Looking for cheap flights? Leave on Tuesday to save money

Ruth Doherty
Want to book a bargain flight? Try leaving on a Tuesday
Want to book a bargain flight? Try leaving on a Tuesday


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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