According to Pauline Frommer, editor of the iconic Frommer travel guides, a new study debunks traditional wisdom. Previously, it was thought that booking airline tickets on Tuesday gave consumers the most bang for their buck.
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Well, according to a recent survey, those who book on Sundays save an average of 19% compared to those who booked their flights during the week. These results are likely pretty accurate, since the sample size included more than 130 million airfare transactions, Frommer said.
The buying tips don't stop there. Consumers looking to book domestic flights are best off booking their tickets approximately 57 days before departure. Those looking to make international flights should consider booking their tickets roughly 171 days before takeoff, she added.
As for baggage fees -- which can climb higher during the holidays for certain airlines -- consumer are unlikely to avoid them unless they are status frequent flyer members of the airline they fly. However, consumers can sidestep baggage fees by simply opting for carry-on luggage, she reasoned.
And instead of figuring out which hotel to stay at, Frommer suggests that consumers consider sites like AirBnB, VRBO and HomeAway as potential alternatives. These sites match up individuals with others looking to rent their home, condo or apartment. For the most part, many of these alternatives are cheaper than hotels and provider a homier experience, she concluded.