Savvy air travellers generally know that most of the time, the earlier you book your flight the cheaper your ticket will be, but flying on certain days is going to cost more regardless. As a general rule, for domestic travel, expect prices to be high for last minute travel, while supply and demand also means that as availability declines, airfares will increase. A good example of this is how flights between Townsville and Brisbane to Sydney skyrocketed, ahead of 2015 NRL Grand Final between the Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys. FlightCentre has some recommendations for dates to avoid in 2016 if you want to save money. They include:
March 24: This is the Thursday before the Easter long weekend, expect peak pricing due to the extra demand.
June 5: This is the start of the European high summer travel period and start of the Australian winter school holidays meaning peak travel prices kick in for both regions for the season.
June 17: Travel to North America will attract peak prices as the high travel season kicks in from this date.
September 23: Third term school holidays start meaning popular family destinations like Fiji, Bali, Phuket, Hawaii and LA will attract higher prices due to increased demand.
September 30: If you are heading to Melbourne this weekend, you’d want your team to be in the AFL grand final to justify the inflated travel prices.
November 26: NSW and Victoria schoolies start pushing prices to the Gold Coast up. If you aren’t a school leaver, leave the Gold Coast break for another time.
December 22: Prices climb the week before Christmas and stay that way for much of the festive season, lowering again when most are back at work and school.