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Seeing the world is one of the best things you can do, so long as you travel responsibly and with respect to your host destination. Travel is, however, quite expensive. Thankfully there are many ways you can save on travel.
Knowing the best time to book flights can save you upwards of 48% on airfare. Opodo says the best time to book popular routes is, on average, six weeks before you fly. This sweet spot will help you choose the best dates and save on one of the biggest travel expenses. The savings you can find, of course, will depend on your destination, the amount of companies servicing the route, the time you book and the time you fly. There are so many variables and factors when it comes to airfare, and knowing them all can help you strategize and find the best possible flights for your budget.
Far too many people are barred from being able to travel due to budget constraints or due to too many responsibilities at home, but with cheaper airfare and more options when it comes to travel, the world is opening up to an increasing amount of people. Budget travellers, for instance, find many deals for popular routes, from airfare to accommodation and businesses fight to get more traffic and more customers. Booking at the right time can further reduce your airfare, as can booking for the right time.
What if I miss the six-week sweet spot?
Six weeks before you travel, for instance, may be the sweet spot when it comes to getting the best deals for the dates you want. However, if you miss this opportunity, all is not lost. You can still find many bargains if you book in week 2, which is ideal for those who are hoping for an impulsive holiday. It’s best not to buy your tickets a week before, though.
What are the best days and months to book?
Wednesdays in January are on average the best dates to book, best for those hoping to avoid the January Blues. This is also prime time for those looking for short-haul flights. However, if you’re looking for a long-haul flight, then booking in September and on a Tuesday is the best bet for you. For domestic flights, try booking on Sundays in October.
There are so many ways that you can save money on flying, even if the flight in question is a last minute decision. However, avoid the week before (as prices will have been increased), and try to refrain from booking too far in advance you’ll be missing out on any discounts. Of course, if prices begin to soar, then simply wait for them to drop. You can do this by monitoring comparison sites.
Knowing the industry trends and averages can help you save money. The flight will be the same, the experience will be the same, but, as this infographic explains, the price can change drastically. Save more money on the same flight, and you can do more on the ground.