The best time to book flights

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11 Mar

The best time to book flights

Interesting perspective from Peter Greenberg on the best timing for getting a great deal on flights:

There is a specific time to to book your airline tickets: Wednesday at 1 am, just one hour after Tuesday midnight.

Why? Turns out, most low airfares seem to appear between Sunday night and Monday night. And then, when people find those fares, they have 24 hours in which to purchase them. At midnight Tuesday, all the discount fares that weren’t purchased come flooding back into the airline’s computer systems. And that’s when you strike.

You can’t do this online…you need to have a conversation with a human being at the airline.

Here’s the catch: The rule doesn’t apply to one particular time zone. It applies best to the time zone of the airline’s hub.

I can’t vouch for the validity of this, but I’m certainly going to give it a go over the next few months…

One concern is that by phoning the call centre, one often incurs a telephone booking fee that outweighs the flight cost saving. The other is that many airlines do not have call centres open at that time of the day. E.g. British Airway’s phone booking line (0844 493 0787 option 1 in the UK) is only open daily from 07:30 – 20:00.

Do you have a preferred day/time to book flights?

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