Whether it’s for the holidays, spring break or summer vacation, it’s never too early to start planning your trip. That includes scoping out airline tickets.
But when should you buy? There are a ton of theories out there about the best day to buy airline tickets.
What you probably heard is that Tuesday at 3 p.m. is the best day to score a deal on airfare. New studies, however, shows that you’re more likely to find cheap tickets on a Saturday or Sunday.
So, which is it? I’ve done the research to help you get the best deal on your next flight.
First, let me explain why so many folks think that Tuesday is the best day to buy cheap airline tickets.
That’s because airlines often announce deals on Monday evenings. By Tuesday at noon, other airlines are scrambling to match those deals. So Tuesday afternoons are the best time to hunt for reduced airfare.
Peter Greenberg over at CBS News suggests waiting until 1 a.m. on Wednesday to snag the deals that didn’t get taken on Tuesday. But he also recommends calling the airline and talking to a ticket agent in person, so this one is for the most dedicated money-savers.
Texas A&M University, however, crunched the numbers and found that weekends are actually the best time to book airline tickets. That’s because airlines are more likely to lower their fares on Saturday and Sunday to attract leisure travelers.