It is the age-old question: Is there really a specific day to book flights to get the best cheap deals? Well, if a new report is anything to go by, then yes there is.
Findings featured in Expedia’s 2024 Air Travel Hacks Report revealed that Sunday is the best day to book your flight if you want a cheap deal, while Friday is the best day to take your flight.
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The sweet spot for flight bookings is 112-132 days in advance, Expedia found, adding that booking your flight six months in advance would be just as expensive as leaving it to the last minute.
Sunday is the most expensive day to travel, and flights booked for a Friday can save you up to 26% in cost.
Expedia analysed billions of data points from the Airline Reporting Corporation’s (ARC) global airline sales database to come up with its findings.
The report also found that flying on a Friday between the hours of 9am and 3pm was the time you were least likely to experience cancellations, while January was named as the best month to travel without delays and cancellations.
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A separate survey from the company quizzed 2,000 travellers on their top holiday stressors and found that 74% of people are afraid of forgetting their passport before a flight, while 49% are worried they will leave their money and credit cards at home.
A third of flyers (33%) are willing to pay extra to choose their own seat, while 30% would pay more to have more leg room.
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The 20 most stressful moments for travellers
Flight delays or cancellations
Long lines/ crowds
Getting stuck in traffic on the way to the airport
The size of the queue at security
Border and passport checks/ customs clearance
Tight connecting flights
Sitting in a confined spot for an extended period
Misplacing your passport
Forgetting to pack something
Not being able to sit together with your travel partners
Sitting next to a stranger on the plane
Full overhead baggage storage
Boarding or exiting the plane
Having the incorrect boarding pass
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