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Smart travel tips to save you money | The Globe and Mail

If you’re booking travel online, both the day of the week when you make your purchase and the day you choose to fly can make a difference in what you’ll pay.

For the best prices, it’s a good idea to purchase flights on a weekend, according to the 2019 Travel Pricing Outlook, compiled by Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) and Expedia Group, which owns some 20 different travel websites.

“People can save as much as 36 per cent by booking on a Sunday,” says the report by ARC, which processes nearly $100-billion a year in transactions between airlines and travel agencies.

Meanwhile, the best times to start your air trip are Thursdays or Fridays, according to the report.

“For Canadians, the best day to start a journey is on a Thursday,” says Mary Zajac, public relations director for Expedia Group. “And the data for Canada shows that you can save 13 per cent when you extend a weekday trip to include a Saturday night stay.”

The ARC report also notes that booking three weeks ahead of a trip is the “sweet spot” for fare savings.

For hotel booking, however, it’s the opposite. The cheapest hotel rates seem to pop up on Fridays – both globally and for Canadians – while the most expensive day to book tends to be Sunday.

While most of us line up our flights and hotel ourselves, we might be missing out on insider intelligence, says Natalie Preddie.

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Smart travel tips to save you money – The Globe and Mail.

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