Save serious money on your holidays: these are the cheapest and most expensive days to fly

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It’s been a long and bleak winter – but, with sunnier climes on the horizon, our minds have turned to the summer holidays. Where will we go to fuel our wanderlust this time, we wonder, as we stare at the plethora of beautiful and picturesque beaches on offer. Who will we travel with? And what will we take with us?

Yes, these questions are all well and good. But, as it turns out, the most important one we should be asking ourselves is when we plan to fly – because the date we choose could seriously impact our budget, for the better.

Fortunately, have analysed hundreds of thousands of summer airfares in a bid to track down the cheapest flights from June through to September.

Or in other words…


Jeff Klee – the CEO of cheapair – explained to CN Traveller: “The data clearly shows the best value for summer travel can be found the first half of June.”

However, there was one day that proved far cheaper than the rest to jet off: 6 June.

Get thee to the travel agents, stat.

If you prefer to take your summer holiday later in the season, then don’t despair: there are still plenty of purse-friendly options available, with the 4 July, the 22 August, and the 12 September touted as the cheapest days to fly in their individual months.

By contrast, the 9 July is the most expensive travel day of the entire summer.

There is, of course, a chance that none of these days will work for you: schedules are increasingly busy, lives are painstakingly planned to detail, and, if you’re anything like us, you most likely have a steady influx of wedding invitations pouring through the letterbox.

Don’t despair: there’s still a way to use clever timings to make your money go further.

To save you approximately £49 (about the cost of a tasty paella, wine, and dessert on a sun-soaked terrace), experts advise that you jet out on a Tuesday or Wednesday, rather than the classic Saturday or Sunday.

Klee explained: “August airfares are, on average, about 7% less expensive than July. You can really save money by avoiding July travel. Tuesday and Wednesday flights are the best value all summer long, while weekend days are at a premium.”

Happy (and thrifty) holidays, everyone.

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.