Many travel experts preach to never buy airline tickets on weekends.
I am here to tell you that it is a myth.
Why is it a myth?
To disprove a “never” statement, all I have to do is find one instance where an airfare is lower on the weekend.
“… but,” the experts say (in the above case, it is a WSJ article), “the average airfare is higher on weekend days.” Well, then, do not say NEVER buy airfares on the weekend. Say that airfare average prices or that most airfares are higher on weekends.
Silly me, people will not read an article unless it has an overblown, exaggerated title.
I bought an airline ticket this past Sunday. GASP.
On Sunday, the person I bought the ticket for was ready to buy. I had tracked the fare for a few days so I knew what the cheapest flight would cost.
It was the same price on Sunday. Not higher.
Another example. Last week, airlines came out with some great airfares to Hawaii. On Thursday, DC to Honolulu was $475.
On Saturday, it was $456. The weekend price was LOWER.
Should I say ONLY buy on the weekend?
McCool Travel Cheap Airfare Rule: Buy Your Airfare When It Is a Good Deal
The cheapest airfare might be on a weekday. The cheapest airfare might be on the weekend. Perhaps both.
Never say never. “Never buy airfares on the weekend” is a myth.
It could be a weekday, weekend, or holiday. Any day can be a great day for a cheap airfare.
Charles McCool is an independent consumer travel advocate.
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