It’s May, which means that summer vacation is close at hand! Whether you’re about to graduate college or you’re finally going to use your PTO, it’s important to plan your trip accordingly. When it comes to the airlines, not all the days in the year are created equal. Ensure that you aren’t wasting valuable time and money, and read on to discover the best and worst days to travel in 2018!
The Worst Time to Travel
If you can help it, do your best to avoid traveling on Christmas and New Year’s. According to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the Christmas and New Year’s window consists of a 17-day period and overlaps the holidays by five to seven days. Airline prices can also depend on whether or not the holidays occur on the weekend. If it has always been your dream to spend Christmas in the Swiss Alps, book your ticket now for the best price.
Memorial Day is considered the first official day of summer travel. It’s a popular holiday and an even busier travel day. Not only will airfare be expensive, but the highways will be packed with eager vacationers. If you’re planning a Memorial Day road trip, consider leaving a day or two before to beat the traffic.
As a rule, traveling during the summertime is always busy, especially if you’re going to a hot destination. However, the prices can increase drastically on Fridays. June, July, and August are the busiest travel months of the year, but if you must book a ticket during this time, avoid Friday.
The Best Time to Travel
Winter, besides Christmas and New Year’s, is considered the low season of air travel and thus less expensive. During this time, wanderlust travelers can get the best bang for their buck! You might have to wear a large coat while you pose in front of the Eiffel Tower, but the money you save will make the adventure worthwhile. If you’ve always wanted to take a dip in the Blue Lagoon, consider booking your trip today.
The best days to travel are Thursday and Saturday. You might think that Saturday would be more expensive, but most travelers prefer to depart on Sunday to maximize their vacation. By leaving a day early, you can save hundreds of dollars on airfare!
At the end of the day, it’s up to you to find the best travel rates! There are the obvious spikes in airfare, such as holidays, but your journey depends on your specific route and your airline. Some of the greatest adventures are well-researched. Start exploring today!
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