'Travel Deal Tuesday' Is Like Black Friday for Flights

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We already have our Black Friday and Cyber Monday purchases mapped out—hotel deals, in-flight beauty treatments, a piece of luggage or two, and a camera for that upcoming safari are all on the list. But when it comes to flight deals, neither day makes the cut as the best day to buy a cheap plane ticket. Turns out the best day for discounts is actually a Tuesday.

Not so creatively known as “Travel Deal Tuesday,” November 27 is packed full of, well, flight deals. According to flight tracker app Hopper, this price dip is because travels demands drop after Thanksgiving, and airlines want to appeal to those procrastinators who haven’t yet planned their winter getaways. The numbers don’t lie: the app sent 1.1 million deal notifications on Travel Deal Tuesday last year, a whopping 43 percent more than usual, with 20 percent of the domestic and international routes it tracks going on sale. Hopper also analyzed historical data and found that in 2016, there was “double the normal fare sale activity on Travel Deal Tuesday,” and in 2015, fare sale activity jumped by six times the normal volume. That’s a lot of cheap flights.

In a press release, Hopper outlined the cities it expects to be most discounted on Tuesday, from Caribbean hotspots like Turks & Caicos (42 percent off) to major urban hubs like London (41 percent off), Barcelona (36 percent off), and Hong Kong (32 percent off). It helps that airlines like Icelandair, Cathay Pacific, South African Airways, and Philippine Airlines have already confirmed with Hopper their plans to discount certain routes on Tuesday.

As these deals are expected to pop up throughout the day—a reminder that there’s no perfect time to find a deal—Hopper recommends using its app (naturally) to find the best discounts. Its “Flex Watch” feature does most of the work for you. Just plug in preferences—ideal trip length, preferred month of travel, destination—and let the flight deals appear in your inbox. (Flights found using the feature are typically about 40 percent cheaper than average.) Users can also swipe up on the destination to see current fare prices, or swipe left and right to get information about which places currently have the cheapest flights. It’s like Tinder—but more rewarding.

Of course, Hopper isn’t the only way to find a cheap flight. You can set free price trackers using Google Flights or Kayak; subscribe to flight deal blogs like Secret Flying, TheFlightDeal, Fly4Free, and Scott’s Cheap Flights; sign up for airline’s newsletters; or compare booking sites. Given that you have time to prep before the flight deal extravaganza kicks off, we suggest you do one—or all—of these things. You’ve been warned.

This post was originally published in November 2017 and has been updated with new information.

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