How I Broke a Travel “Rule” and Saved Over $400 on a Flight

Posted On Monday, September 12th, 2016
Filed Under: Travel on a Dime

How I Broke a Travel “Rule” and Saved Over $400 on a Flight
I’m going to the Bahamas!!! Ok, sorry for the exclamation points. But I’m super excited. It’s a belated birthday trip, blogiversary celebration and girlfriends getaway all in one.

Initially I delayed booking the flight because I refused to pay $500 for one way. Yikes! But being flexible by one day, I was able to save almost $500. And all because I broke a travel “rule.”

When it comes to the cheapest day to travel, we’ve generally been told Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturdays are your go-tos. So naturally those were the dates I searched for, with a Saturday departure and Wednesday or Thursday return. I normally only travel somewhere when there’s a flight deal but I knew I wanted to specifically go to the Bahamas this time around. So I checked a few airlines and landed upon the most affordable flights via JetBlue.

You know what turned out to be the cheapest day to fly? Sunday! And it wasn’t just a hundred or so dollars cheaper. It was more than $400 cheaper than Saturday’s flight. I was absolutely shocked. Yup, the same non-stop flight was exactly $430 cheaper if I left one day later.

Saturday = $583

How I Broke a Travel “Rule” and Saved Over $400 on a Flight

Sunday = $153

How I Broke a Travel “Rule” and Saved Over $400 on a Flight
And for my return trip, I’m jetting back on a Friday, which I thought would be crazy expensive. The roundtrip cost was just $391. Though I’m flying JetBlue, my friend is on Delta and she had the same luck with a Sunday through Friday trip {$346 total!}.

While Sundays and Fridays are generally the most expensive days to fly, these days turned out to be cheapest!

Being flexible with my flight saved me more than $400. See how! #travel Click To Tweet

Sometimes it’s best to go that extra mile and throw the rules out the window. Play around with dates and take it from there. Also, most people are checking out of a hotel on Sunday or Friday, so if you’re checking in, that can equal even more savings, as hotels are trying to fill rooms and you might even get a free upgrade.

How I Broke a Travel “Rule” and Saved Over $400 on a Flight

What tips do you have to save major cash on flights?

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