The Cheapest Day to Book Your Next Flight Isn’t Tuesday

New data from Expedia shows there's travel savings to be had if you time your booking right.

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Before you click purchase on your next flight, maybe wait until the weekend to buy? Expedia has released its 2024 Air Travel Hacks Report, which includes trends and tips for traveling, and data from the report shows that Sunday is, on average, the cheapest day of the week to book a flight. Planning your next vacation sounds like the perfect cure for Sunday scaries.

The report also found that Friday is the most expensive day to buy a plane ticket, and that travelers who book on Sundays instead of Fridays save on average 6% on domestic flights and 13% on international flights. That’s a decent chunk of change to spend at duty-free during a layover!

That said, while booking your flight on Sunday will save you some coin, make sure you don’t actually depart on Sunday, which on average was found to be the priciest day to start a trip (leave on Thursday to save up to 16% on average).

How far out you book flights can also factor into saving travel money, the report found. If you’re booking a domestic flight, travelers who booked 28 days prior to departure saved on average 24% compared to those who booked last minute. And you’ll want to be a bit more strategic if planning an international trip. The report found travelers should book international airfare around 60 days out from their departure, but no earlier than four months in advance, to yield the best availability and savings. It was found that average ticket prices for international flights peaked around four months out from departure, and folks who book using the above parameters saved on average around 10% compared to those who booked further out.

Does all this navigating while planning a flight stress you out? That isn’t surprising, since Expedia’s research also found that air travel is the leading cause of stress for 55% of Americans, ranking it more stressful in polling than filing taxes or even visiting the dentist. Which is fair, as we’ve had root canals easier than some flight delay nightmares in our day.

To help manage travel stress, check out the rest of the report for more hacks on how to save and the best tips to help minimize trip woes while flying.

Looking for more travel tips?

Whether you need help sneaking weed onto a plane, finding an airport where you can sign up for PreCheck without an appointment, or making sure you’re getting everything you’re entitled to when your flight is canceled, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for up-to-date travel hacks and all the travel news you need to help you plan your next big adventure.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTikTokTwitterFacebookPinterest, and YouTube.

Lisa White is a contributor for Thrillist. Follow her on Instagram.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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