Weekends could be the worst time to book an airline flight

Published on: September 20, 2013 | Last Updated on September 20, 2013
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Don’t make the mistake of choosing the worst time to book an airline flight just because it’s most convenient.

Whether you’re working or retired, the pace of life generally slows down over weekends. But if that is when you decide to firm up your travel plans and purchase your tickets, it might be the worst time to book an airline flight.

FareCompare, an airline comparison site, regularly monitors fare hikes and based on their collected data, they warn travelers that weekends can be an especially risky time to purchase airline tickets for two reasons:

1) Sales expire before the weekend 

Sales typically roll out on Tuesdays, and run for two to three days before they expire. Therefore, ticket costs are likely to be lowest on Tuesday afternoon, says Rick Seaney, CEO of FareCompare.

2) Fare hikes begin before the weekend

Fare increases often begin on Thursdays or Fridays, and rollbacks (when they occur) generally don’t happen until Mondays. FareCompare cites the recent hike by Delta that was followed by one from United as an example. When other airlines didn’t match the hikes, prices were rolled back after the weekend.


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