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Is Tuesday afternoon the best time to buy Internaltional tickets

Jan 17th, 2011, 04:03 PM
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Is Tuesday afternoon the best time to buy Internaltional tickets

I know Tue and Wed are the best days to buy domestic tickets. Is the same true with international. Note I am not thinking of travel days, but actual purchase days.
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Dec 1st, 2014, 09:24 AM
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This hasn't been discussed for awhile:

I've seen is denounced as rubbish, and quoted as airline gospel...?
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Dec 1st, 2014, 09:28 AM
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**"..seen IT denounced, and ALSO quoted.."
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Dec 1st, 2014, 09:45 AM
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I've compared prices on many different days of the week and in my opinion it doesn't seem to make a difference.
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Dec 1st, 2014, 10:02 AM
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To buy them or for flying? Our tickets to California were a lot cheaper for a Wednesday flight than a Thursday flight which was still cheaper than Fr,Sa,Su or Mo. Tuesday was never an option so I don't know what the price was for that.
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Dec 1st, 2014, 10:27 AM
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^^"Note I am not thinking of travel days, but actual purchase days."
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Dec 1st, 2014, 10:59 AM
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If it is it won't remain long given yield management systems
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Dec 1st, 2014, 11:01 AM
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"best day to buy tickets", even if has credibility, applies to certain flight segments, bought at certain time of the year, bought so many days ahead. It is a historical data taken place sometime in the past on trips likely irrelevant to you. And if you dig further into topic, the difference is often minuscule.

While not all "popular wisdom" can be validated, you can validate this one very easily that is relevant to the precise segment you plan to fly on specific travel dates. Just look at the exact itinerary on Monday. Then repeat again Tuesday afternoon, Wed, and so on. Collect data over several weeks. You then have relevant data on tickets you can actually buy right now. Does the data show low prices on Tuesday afternoon on flights you would actually take?
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Dec 1st, 2014, 11:26 AM
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I've never noticed that, but this is obviously an empirical question, just go onto some websites and check prices for a while and see for yourself.
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Dec 1st, 2014, 12:11 PM
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Airlines make money when they sell tickets. When one seat is sold on a future flight the enormous computer system reconfigures the prognosis on that flight's capacity. This goes on continuously day and night. I can't imagine Tuesday being special.
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Dec 1st, 2014, 12:25 PM
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There are days of the week when flights are usually cheaper but the pricing structure has changed dramatically over the years. Years ago, the weekly prices changed Tuesday night into Wednesday. But now prices are measured immediately by the general supply and demand and sometimes by how many times an individual goes to a site like Expedia to check on the price for a specific date and route.
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Dec 1st, 2014, 05:00 PM
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--sometimes by how many times an individual goes to a site like Expedia to check on the price for a specific date and route.--

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So does that mean we should be clearing cookies before each search?
And someone checking on the same route could affect pricing for me?
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Dec 1st, 2014, 06:48 PM
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It worked for us. Summer airfare to Europe for under 1,000!!
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Dec 1st, 2014, 07:47 PM
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NYSE-I have read this and the experience happen to me, where the price went up within the same hour with direct contact with a carrier. I guess getting rid of cookies would help.

I was so pissed, I booked the flight with another airline for a few dollars more.
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Dec 2nd, 2014, 04:31 AM
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IMDone, so you're suggesting the carrier raised the price for you, on your computer, but not necessarily for someone else making the same search?

I do think I'll be more conscientious about clearing cookies!
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Dec 2nd, 2014, 06:21 AM
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Yes, NYSE. In fact I erased all cookies last night, because I need to make a flight reservation today.

Last night I checked on prices and they were fine on Expedia but when I went to the Delta sight, they were higher.
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