Travel on Tuesday - coincidence or no?
Tuesday is a good day to book your Airfare. According to FareCompare, airlines in the U.S. typically start sales on Tuesdays before 3 p.m. eastern time. For U.S. travelers, the cheapest days to fly are typically Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Why are week days typically cheaper than the weekend? Most people who work week days 9 to 5 are limited on the days they can travel unless they take vacation time. Plus the weekend is such a popular time to travel, it make the airfares noticeably more expensive during that time. (Especially around the holidays.) I typically like to split my weeks and travel from Tuesday to Wednesday to include the weekend when I can. Not only are you likely to get cheaper rates, but you have a better chance of getting your preferred seat and maybe even an upgrade for a little more legroom. After all, you just saved some money so now you can afford the upgrade!
Some people sign up for airfare alerts to let you know when pricing goes down. Personally, I would rather not have all the junk mail in my inbox. Also, if you have been looking for airfare, it’s likely they know when and where you want to go and prices rarely decrease for something you have been searching because they know you want it. Prices really vary by supply and demand. As the flight fills up, the remaining seats go up in price.
Other than buying on week days, what can you do?
Always clear your browsing history before starting your search. Why do I do this? If you have recently been browsing for airline tickets you’ve created a history in your computer. When you load a page, it remembers that you have visited before. Many bargain-hunters believe that this awareness that you have already expressed interest causes the prices to steadily climb to more you keep searching for the same destination. You can clear the cookies and cache either from the history or settings tab in your browser choose “clear browsing data.”
If you want to keep other remembered sites in your browser you can just search incognito instead. To use this great trick if using Google Chrome, just right click on the Google Chrome icon before you launch the application. This will start the menu with an option “New Incognito Window” There is a second option if you have already been browsing in Google Chrome. Simply hit and hold the following keys: Control, Shift, N (Command, Shift, N for Mac users).
For Firefox users, Click on the settings icon on the top right- hand corner. This will bring you to a drop down menu where you can select the option “New Private Window.”
In Safari on your Mac computer, it is also called “New Private Window.” Just right on the icon before you start browsing and select the option for “New Private window.”
If booking from your mobile device, it can be a bit trickier. While in your browser you will need to tap the pages icon and you should see the + sign to open another window. Tapping the + sign will open a regular browser. If you'd rather browse privately, be sure to tap "Private" right beside it.
For Android users, open Chrome, then click More (the three vertical dots), then hit Incognito Window. When the new window opens, you'll see an icon that looks like a face with a fedora and glasses. (this is where you find your incognito icon.)
There is always some debate on whether using Incognito Windows and eliminating cookies and browsing history will have a substantial impact on airfares. Each website works differently, so it's hard to say. But if never hurts to tinker with a regular window and an Incognito Window and see what happens. I am fortunate to have a travel club where one of the benefits is rate protection on my airfare bookings. This gives me more piece of mind when I booking my flight to know that if the price goes down, as a member, I will get the lower price. But because I am so passionate about people getting out and seeing the world, I always like to help others save money to travel.
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