Opodo reveals the best time to book cheap flights…

The best time to book cheap flights is 42 days before your preferred departure date, according to Opodo.co.uk.

The online travel agency studied thousands of return-flights, departing from the UK to all destinations from November 2016 – October 2017, to work out when travellers can get the best deal on flights. After looking at the average cost of flights month-by-month, six weeks prior to departure was found to be the optimal time to book.

Flights booked around 42 days before preferred departure dates saved customers around 48% less on domestic, short-haul and long-haul flights. The analysis also found that last-minute flights tended to spike seven days before departure.

Opodo also claims the best time to book long-haul flights is in September. However, those looking for domestic routes should book in October for the lowest prices. January is apparently the cheapest month to book short-haul flights.

Purchasing flights on a Sunday are likely to offer the cheapest rates for domestic travel, while long-haul flights are best booked on a Tuesday and Wednesdays are best for short haul.

To make ensure customers are getting the best bang for their buck, Opodo has also introduced a free-to-use an online tool to find the cheapest average airfares from their nearest departure airport depending on the time of year they wish to travel.


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