What day should you fly to save your wallet and avoid canceled or delayed flights? For the second consecutive year, Liligo, travel comparators and Air Indemnité, which specializes in compensating passengers who are victims of delayed flights, have compiled their 2019 data. avoid waiting hours at an airport, better to leave on a Monday.
In 2019, the same cost / delay study led to choosing Wednesday as the best compromise. “This year there were many strikes, especially in December, analyzes Laura Vol, spokesperson for Air Indemnité. And it is mainly the midweek days that were affected, especially on Tuesdays and Thursdays. ” In detail, here are the conclusions of the study which distill some tips for smart travel.
When to book a flight?
"The price of flights changes according to supply and demand," recalls Guillaume Rostand, marketing director of liligo.com. In other words, on weekends, as customers have more time to book their flights, prices go up faster. ” Banish Saturday and Sunday to do your shopping. In the statistics game, in 2019, two days seem more favorable to book your flight, that is to say to get a better price. Tuesday for travelers departing from provincial airports such as Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône), Lyon (Rhône) or Nantes (Loire-Atlantique). And Friday for Paris airports.
With sometimes substantial savings. According to Guillaume Rostand, Parisians can save up to 70% of the average price of a Paris-Bangkok or Paris-Phuket ticket simply by booking on Friday rather than on weekends. "But the rule that does not change is to book your plane ticket as soon as possible, two to six months before, insists the marketing director. It is very rare to have ridiculous prices less than fifteen days before departure. Finally, if you want to fully optimize your chances of getting a good deal, look for your flight between 7 am and 9 am It is at this time of the day that the cheapest prices are most numerous.
When to go at low prices?
These are the flights on Tuesdays and Thursdays, where the prices are statistically the lowest. "If you are flexible on your dates and can avoid going from weekends to weekends, you can achieve 10% to 12% savings," says Guillaume Rostand. And small advice, for the short stays of the weekend, it is better to leave three days from Saturday to Monday rather than from Friday to Sunday. Your wallet will thank you.
What day to go to avoid delays?
Like last year, Wednesday is the day with the fewest disruptions in the air and at airports. On the other hand, Tuesday and Thursday concentrate the problems - breakdowns on the plane, bad weather, strike or even saturated traffic - and constitute the worst days to travel. Moreover, 55% of the problems encountered on Tuesday even result in flight cancellations. "If you have to leave on these days, take a flight between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. or after 9 p.m.," advises Laura Vol. Delays are less frequent. "
What are the top 3 destinations?
According to the price / quality ratio from Paris, there are Athens (Greece), Marrakech (Morocco) and London (England). For the worst, the two Tunisian cities of Tunis and Djerba come first, followed by New York. "One can wonder if it is not related to the controls required by the American authorities", advance Laura Vol. Finally for those who have no idea for their next vacation: “Look at Asia, advises Guillaume Rostand. Once the coronavirus has passed, companies should offer good deals to attract customers again. "