Great news for budget travelers! If you plan to fly in 2017, you can expect lower ticket prices and more flight options, according to a new study released by Expedia and Airlines Reporting Corporation.
Read more: There’s now an even cheaper way to fly
2017 will be a great year for cheap travel!
After analyzing travel data from around the world throughout the year, the New Heights for Air Travel report found that the average ticket price for economy round-trip and one-way tickets fell to their lowest point since 2013.
‘Flights to certain destinations are some of the cheapest I’ve ever seen. For example, flying Frontier from Atlanta to Los Angeles, you can find fares for as low as $127 round-trip!” said Clark Deals producer Charis Brown. “The key is flying on certain days of the week, and you might have to pick a very early or very late flight to get the deal.’
While fares are dropping, air capacity is up about 5% worldwide, meaning that more airlines are flying more planes to more destinations.
Together, these circumstances may make it easier for you to book a dream vacation in 2017.
The best day of the week to book
To save the most money on your trip, the report found that Sunday is by far the best day to book a domestic flight, saving an average of 11% over Friday. Since business travelers tend to reserve flights at the end of the week, Fridays are considered the worst day to book.
In addition to booking on a Sunday, buying a ticket at least 21 days in advance will result in a lower price, the study found. The savings can be as much as 30%!
The study also said there’s an opportunity to save by booking your flight and hotel simultaneously.
How to find the deals
If you’ve been following Clark for a while, you know that his #1 rule of cheap travel is to buy a deal first and then figure out why you want to go there!
Clark really likes Kayak’s Explore tool to help you find a deal that fits your budget. One of Kayak’s features is a price forecast in the upper left corner of a search results page that tells you whether to buy the ticket or wait for the price to drop.
To stay on top of the best travel deals as soon as they’re released, visit our Clark Deals site.