Airline employees explain the best strategy to get inexpensive flights — and it turns out that the day you book matters.


IF YOU’RE thinking of booking a holiday this week, you should wait until the weekend to go ahead with it.

Experts at Expedia and Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) have teamed up to reveal the handy travel hacks including when to book flights and how to save money on accommodation.

Next time you are bored on a Friday and planning a hot holiday somewhere, you should wait a few days before booking one.

Flight prices can fluctuate throughout the week – and studies have shown that you could pay more depending on the day you book a holiday abroad.

While the most expensive day is a Friday, the cheapest is a Sunday, with a difference between 15 per cent and 20 per cent.

So wait a few days, and you could make a saving on the same trip.

A hot holiday in November or December can be tempting – but this is likely to set you back more money.

If travelling abroad, then December is one of the most expensive months, perhaps not surprisingly as Brits ditch the freezing UK weather.

If you want a holiday but don’t care when you go, you should instead opt for September, just after the summer holidays.

This could save you up to 40 per cent – and most of Europe is still much warmer than the UK for a last hit of some summer sun.

If travelling domestically, you could save nearly half depending on the month.

November is the priciest, while March is the cheapest – with a difference of 45 per cent.

You might have more time at the weekend to book a hotel break, but this isn’t the best time for savings.

The study found that the cheapest days to book is on Wednesdays and Fridays.

For domestic breaks, opt for the Friday, but for international trips, opt for a Wednesday.

Saturday and Sunday are more expensive by five per cent.

While five-star hotels are obviously more expensive, going down a star each time could save you up to 50 per cent.

The study found that difference in price between a five-star and four-star – where guests are unlikely to notice much difference.

You could save 30 per cent by going from a four-star to a three-star.


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