Why Tuesday Is The Best Day To Buy Airplane Tickets

I know I've heard some rumors that and

some myths out there that you can

actually buy your ticket on Saturday and

Sunday that's cheapest absolutely not


there's tons of studies I've been

studying airfare data as a data

scientist for over 15 years and have

done dozens of different studies and

here's what actually happens about 1% of

all air fares that are filed and that's

millions and millions of air fares each

week are filed on the weekends so no

changes are happening on the weekends

they come in Monday morning they contact

their agency they get their landing

pages ready they do any radio they do

any media they prepare prep up they

actually file the airfare set a p.m. on

Monday evening

there's actually four filings of air

fares a day domestically and that at 10

1 4 and 8 p.m. Eastern Time

so they file those air fares and then

the next morning at 10 a.m. all the

other airlines actually see those fares

coming in in that 10 a.m. feed on

Tuesday they all have a button that says

please match me they press the please

match me button that hits the

reservation systems at the one o'clock

feed so the best time to shop really is

about an hour and a half after that

which is about 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Time on Tuesdays also 2/3 of the time

those sale fares are only online for

about 3 days so it basically goes from

Tuesday to Thursday better to shop on

Tuesday afternoon because they also

capacity control the inventory on those

cheap seats and you don't want to

actually see that ticket then go home

later that night and try to negotiate

with your significant other and find out

that the seats are now gone