These are the best and worst days to book cheap flights and travel from UK
Thinking of an escape from the wintry gloom of January?
Birmingham Airport isn’t far away for those in the Midlands, making getaways easy and even more tempting.
It turns out that January is the cheapest month to go away on holiday so now is a great time to look for cut-price deals.
Thousands of people are taking to internet travel sites in search of sunshine or even just a cultural city break, away from the post-Christmas gloom of the most depressing month of the year.
And we now know the best day to book a flight and the best day to fly out of the UK.
Flights website Skyscanner has been looking over its latest data and has found some top tips that could help save travellers even more money on the discount breaks on offer.
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As the new year sales continue, it comes as no surprise that January is the busiest month for flight bookings with thousands expected to book their 2019 trips.
To help travellers get the best value flights, travel experts at Skyscanner have been busy crunching their data to uncover new flight tips to save travellers money.
The 2019 Flight Insights identified Sunday as the best day to go online and grab a bargain, while Friday is the cheapest day to fly out of the UK.
There are also a host of destinations which have seen average flight prices drop by up to 28 per cent.
Those looking to travel to long-haul destinations such as sunny California could save 11 per cent off of average flight prices, whereas those looking for sunnier climes closer to home could again save 11 per cent on average flight prices to Malta.
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Lisa Tyndall, senior growth manager at Skyscanner, said: “With the busiest month for flight bookings underway we wanted to crunch our latest data to uncover flight insights that could help travellers find the best deals in 2019.
“There is evidence that suggests Friday is the cheapest day of the week for travellers to fly out of the UK and Sunday is the most expensive day to fly out of the UK.
“Switching their flight departure date from a Sunday to a Friday could save travellers 21 per cent.
“Travellers should also consider flying out of a different airport nearby to save money, for example a family of four could save over £500 by switching to a different departure airport that’s not much further away.”
FLY OUT ON A FRIDAY
Over the past four years, Skyscanner flight data has shown that the cheapest day of the week to fly out of the UK is a Friday, with Sunday being the most expensive.
Based on average flight prices, travellers could save an impressive 21 per cent by switching from a Sunday departure to a Friday departure.
Travellers may also find it’s significantly cheaper to travel a day before or a day after their original departure dates.
You can also find the cheapest month to go to a specific destination.
BOOK FLIGHTS ON A SUNDAY
Data shows that Sundays tend to be the best day to jump online to book a cheap flight, whereas Wednesdays tend to be the most expensive day to book a flight.
Travellers could save 4 per cent on average flight prices if booking a flight from the UK on a Sunday versus a Wednesday.
WHEN TO AVOID THE RUSH
While Saturday, December 21 was the busiest day for outbound flights from the UK in 2018, typically Friday is the busiest day for travel, whereas Sunday is the quietest.
So while Friday is cheapest, it’s perhaps no surprise that this is when most people are opting to travel, meaning airports are crowded, check-in and security queues are long and planes are packed.
BEST VALUE DESTINATIONS
New York and Amsterdam led the way for most popular destinations in 2018, but for those looking for the best value flights, the world’s travel search engine has number crunched the top destinations to uncover those with the biggest drop in average flight prices over the last year.
Those looking for great value long haul flights should consider the USA, which is dominating the long-haul routes with the biggest price drops, year on year.
Long Haul Destinations with Biggest Savings (year on year)
1 Austin, Texas – price drop of -28%
2 Chicago, Illinois – price drop of -19%
3 Detroit, Michigan – price drop of -17%
4 Seattle, Washington – price drop of -16%
5 Denver, Colorado – price drop of -15%
6 San Francisco, California – price drop of -11%
7 Buenos Aires, Argentina – price drop of -9%
8 Los Angeles, California – price drop of -7%
9 Sao Paulo, Brazil – price drop of -6%
10 Oakland, California – price drop of -6%
Looking closer to home, Europe has some great value destinations, with Germany dominating the top ten European Value Destinations.
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European Destinations with Biggest Savings (year on year)
1 Frankfurt, Germany – price drop of -26%
2 Cologne, Germany – price drop of -23%
3 Kaunas, Lithuania – price drop of -18%
4 Genoa, Italy – price drop of -17%
5 Bratislava, Slovakia – price drop of -16%
6 Bremen, Germany – price drop of -14%
7 Cagliari, Italy – price drop of -14%
8 Reykjavik, Iceland – price drop of -14%
9 Dortmund, Germany – price drop of -11%
10 Luqa, Malta – price drop of -11%