I’m not saying these tactics were always myths because they had to catch on somehow. However, in today’s budget travel market it’s simply no longer the case. In the last decade, there have been a massive boost in budget friendly travel websites and agencies bringing an end to these myths.
MYTH 1 - BOOKING EARLY = LOWER RATE
The lies they tell. In all actuality, booking early can often result in you paying more. Let’s define the time ranges:
Booking Early: 116+ days or about 4 months or more prior to your trip
The Sweet Spot: 20-115 days or about 1 to 3 1/2 months prior to your trip
To Late: 19 days or fewer prior to your trip
While booking early may result in a price difference typically between $20-$50 more, booking later could cause an increase up to $250 depending on the time of year. Whether it’s $20 or $250, I’m sure you have something in your travel budget that could have used those funds. This pertains to domestic flights especially.
I’ve mentioned that “Sweet Spot” time frame before in my previous blog, Ariel Rose’s List of Must Have Travel Apps. It is also jam packed with travel hacks!
MYTH 2 - LAYOVER = CHEAPER FLIGHT
I don’t know about y’all, but this is almost never the case for me. I will say now living in Miami, if I want to fly Delta, there’s typically is a layover in Atlanta. I understand it’s because ATL is their biggest hub, but I haven’t necessarily seen where it makes my flight any less. Plus layovers come with a lot of “what ifs” that can add stress to an already stressful travel process. For example, what if I don’t catch my connecting flight, what if my luggage gets lost, what if there’s no food options In the layover airport and I’m starving?
The bottom line is, in a world where budget airline carriers provide non-stop flights at a lower price, a layover on a major carrier will typically cost you more.
MYTH 3 - BOOKING TUESDAY EVENING = LOWEST RATE
This myth has long been null in void. It use to be said that airline companies would post sales on Tuesdays so competing companies would also post sales going into Wednesday. The fact is there are so many budget airlines and platforms now that you could snag an amazing deal any day of the week when it comes to booking. Instead, I suggest putting more thought into which days you’re actually traveling on or being flexible with your dates.
In my experience, I have seen where it is typically cheaper to fly in the middle of the week, Tuesday through Thursday. I believe this to be true because most people traveling for vacation or work will travel on Sundays or Monday's and return on Friday's or Saturday’s. Since that’s the case, airlines will lower their prices during these “less ideal days” so that seats will still sell.
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