Back in the day, smart travellers could make savings by flying out on
Tuesdays instead of the weekend, or switching to smaller airports. But
times change – and so do airline pricing models. We analysed three years
of Skyscanner booking data,Cheap Flights from Shanghai to Phuket and discovered some surprising new money-saving tricks.
of us research our holiday plans during the week, then discuss the
options with our travelling companions at the weekend. But if you go
online on a Saturday to buy your tickets, you could be paying over the
odds. Airline pricing models are fluid, so a price you see one day (or
even minute!) might increase or decrease the next. The airlines keep
their pricing model data close to their chests, so there’s no set rule
about when is the best time to whip out your plastic.
looking at three years’ worth of data (2015-2017), we found that
travellers who bought their tickets on a Saturday paid on average 5%
more than those who went online to make their purchase on a Monday. On a
£500 flight, that’s £25. While it might not make a huge difference for
the cheapest fares (after all, how much lower can a £9.99 flight go?),
for group trips or pricey flights, it could be worth the wait.
to increase your odds of booking at the right time? Check out the Best
Time to Book tool, which gives an indication of the best time to book
your tickets between set routes for hundreds of destinations – and the
cheapest months to travel, too. So whether you want to book a dream trip
to Tokyo or a citybreak to Krakow, it’ll tell you how far ahead to book
– and which months to travel – to maximise your chances of the lowest