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
The Best Day to Buy a Plane Ticket Is...

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. (More airfare stories.)

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