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Sometimes you don’t get to choose your travel dates. Maybe you can only get a certain day off from work, or perhaps your friends are all meeting you in Vegas at a very specific time.
But on other trips, maybe you have that flexibility. And flexibility means saving money.
To illustrate, I looked at today’s average low price in 2,000 popular domestic markets for travel in August, September and October. I broke the data down by the day of week you depart, and the day of week you return. And then I put it all together in a grid (note that greener cells represent lower prices, and redder cells represent higher prices):
How should you interpret the data? I’d call attention to a couple of observations.
First, if you’re interested in week-long trips (those are the ones down the diagonal), you’ll save lots of money if you can travel midweek. The average low fare for a Wednesday-Wednesday trip is $222, which is 24% below the average Sunday-Sunday low fare of $291.
And second, if you can move your travel dates by just a day or two, you can often save money. The popular Friday-Sunday weekend trip averages $278, but to fly back on Monday averages $264 (5% less) and a Tuesday return reduces the average fare to $245 (12% less). You might not find these savings worthwhile if you’re flying alone, but if you’re traveling with a family of four they could add up to significant money.
Keep in mind, also, that these are the average fares across lots of markets. Your favorite route might have even greater savings! (Or, perhaps smaller ones.) The only way to find out is to search for yourself. Happy travels!
Got a question? Feel free to leave me a comment on the blog or send me a tweet.
my husband and i flew us air in may and we gave our seats for free tickets .we also spent 6 boring hours for the next flight .when they asked for volunteers they said we would get two free round trip tickets to anywhere in the lower 48 states.
We decided to book a cruise for next yr in may 2010 from Seattle to Alaska, we called us airways to book our flights and they gave us the run around and said they only had a few free per flights and they were gone ,but we could use our voucher worth 200 and pay 700 extra per person for next yr.to fly. To say they that they did not have seats yet they were willing to sell us an expensive one is just really stupid .we thought that was rediculus and that they should tell their pessengers the whole truth
about the free tickets.
We are planning a 2 month vacation and I have some specific places I want to visit. Namely Egypt and Australia. Also want to visit Thailand or nearing placed of interest. Any ideas on when the best time to travel is and/or where to go?
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