(Caty Hill/Market Watch) – If you want cheaper plane tickets, you may need to change the timing of your trip.
According to data that airfare research firm Hopper.com ran for MarketWatch, airfare tends to be cheapest for people who fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday, compared with other days of the week. On a Sunday (the most expensive day to fly), you may pay nearly 10% more to fly than you would on a Tuesday or Wednesday, according to the Hopper analysis, which looked at flights over the last year that were planned at least two weeks in advance.
“Sunday tends to be expensive both because it’s a weekend, which is popular with leisure travelers, and because it’s often favored by business travelers looking to get where they’re going for a Monday start,” explains Patrick Surry, the chief data scientist at Hopper. Furthermore, he adds: “Some airlines take advantage of that by charging more for round-trip tickets that don’t include a Saturday night stay.”
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