When we’re overtaken by wanderlust — or if it’s just about that time when we need to start planning our family vacation — we naturally check airline fares to see where — and when — we can go. But it’s a little- known fact (OK, so … with this post, it’s not so little-known anymore) that airlines lower fares on August 23, otherwise known as Cheap Flight Day. That’s when the bulk of the summer travel rush is over and airlines rein in those fares to reel in more customers. Let’s examine this potentially big money-saving holiday, shall we?
Cheap Flight Day - History
KLM got underway
The Dutch airline KLM made its first flight — and still flies today. KLM is the oldest continuously operating airline in the world.
The first airline using winged aircraft started up.
The St. Petersburg–Tampa Airboat Line flew passengers across Tampa Bay in Florida. The trip is about 23 miles.
November 16, 1909
The first airline took flight
DELAG (or Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-Aktiengesellschaft) began operations as the world's first airline, operating zeppelins. The company folded in 1935.
Cheap Flight Day Activities
1. Buy a ticket to ride
Where do you want to go? Who do you want to go with? There's certainly a ticket for you and your companion(s) at the price you want to pay.
2. You should spread the news
The more people buying tickets, the better it is for the airlines and for travelers. A rising economy lifts all passengers, as a modified version of an old saying goes.
3. Carry on, my wayward sons (and daughters)
It's usually better to carry on you luggage, so long as it meets the airline's requirements. This will allow you to get your vacation started sooner, and it will make you a more efficient traveler.
3 Sky-high Facts About Cheap Flight Day
1. It's only the beginning
Although August 23 is the kinda/sorta official date, prices can start dropping before that — and remain lower through much of the fall.
2. Some days are better than others
Even on or about Cheap Flight Day, some days of the week are cheaper to fly than others. Generally speaking, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are the cheapest.
3. Is 2018 a historic travel summer?
According to Airlines for America, a record 236.1 million people will fly between June 1 and August 31, 2018.
Why We Love Cheap Flight Day
A. Traveling is fun
It's especially fun to travel by air to faraway and never-before-seen places. And it's even better when that flight costs less than it would at any other time of the year.
B. Airline fares are confusing
It seems like airline fares change not only depending on when you're buying tickets — but at what time of day. It also seems to depend on how may days in advance you're looking to purchase tix.
C. Saving money is swell
The more money you save now — the more you'll have to spend when you finally arrive at your scenic destination.