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Have you ever heard that the cheapest time to book a flight is on Wednesday, just after midnight? It’s all lies. This “Wednesday Myth” has been keeping travelers up past their bedtimes for ages and for no good reason.

It’s not totally clear why this idea is still lingering around. It was true at one point, before the age of booking your flights online. Way back when, airlines used to release flight reservations that had been reserved but not paid for at midnight on either Tuesday or Wednesday. So you could find a good deal at that time if you were quick. But this myth is seriously outdated. Airlines rarely hold reservations since payment is easy and instant by credit or debit card these days. If an airline does however hold a reservation it is usually only for 24 hours and applies to the seat, not the price.

If airfares aren’t the cheapest on Wednesdays after midnight, then when are they?

The best way to know when to buy your flight is to follow the price trends. Sign up for a fare alert on to receive updates on when the ticket you want changes price. This way, you can know when it’s cheapest. Start searching for your flights 3-6 months in advance, especially if you want to travel long-haul. Have you ever fallen for this travel myth? Read more of our travel tips here.

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