Tuesday And Wednesday Are Best Days To Buy Airfare, Smart Guys Say

The best day to buy airfare is often Tuesday, but Wednesday also offers good deals, which are sometimes even better. How come?

Most sales kick off on Monday night and the other airlines match those prices by Tuesday morning. Rick Seaney, CEO of FareCompare.com, tells WSJ that his long-term analysis of airfare prices says that at 3pm Eastern on Tuesday is when “the maximum number of cheapest seats are in the marketplace.”

On the other hand, prices on the weekend are usually higher. In an interesting take on supply and demand, the airlines usually opt to give out their best prices when more travelers are shopping for tickets.

Whatever You Do, Don’t Buy an Airline Ticket On… [WSJ]


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  1. Mr. Fix-It says: "Canadian Bacon is best bacon!" says:

    Nobody flies on Tuesday or Wednesday. The worst days are (obviously) Monday and Friday, especially for those poor souls who fly on standby passes.

  2. theyoungandthebetrayed says:

    Somebody just told me this, adding that Wednesday was cheap because they’re Tuesday’s sale seats that people held or reserved and then didn’t end up buying. Don’t know if that’s true or not though.

  3. packcamera says:

    This article looks really familiar…




    Oh yeah, you have covered this subject a half-dozen times already (I only posted a few). Not the best way to demonstrate why Consumerist deserves a Bloggie Award.

    It is pretty ballsy to post an article titled “Apparently, No One At The Gap Has Ever Looked At The Internet” when it is clear that Consumerist writers aren’t looking at their own site.

  4. Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ) says:

    I’ll pass on what the Smart Guys say and wait to hear what the Wise Guys have to say.

  5. Consumeristing says:

    OK, I guess this is the day to price that trip to Italy.

  6. GrimJack says:

    Is this news? I feel like it’s been common knowledge since I’ve been flying for business (20 years or so) that Tuesday and Wednesday are always the cheapest days to fly… Unless, of course, they mean that those are the cheapest days to *book* airfare, independent of what the days of travel are…

  7. mike says:

    This is kind of like going grocery shopping on Monday’s or Tuesdays. You never want to go on a weekend, since most of the good produce has already been sold and the ones left are getting old.