Fly midweek and save a fortune

Travellers that are keen to get the best possible value for money from their travel arrangements would do well to organise their flights on a day in the middle of the week, according to the findings of a recent survey.

The survey was undertaken by consumer watchdog, Which?, and according to its findings, Tuesday is the cheapest day of the week to book a flight out of the UK, while Sunday is the most expensive.

Flights with budget airlines can be as much as 35 percent more expensive on a Friday than the equivalent flight leaving on Tuesday, according to the study findings. And selecting the most cost effective flights does not stop with simply choosing which day to travel on, the study also revealed that choosing a less popular time to fly, even on the same day, can also pay substantial dividends. For example, 86 percent of BA’s cheapest flights are in the evening.

The conclusions were drawn following research into 1,174 flights in September, to three European destinations, Dublin, Barcelona and Alicante. The survey benchmark was a return flight for one person with one piece of checked-in luggage, and the prices were compiled in August.

Richard Lloyd, Which? executive director, was quoted in the Daily Mail, saying: ‘With household budgets squeezed, holidaymakers will want to make sure they are getting a good deal on their flights. We found that people can save a significant sum of money if they shop around and can be flexible, changing the day or time they choose to travel.’