Best days and times to travel by air

travel makers mdWhat’s the best days and times to fly? Well, it depends on who you talk to. Some say that if budget is an issue and you want to spend less on your airfare tickets, you should fly during the week, not on weekends. However, if you want to get a deal, moneysaving experts also advise purchasing it months ahead of time or snagging a ticket at the last minute. Confusing!

The reality is that there are deals to be made all the time on airfare, so the idea is to become familiar with the prices and check in on a regular basis.

If it is airport crowds that you want to avoid when you travel, definitely skip out on flying the day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after Thanksgiving, as well as Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Instead, if you really need to be home for Aunt Melba’s fruitcake, opt for an alternative travel day, but be careful what you pick because the peak holiday travel period extends to the weekends before the holidays too.

Thinking of breaking away during the spring? If you’re thinking of going to an island or a popular party spot after the beginning of the year, you might want to hold off traveling from late February through the beginning of April. This is the time when most co-eds are hitting the beach, so they will be filled with beer parties, wet t-shirt contests and all night mixers. Then again, if that’s why you are traveling, this is the perfect time for you.  

Sum, sum summertime is a great time to travel so it would be crazy to tell you that it’s not the best time to catch a flight since everyone wants to go on vacation. Instead, travel during weekends that aren’t connected to holidays, like the Fourth of July.

Truth is, nobody can predict the absolute best day to travel. You can try to travel on at what is considered a perfect time to fly and then a major snowstorm changes everything. Your airline might have a hold up one day, but there may not be any issues another day.

It is best to do your own research and see what the best days and times to travel are for you, depending on your needs, destination, etc. For example, one husband hates to get up early in the morning, so no matter how good the deal is, the wife would prefer to fly in the afternoon just to prevent him from being grumpy. Another passenger does not sleep well on red eye flights, so she finds that super early flights work best for her. What works best for you?

Travel Makers MD