One of my favorite daily reads is the Wall Street Journal, but not because I expect to find budget travel advice there. Yet writer Scott McCartney in a recent “The Middle Seat” column (Thursday 27 January 2011) shares some valuable guidance for today’s budget minded traveler.
It’s all about finding the best deal on airline tickets. Ticket pricing is a mind-boggling topic with at least one commonly known truism: depending on when you fly, there are lower airline fares on some days of the week (typically Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday) than others. But what if you change the day of week, or time of day, when you book your flight?
Here’s where McCartney’s column delivers. It describes how airline pricing follows a cycle during the week. An analysis of domestic fares shows booking on Tuesday can mean a lower fare, and that Wednesday also has good ticket prices.