What Day Are Airline Tickets Cheapest?

Surely predicting when airline tickets are the cheapest isn’t an exact science, is it? One couldn’t possibly say, with any level of particularity — given the Jurassic Park-esque chaos theory level of variables that must play into the setting of such prices — when exactly fares are the cheapest without finding themselves suddenly confronted with the prospect of a pair of hungry Velociraptors lunging at one’s jugular as a result of such a sacrilege effort.

Well, turns out there is a simple answer to when airline tickets are cheapest. The answer: Tuesday, 3 p.m., EST, or so says the non-dinosaur-fearing chief executive of FareCompare, Rick Seaney. “That’s when the maximum number of cheapest seats are in the marketplace,” he was quoted as saying in the WSJ shortly before a pair of revenge-driven Pterodactyls carried off his limp body into a Universal Studios backlot. You shall not be forgotten Mr. Seaney.

Published on February 02, 2011