A new survey from momondo.co.uk has found Brits can save the most money on airfares by booking flights at least 53 days in advance of their departure.
By analysing 12.6 billion airfares worldwide, the site found that by booking travel early – just under two months in advance of departure – consumers could save an average of 26% on flight costs.
Unsurprisingly, the most expensive tickets are to be found when travellers book their trip on the day of departure.
Momondo found flight price can also vary hugely depending on the day of the week, with the cheapest departure fares typically found on Tuesdays and the most expensive on Saturdays. The average flight cost difference between these days of the week was 11.5%.
According to momondo, time of the day is also important to consider when booking. momondo’s global flight statistics show it’s normally cheaper to fly in the evening, between the hours of 6pm and 12am.
And the travel site found flights between the hours of 10 am and 3pm, the most expensive overall, by on average 6%.
Lasse Skole Hansen, momondo’s spokesperson said: “We would always advise travellers to stick to these golden travel rules to secure the cheapest fares. And in general, it pays to book flights two months in advance. We found these trends consistent across the board, so bargain hunters should consider flying in the evening and on Tuesdays if possible, to save the most money on their trip.”