Which Days Of The Week Should I Travel For The Best Pricing?
I’m planning to visit my grandchildren in Dallas – Fort Worth in August. Which days of the week should I book my departure and return flights for the best pricing?
I’m so glad you asked this question, because there’s an easy answer. Nine times out of ten, you’re going to get the best flight deals when you book flights for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. These are the least-traveled days of the week and as a result, often the cheapest to fly. And you don’t need to take my word for it — read the fine print of almost any airfare sale and you’ll notice those rock-bottom prices advertised are for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays only. Coincidence? I think not.
Some online travel sites, Travelocity included, have a feature known as flexible date search. This feature allows you to either search for departing and returning flights within one to three days of your ideal travel dates (perfect for when you have a time frame in mind for your trip) or to search over a longer period of time (perfect for when you have a greater degree of flexibility). When you’re looking for cheap flights on Travelocity, simply check ‘exact dates,’ ‘+/- 1 to 3 days,’ or ‘flexible dates.’
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My name: Genevieve Shaw Brown. I also answer to Genny and Gen.
How I earn my keep: I work at Travelocity.
Greatest travel lesson learned: I travel for my job, but I've learned work is work, vacation is vacation, and it's best not to try and do both on one trip.
Fondest travel memory: There are so many... but a recent experience was being totally jet-lagged and waking up pre-dawn in Koh Samui, Thailand, and watching the sun rise with my husband on the beach. We talked about what all our friends and family were doing at that very same moment as the sun set back home in New York.
First thing I do in a new place: Peruse the local restaurants and map out my dining strategy for the duration of my trip. Dining strategy = eating at as many restaurants as humanly possible.
First thing I do when I get home: Put a push pin on the destination I just returned from on the map of the world that hangs on the wall above my couch.
Travel ambition: To cover that map completely in push pins.
My most beloved place in the whole world: Cockle Cove Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts.