Hopper’s data scientists analysed 11,000 markets worldwide and averaged flight prices on days of the week to find the optimal times to buy tickets, depart, and return. Here’s what they found:
Buy your tickets on a Thursday. According to its analysis, purchasing tickets on Thursday saves an average of $US10 on domestic flights and $US25 on international flights. Conversely, weekend days are the worst times to buy your tickets.
Depart on a Wednesday. Choosing to leave on Wednesday can save you around $US40 on domestic trips and $US60 on international trips, Hopper finds. Sunday, on the other hand, is the most expensive departure day.
Return early in the week. Tuesday is the best day to return from a domestic trip, with savings of about $45, and Wednesday is the best time to come back from an international trip, with savings of about $US60. Friday, however, is the worst day.