sure first and then book. If you think you can change the dates later then let me warn you that changing the airline ticket comes with a heavy change fee.
  • Speed is The Key: Apart from all the points mentioned, bottom line is that one needs to be very quick at the best day to book airline tickets. This is because, there are limited seats at this price and unlimited people waiting to book those seats.

To conclude, we would just like to say is that knowing the best day to buy airline tickets is only half the battle won. One needs to be alert and quick enough to grab the best deals. So keep yourself informed and updated. Subscribe for an airfare alert, and the moment you get a mail, don't be lazy to book the seats later. Happy Travelling ~ article from Shalu Bhatti

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