Expedia Travel Hacks Report, When to Book and How to Minimize Disruptions
Expedia released this week its 2023 Air Travel Hacks Report, providing the latest essential tips to save travelers time and money on flights. The report is in its eighth year and it is created in partnership with Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) and leveraging insights from its global air ticketing database.
The data complied shows some useful tips such as the best day of the week to book airfare and how to minimize the risk of being impacted by delays and cancellations.
Top tips from the 2023 Air Travel Hacks report include:
- Book airfare on a Sunday to save up to 15%. Travelers who book on Sundays instead of Fridays tend to save, on average, around 5% on domestic flights and 15% on international flights.
- Book at least a month before domestic flights and six months before international flights to save 10%. Travelers that booked in these periods saved 10% on average compared to those who waited until the last minute. For those who prefer to plan further in advance, booking domestic airfares any earlier than 113 days out has historically been more expensive, but may ensure you get your preferred flights. Domestic airfares have been more expensive in the 3.5 – 6 months before departure, so try not to book early.
- Depart before 3 p.m. to reduce chance of cancellations. Based on year-to-date flight status data, flights that depart after 3pm have the highest chance of being cancelled – a 50% higher chance, on average, than those that depart earlier in the day.
- Depart on a Wednesday to save up to 15%. In general, travelers who started a trip on a Wednesday, versus the beginning of the week (a Sunday or a Monday) saved, on average, 15% on domestic flights. For international flights, travelers who departed on a Wednesday instead of during the weekend (a Sunday or a Saturday) saved 10% on average.
You can see the full report here.