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Revealed: Cheapest day to fly to Bali, Tokyo, Auckland

Heading to Bali? This is when you should fly. Images: Getty

When it comes to international holidays, Australians love travelling on one day: Friday. 

But according to new research from flight comparison service, SkyScanner, they could be robbing themselves of some major cash by choosing to fly on that date. 

In fact, a study of the cheapest dates to fly to six popular locations found that it’s almost never a good idea to fly on a Friday if you want to save money. 

Instead, if you’re travelling from Sydney to Tokyo, you should fly on a Tuesday, and if you’re travelling from Sydney to Auckland your best bet is a Thursday. 

If you’re heading to Bali or Hong Kong from Melbourne you should consider going on a Monday, while Perth-dwellers heading to Manila or New Delhi should also try to fly on a Monday. 

Cheapest day to fly

Image: Skyscanner

Cheapest time to book

The report also identified the best time to book travel, finding that booking an international trip in a recommended window can save as much as $360 on a standard ticket. 

If you were to book a flight from Sydney to Singapore 13 weeks before the departure, you could save 38 per cent on the regular ticket price of $360 dollars. 

And if you booked a trip from Melbourne to London 17 weeks out, you could save $239 or 15 per cent of the regular price. 

Potential savings indicated are determined by the difference between the most booked price and when booked at the recommended best time to book prior to departure dates. Image: Skyscanner

If you want to save more money, you could also consider shopping in incognito mode. 

This way, internet cookies won’t store up your search data, reminding your search engine that you’ve looked at those flights previously which may cause them to jack up the prices. 

Travellers feeling brave may also consider “hidden cities”, that is, booking a flight which includes your destination as a stopover. 

The only problem with this mode of travel is that airlines generally oppose the scheme as it can deprive full-leg travellers of the necessary seats. 

Naturally, it also doesn’t hurt to be flexible with your plans. This way if a flight departing a week earlier or later than planned could also offer a significant savings opportunity.

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