Money Hack: The best times to book and fly revealed

Posted: 25 July 2018 1:22 pm
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Your cheat sheet on when to book your next holiday to score the cheapest flights.

When it comes to booking flights timing is everything. From the day of the week that you book your trip to the day of the week you fly, if you choose them carefully you could find yourself sitting pretty with a matzah of extra cash to spend on your holiday instead of getting to your holiday.

Want to know the secret to scoring the cheapest flight, particularly when there's no sale going on? We know a trick or two.

The hack:

We can't claim all the credit for this one. While in the past I've personally scouted out the best times of the day and the best days of the week to fly, Expedia has gone that much further, providing us with a cheat sheet on when to book and when to fly to certain locations on the cheap.

In short, the weekend is the ideal time to make your bookings for international flights. While it can be tempting to fly out on the weekend to cap in on a full week of work, everybody else is thinking the same and driving the price of Friday to Sunday trips up astronomically.

Instead, you can save costs by opting to fly on off-peak dates from Tuesday to Thursday.

Domestic travel trends follow a similar pattern with the best days to book being Saturday or Sunday. Travel however is a different ball game with Saturday generally being the cheapest day to fly out and Sunday and Monday being the priciest. This is likely because weekend holidaymakers make their way home on these dates, again driving price and demand up.

Planning your next holiday? Check out the best times to book below first to get the most bang out of your travelling buck and then test it out for yourself on Expedia.

Best time to book international flights:

Origin

Destination

Best day of the week to book

Most expensive day of the week to book

Best day of the week to fly

Most expensive day of the week to fly

Australia

Auckland

Sunday

Friday

Thursday

Sunday

Australia

Singapore

Sunday

Friday

Thursday

Sunday

Australia

London

Saturday

Thursday

Tuesday

Saturday

Australia

Hong Kong

Sunday

Friday

Wednesday

Sunday

Australia

Denpasar (Bali)

Sunday

Wednesday

Wednesday

Monday

Australia

Shanghai

Saturday

Friday

Thursday

Sunday

Australia

Los Angeles

Sunday

Thursday

Thursday

Friday

Australia

Dubai

Saturday

Sunday

Tuesday

Friday


Best time to book domestic flights:

Origin

Destination

Best day of the week to book

Most expensive day of the week to book

Best day of the week to fly

Most expensive day of the week to fly

Melbourne

Sydney

Saturday

Friday

Saturday

Tuesday

Brisbane

Sydney

Saturday

Friday

Saturday

Monday

Brisbane

Melbourne

Sunday

Friday

Saturday

Monday

Melbourne

Perth

Sunday

Friday

Friday

Sunday

Adelaide

Melbourne

Sat/Sun

Friday

Saturday

Monday


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