Which? investigates the cheapest day to fly

  • New Which? research has found that Tuesdays are the cheapest day of the week to fly out of the UK. Travelling midweek can save consumers a significant sum of money.
  • For outbound flights Tuesday was, on average, the cheapest day to fly with the three biggest airlines in the UK.  For example, flights with EasyJet from London Gatwick to Alicante on a Friday were, on average, 35% or £28 more expensive than a Tuesday.
  • We found flying on a Sunday was, on average, the most expensive day to return home. For example, return flights with EasyJet from London Gatwick to Alicante on Sundays were on average 45% (£56) more expensive than Thursdays.
  • Our research also found that as well as cheaper days, there were cheaper times of the day to fly, though this varied across different airlines. For example, BA’s cheapest outbound flights were in the morning (before 7.30am) however outbound flights with EasyJet in the mornings ( between 5.45am-11am) were their most expensive.

Richard Lloyd, Which? executive director, said:

“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.”

Notes to editor

We looked at 1,174 flights in September from three London airports to three destinations in Europe – Dublin, Barcelona and Alicante. We tracked the prices, in August, for one person with one piece of checked-in luggage on a return flight.

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