It can be frustrating to be on the same flight with other passengers who paid less than you for their ride. After all, you’re getting the same service, but the costs can vary greatly. Luckily, there are insider tricks to help you get the lowest fare.
- Reports show that passengers pay “nearly six percent below the average fare” when they purchase tickets six weeks ahead of their flight.
- To be more precise, research shows that typically 54 days before the flight is the absolute lowest price for your trip. If you miss that window, make sure you purchase your ticket at least 21 days in advance. Contrary to traditional thought, airline flights do not get cheaper as you get closer to takeoff.
- Buy your tickets in the morning. Insiders tell U.S. News and World Report that “airlines only post a limited number of seats at a reduced fare at night.” Those fares are typically gone as the day goes along.
- Tuesdays at 3 PM Eastern time is the best day and time to buy your tickets, according to farecompare.com.
- Com also reports that Wednesday is the cheapest day to fly. So see if that mid-week departure can fit into your schedule.
- S. News and World Report advise that the cheapest flights are usually the ones that depart first in the morning.