Looking for cheap flights? Leave on Tuesday to save money

Want to book a bargain flight? Try leaving on a TuesdayPA

Jetting off on holiday on a Tuesday can save you a massive 35% on your flight bill, according to new research by Which? magazine.

As if it wasn't a great day already (thank you, Shrove Tuesday), it turns out it's also the cheapest time for flying out of Britain.

Which? analysed 1,174 September flights for one person with one piece of checked-in luggage, flying out from three London airports to three European destinations: Dublin, Barcelona, and Alicante, according to the Daily Mail.

Tuesday turned out to be the cheapest day for outbound flights for Britain's three biggest airlines, Easyjet, Ryanair, and British Airways.

The most expensive day for a return journey? Sunday.

The research found that flying to Alicante from Gatwick with Easyjet on a Friday cost an average of 35 per cent (or £28) more than flying the same trip three days earlier.

For a family of four, that would be a £112 difference.

For a return journey from Alicante to Gatwick on a Sunday, a family of four would pay an average of £224 more than if they flew on a Tuesday.

Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which?, told the Daily Mail: "With household budgets squeezed, holidaymakers will want to make sure they are getting a good deal on their flights. We found that people can save a significant sum of money if they shop around and can be flexible, changing the day or time they choose to travel."

The money-saving news comes just as other research reveals that in-flight food can cost more then your actual flight.

New research from travelsupermarket.com shows that some of us now pay as much for in-flight snacks as we do for our tickets.

It will come as no surprise to discover that Ryanair are often the most expensive: a Kit Kat, a sandwich, a bottle of water, cup of tea and a glass of wine add up to £18.07, which is more expensive than a one-way ticket to Genoa, Warsaw or Paris, which costs £18.

So, if you want more holiday cash, the message is: fly out on a Tuesday, and take your own snacks on board!

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Looking for cheap flights? Leave on Tuesday to save money
Is it just us, or is there something seriously nut so about the concept of paying for the privilege of paying? It's a crazy, mixed-up world when you have to pay £10 to use a debit card which costs the airline around 20p to process. Of course, you could apply for one of the cards which are 'free' to use, but they change all the time and take hours to apply for. If we thought about it too hard we'd only ever sit at home and cry.

My dear, the garishness! Bright orange, purple, lurid yellow... it's enough to make anyone long for the days of a discreet livery of navy, red and perhaps a touch of silver. If you weren't feeling queasy before you got onboard, the combination of lime green uniforms and a £10 gin and tonic should do the job. Pass the sick bag – oh no, that's right, there aren't any.

It's all very well paying £3.99 for your flight to Stockholm, but you won't be feeling so clever when you land in a field in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by lakes and forests, with no capital city in sight. Add on the taxes, extra charges and an hour and a half taxi ride into town and suddenly the national carrier flying to the main airport is looking like a pretty good deal. Especially when you factor in the professional service and free prawn sandwich you would have got...
Ah, the joys of the online no-frills airline booking procedure... First off, you have not got a choice: you can only book via the internet (the chances of finding a real live human to book with are about as high you being able to travel on one of the special offer days). You've then got to navigate the site without accidentally hiring a car, paying for golf clubs or adopting a small child. By the time you remember to print out your boarding pass within the correct time period, you're in serious need of a holiday...

The recent story about a certain airline which gave a man a sandwich and a drink after he suffered a cardiac arrest – and then charged him for it – just about sums up the no-frills airline attitude to catering. It's all about the money, money, money. So, three letters for you: B.Y.O.

Seriously, what is up with people who pay for speedy boarding? You haven't spent enough on extra taxes, credit card charges, baggage fees? Sure, whack on another hefty charge while you're at it, just so you can stand in the front of the queue and feel superior. The plane's not going anywhere until the povs at the back of the queue are on too, so save the twenty quid – you'll need it to pay for your cheese sandwich on board.
No, no, we don't really need to take anything with us on our holiday, honestly. We may be going to Norway for two weeks in January, but a toothbrush, t-shirt and a pair of flip-flops will do us just fine. The book, nappies, wet wipes and baby food ? No problem, they'll slip right into the one bag too, that's fine, don't need them at all, yes stick them in the overhead locker miles away from my seat, too. Marvellous.

Remember in the old days when the seat in front of you had a pocket you could stow your bits and pieces, magazines, bottle of water etc, instead of having to strew them all over the floor? They might be saving space and weight, but when your three-year-old starts projectile vomiting and the seat belt sign's on, suddenly a seat pocket full of sick bags makes a lot of sense. Ah, sweet revenge...

Jeez, there's nothing like 29" legroom pitch and a non-reclining seat back to force you to practice your yoga moves. Like human origami, we fold our limbs into unnatural shapes and wonder why we can't feel our feet by the end of the flight. And we're relatively normal! What it's like for a 6ft 7" man, or a 7 month pregnant woman with a 20 month old on her 'lap' doesn't bear thinking about...

OK, when you're paying more for your beer than your air fare, you can't expect silver service, but would a smile hurt? We feel for the cabin crew dealing with leery stag weekenders and bitter businessmen whose companies won't cough up for a proper airline, but it would be nice to be treated slightly more like a human being, less like a walking wallet from whom to extract as much cash as possible in a two hour period. Scratch card, perfume, magazine, £2.50 bottle of water, anyone?


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