Going on holiday is one of the most exciting events in any given year – but let’s not pretend it’s not an expensive one. Between accommodation, food, transfers and excursions, you can rack up a pretty eye-watering bill, and that’s before you’ve even thought about flights.
But now new research has revealed that you could accidentally be spending hundreds of pounds more just by making one single mistake with your booking: flying on a Saturday over any other day of the week.
The study, conducted by the experts at Holiday Hypermarket, compared the price of flying on Saturday against other weekend days, based on two people travelling on an all-inclusive holiday, staying at a four-star hotel.
They found that destinations like Tenerife cost an average of £136pp more when flights were booked on a Saturday, while Sunday departures to Cyprus were £167pp cheaper than the day before. Further afield, Mexico holidays in January were found to be average £213pp pricier on Saturdays than Sundays, and in February this rose to £239pp.
The only exception to the rule were Saturday flights to Barbados, which were cheaper by an average of £297pp for 14-night trips.
It’s also worth noting that the review only took into account travel in January, February and March, but if you’re already thinking ahead to your 2020 break, it could be a valuable tip to take note of.
Ian Crawford of Holiday Hypermarket explained of the findings: ‘We analysed holiday prices from all of the leading operators and it’s clear to see that if you can move your travel plans by just a few hours, couples and families can save hundreds of pounds on their holiday.
‘The choice of hotels will usually change between departure days but travellers can still choose accommodation at the same grade, so they need to be flexible about where they stay to get the benefit of this hack,’ he added.
‘For many destinations, it’s clear that if you swap your Saturday flight you can save enough money for a room upgrade, posh meal or fancy excursion instead.’