National Cheap Flight Day: how to get the best deals on airfare

Aug. 23 is Cheap Flight Day

August 23, 2019

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(KNOU) — Cheap Flight Day is Friday, Aug. 23, however, despite the name, today is not necessarily the best day to score a cheap flight, according to CNBC

“The bad news is that there’s not any single cheapest day of the year to book flights, but the good news is that right now we’re living in the golden age of cheap flights,” Scott Keyes told CNBC. Keyes is the co-founder and CEO of Scott’s Cheap Flights

With that in mind, Cheapair.com analyzed 917 million airfares in 2018. Here are some of the tried and true methods they landed on for saving money when traveling by air, as compiled by Lifehacker

  • Book your flight about 8 weeks in advance. If you buy your ticket four months to three weeks in advance, you're positioning yourself to save money. The best possible time to buy, if you want to save the most, is 76 days beforehand. 
  • Travel on weekdays. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the cheapest days to fly, compared to Sunday which is the most expensive. 
  • Plan ahead to travel during busy months. If you're vacationing in the summer, book flights three months in advance. In the fall? Book 69 days in advance. 
  • Don't waste your time. Instead of constantly checking airfare websites, just stick to the formula. Buy your tickets two and a half months in advance, and plan to depart and return on either a Tuesday or Wednesday. 

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