There’s a commonly held belief that in order to purchase cheap flights online you have to search and purchase on a Tuesday. There are any number or articles claiming that Tuesday is the best time to buy tickets, but it turns out that information might not actually be true.
According to Bloomberg, this is only the case if you purchase at midnight on a Tuesday, and it only really affects 1.6 per cent of domestic flights in the United States.
“Not only do you have to book the right route at exactly midnight to get a deal on Tuesdays … even if you do, you’ll be rewarded with a savings of just 6 per cent, or $18 on average,” the article reads.
So, with that in mind, it might be time to rethink buying your tickets on a Tuesday if you’re looking for a great deal. Here are a few different way to nab a bargain instead.
1. Book early
One of the best ways to get a good deal is to search as early as possible. If you’re even just thinking about planning a trip, start looking for prices, that way if a good price comes up you can get your hands on it before it’s gone.
2. Travel in the off-season
The wonderful thing about being retired is that we aren’t as restricted about the dates and times we can travel. We don’t have to ask for permission to take annual leave, we can just get up and go. That means that we have the opportunity to travel in the off-season and take advantage of the deals and specials available around these times as a result.
3. Join mailing lists
Many airlines and travel companies have mailing lists that give their communities the first look at special discounts and deals. This is one of the best ways to stay ahead of the pack and get your hands on a good deal before they run out. Sign up to receive the Travel at 60 emailer that goes out each week with the best deals and specials for over-60s.
4. Go on a last-minute holiday
While planning ahead is a good idea, so is buying a last-minute ticket. If an airline hasn’t been able to get enough bums on seats then cheaper seat tickets might become available. Keep an eye out for when this happens to pick up a bargain.
5. Check social media
Similar to mailing lists, companies regularly offer rewards to their loyal communities by posting deals, specials and discounts on their social media pages. Like Travel at 60 for the best deals for over-60s or seek out your favourite airlines and follow their pages, too.
This article originally appeared on Travel at 60.