The Sneaky Way to Save Money on Flights

Date:25-05-2013 06:50:07 read:5
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Weekend to-do list: Book a ticket to paradise?

Looking for a bargain flight? Wait until the weekend. Airline tickets are 5 percent cheaper on Saturday and Sunday than weekdays, says new research in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

But there’s a catch: The trend is most evident in flight routes that cater to both business and leisure passengers (like Boston to LaGuardia or Dallas to Denver), says study coauthor Steve Puller, Ph.D., a professor at Texas A&M University.

That’s because airlines try to accommodate two types of clients on these flights. Business travelers tend to purchase tickets during the week, “and generally, they’re willing to pay more,” Puller says. Leisure travelers, on the other hand, purchase tickets any day of the week (including weekends) and tend to be more price-sensitive. “That means airlines have an incentive to attract these leisure travelers by lowering fares on the weekends.”

Looking for a straight shot to Vegas? The day you book may be less important than when you do it, according to 2012 research from airline ticket site Kayak. After crunching numbers, the company found that booking 21 days before departure on domestic trips—and 34 days in advance for international travel—secures you the best bang for your buck.

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