The Best Day to Buy a Plane Ticket Is...
Thursday, according to latest airfare study
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2014 12:49 PM CDT
Updated Apr 5, 2014 12:01 PM CDT

(Newser) – When should you buy your next plane ticket? According to a new fare study from Hopper, Thursday is the best day to book both domestic and international tickets. But keep in mind that it won't save you much: There's just a $10 difference between the best day to book and the worst day (Saturday) for domestic tickets. For international tickets, there's a $25 difference, and the worst day to book is Sunday. More from the study:

  • Best day to depart: Wednesday, for both domestic and international trips.
  • Worst day to depart: Sunday, also for both types of trips.
  • Best day to return home: Tuesday (domestic) or Wednesday (international).
  • Worst day to return home: Friday (both).
Another recent study found that, on average, you'll get the cheapest fare if you book 54 days in advance of your flight, Business Insider reports. More importantly, the best window for cheaper tickets is between 29 days and 104 days prior to departure; an expert suggests you monitor prices during that period "to get a sense of the market," then grab a good fare when you see it.

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May 5, 2014 12:14 PM CDT
Wait a minute; best day to depart is Wednesday for both domestic and international - but best day to return is Tuesday domestic and Wednesday international. Aren't both technically departing? And if you're departing from home and returning home domestically, wouldn't that be the same day of the week. This article is bogus. Probably one of those ads disguised as a news article.
Apr 5, 2014 2:41 PM CDT
Apr 5, 2014 1:27 PM CDT
My wife and I flew to Africa last year. We put our preferred dates on a website that tracks all airline fares and provides a weekly alert. The price for our two tickets varied by about $1400 from high to low over a period of about six months. We hit about $150 from the low. Airline ticket pricing tactics are unfathomable.