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I get asked this question a lot and I’m not sure if I’m ever able to answer it correctly since airline fare pricing is fickle and you should never count on deals on a certain day.
However, that being said, one of the best deal I ever found was a Delta fire-sale on European flights, which came to $230 total round-trip, and that was on a Tuesday. In my unscientific experience, I’ve also noticed cheaper fares on Wednesdays.
By the way, I found the epic fare to Europe (which hundreds of people took advantage of) by setting a Travelocity FareWatcher Plus Alert for JFK-MAD. When the airline lowered the base fare below $300, I received an email. Normally they add so many taxes and fuel surcharges that it doesn’t make the fare that special, but this time the fare actually stayed at $230, which got my adrenaline pumping as I quickly pulled out my credit card and started booking! I recommend setting FareWatcher Plus (click on the My Travelocity tab on the home screen) alerts for any city pairs you travel so you can get in on a deal before the masses. Airlines usually only release a certain number of seats for fare sales, so they are usually gone by Thursday/Friday.
My experiences seem to coincide with Scott McCartney’s recent article on buying airfare in which he finds that fares are usually lower on Tuesday/Wednesday. This piece was pretty interesting and McCartney interviews some of the industry’s top fare experts for their opinion.
I also get asked about the best day to book award tickets. Unfortunately, even with my practice with redeeming millions of miles, I don’t think there is a specific day of the week that can be counted on over another. Airlines have become smarter about releasing award inventory, whereas back in the day, they’d release a bunch 11 months before a flight and then intermittently throughout the year. That can still happen, but the trend I’ve seen is for the airline to open up closer to departure when they have a better sense of their actual flight sales. Overall, buying airline tickets (whether revenue or award) is a cat and mouse game, but the better informed you are, the more value you can get out of the system. With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.
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