Insider tips on the best time to buy airline tickets
Uncategorised Mar 04, 2020
Nowadays, booking your travels is easier than ever before. With so many options and a world of information at your fingertips, knowing when to book the cheapest flights should be simple. However, with so many different theories and opinions on the best time to buy airline tickets, this can be very confusing. Some say the cheapest days are Tuesdays, while others argue that Sundays are far cheaper. Some destinations are very season dependent, and flight ticket prices largely depend on what time of the year you intend to travel. Factors like socio-political status, oil prices, airline competition and the weather all have huge influences on airline ticket prices. Based on our research and experience, Travelstart brings you some handy tips and tricks on the best time to buy your airline tickets.
Top Domestic Routes
The most popular flight route among business travellers is from Cape Town to Johannesburg, while popular local destinations among leisure travellers include:
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The cheapest day to book your domestic flight is typically a Tuesday, with Wednesday coming in a close second. If you’re travelling for leisure, rather wait to book your flight in the afternoon. Prices tend to be cheaper than in the morning when many business travellers are booking flights on their company account.
February and August tend to be the cheapest months to fly, just outside of local peak seasons.
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Days to avoid
While many people claim that the best time to buy southwest airline reservation is over the weekend, this is not necessarily true for South Africans. On the contrary, Fridays and Sundays are the most expensive days to book domestic flights. Also, try to avoid booking right before public holidays and school holidays. The most expensive months to travel in are December, January and July. With crowded planes and noisy airports, you’ll be competing for more than just cheap flights during these school holidays! Christmas (December) and Easter (April) holidays also see a surge in airfares. Remember that high demand causes ticket prices to increase, so you may want to book that trip to Sun City in advance.
Keep an eye out for local events, for example, flights to Cape Town just before the Cape Argus Cycle Tour or the International Jazz Festival will work out significantly more expensive.