As governments, airlines and the hospitality industry as a whole continue to put in place rules for safer travel, Expedia and Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) have revealed the best travel tips to get the best deals on 2022 airline tickets, for domestic and international travel.
Canadian travelers are starting to “reappear” with 45 percent indicating they are willing to be flexible in their travel plans to save money.
Based on ARC data, average ticket prices (ATP) at the start of 2021 were still higher than in previous years. International and domestic flights have steadily increased since the price drop in April, but on average, ticket prices are about 25% lower than in 2019.
How long do I need to book a flight to get the lowest price?
The “optimal booking window” for booking a cheapest flight differs whether you are booking domestic or international travel.
For flights within Canada, prices start increasing 35 days before departure, while for international travel, air fares increase 28 days before departure.
The “sweet spot” for booking a domestic flight is between 28 and 49 days before your desired travel date, or three to four months in advance for international travel, in order to obtain the lowest price.
Are flights cheaper if you book on a specific day of the week?
There is in fact a “perfect” day of the week to book a flight at the best price – Sunday.
For domestic travel, you can save around 15 percent if you book a flight on a Sunday, or around 10 percent for an international flight.
What’s the best day to catch a flight?
If you’re looking for the cheapest domestic flight, going on a Friday instead of a Monday can save you around 25%.
For international flights, leaving on a Saturday instead of a Tuesday can save you almost 10%.
What is the best month to travel?
The key to saving money on your next vacation is to be flexible and choose the right month to travel.
The ideal month to go on a trip is January, not December, which can save you around 15% for domestic flights or around 30% for international flights.
Are premium economy class seats on a flight worth the extra money?
Premium economy class seats on flights have never been more expensive. In 2021, these tickets were 212% more expensive than economy tickets, but in 2019, the average price of these seats was 304% more expensive than economy seats.
If you can afford it, now is the time to consider upgrading to get the best bang for your buck.
Is it cheaper to book flights and hotels at the same time?
If you book a trip through Expedia, you can get an even bigger discount if you book your flight and hotel stay at the same time. This “bundling” tactic can save you around 10%.