With summer in sight, many Britons are gearing up to make summer travel plans. While January sales are a good place to start making savings, travel experts have discovered your planned date of departure could be the key to budget-savvy bookings. In fact, changing your departure date could help cut costs by at least 10 percent.
Data from Skyscanner has revealed that while Sunday used to be the most expensive day to travel, Tuesday now takes the crown for the day of the week boasting the priciest tickets.
Meanwhile, it seems Friday is the departure date to go for if holidaymakers want to cut costs.
Skyscanner found that travellers who switched their travel date from a Tuesday to a Friday could save as much as 11 percent.
Unsurprisingly though, this means that Friday is also the busiest day for travel meaning passengers could be part of a crowd at the airport.
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The data also discovered that the day of booking can make all the difference.
Customers who booked their holiday on a Wednesday tended to get the best deals, while those who secured their plans on a Monday faced the highest costs.
“With the busiest month for flight bookings underway we wanted to crunch our latest data to uncover flight insights that could help travellers find the best deals in 2020,” said Skyscanner spokesperson Ruma Cummins.
“Once again there is evidence that suggests Friday is still the cheapest day of the week for travellers to fly out of the UK, which could explain while Fridays are also the busiest day for outbound travel from the UK.
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“Tuesday is now the most expensive day of the week to fly out and by switching flight departure dates from a Tuesday to a Friday could save travellers 11 percent.
“Money can also be saved depending on the day of the week travellers book a ticket, and whilst this can vary depending on route and dates of travel, there is evidence to suggest that Wednesday is the cheapest day to book flights from the UK.
“Travellers should also consider flying out of a different airport nearby to save money, for example, a family of four could save over £300 by switching to a different departure airport that’s not much further away.”
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How else can I save on travel expenses?
The experts at Skyscanner have a few tricks up their sleeve when it comes to making sizeable savings.
One of their top tips is to consider flying from a different airport to your usual flight hub.
Though it may mean an additional journey to an alternative airport, Skyscanner’s research show travellers could save up to £300 on certain routes by doing so.
Alternatively, consider mixing and matching airlines.
The experts point out that a departing and return journey do not necessarily have to be with the same airline.
By flying home with a different operator customers could see a massive price difference.
Alternatively, when it comes to package holidays, it seems Monday is the best day to book.
Travel money specialist at Equals joined forces with a team of travel experts to discover more ways passengers could make the ultimate savings.
They found that the first day of the week was where most savings sit if you want to get a good deal on an entire holiday.
They were, however, in agreement that Friday is the cheapest day to fly.
Their research reveals passengers could get their journey up to 21 percent cheaper compared to a Sunday flight.
“There is evidence that suggests Friday is the cheapest day of the week for travellers to fly out of the UK and Sunday is the most expensive day to fly out of the UK,” explained Lisa Tyndall, senior growth manager at Skyscanner.
“Switching their flight departure date from a Sunday to a Friday could save travellers 21 per cent.
“Travellers should also consider flying out of a different airport nearby to save money, for example, a family of four could save over £500 by switching to a different departure airport that’s not much further away.”