The nomadic lifestyle has a huge number of benefits, but one of the costs that can often hit you where it hurts is the travel itself. It’s all well and good being where you want to be, but how do you get the best prices for where you want to go?
Luckily, online travel agency Opodo have released their findings on the best time to book flights, and you may be more than a little surprised by some of the potential savings available.
Not only have they identified the best days of the week to buy your tickets, but Opodo has found that September and October are the cheapest months to book flights, so that may become the linchpin of your travel itinerary.
However, these indications reveal much more than that, and if you want to get the best prices on the best flights, then here’s a breakdown of when you should be hitting the ‘buy’ button and booking the next leg of your adventure. Here’s some useful tips on finding the easiest ways to save money on flights.
Timing is essential
Like most people, you are probably of the thinking that there are two windows of opportunity when it comes to getting the lowest prices for your flights: well in advance or very last minute. That may feel as if it should be right, but the data not only disputes that notion, it also specifies exactly when you should be committing to your flight ticket purchases.
The key time is six weeks before departure if you’re booking a long-haul or domestic flight, but for short-haul flights, you should be looking at buying your tickets seven weeks before you intend to depart. In amongst all of the other information that this data set provides, that is the key takeaway that you should keep in mind at all times.
Never buy on a Monday
We don’t like Mondays, and neither should you. You may have escaped the 9-5, but Mondays are still one of the worst days to buy your flights. Instead, check out the prices on a Saturday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and compare the prices depending on your flight type.
Each flight option comes with a different day where prices are consistently cheaper, and you could end up saving a substantial amount simply by waiting for a day. If you get the timings right, you could be buying your long-haul flight on a Saturday afternoon in January, six weeks before you jet off into the sunset and with a bundle of extra cash in your wallet.
Don’t fall for the traditional ways of trying to get cheaper tickets.
Even though there are vast amounts of (often conflicting) sources about tips and tricks to get cheaper flights, the truth is that this data analysis has relied on facts, not supposition.
Don’t panic too much if you do miss the best windows to buy in though, as the handy infographic shows that there are other ways to get the most out of your travel budget, and those ways are all based on factual evidence.
For nomads, it’s the facts that can make all the difference.