When to Fly to Avoid Flight Delays and Cancellations
Starting off your adventure with a canceled or delayed flight can throw a major wrench into your travel plans. During the lead up to a trip, you might find yourself worrying about the possibility that you could end up spending longer in the airport than you had originally intended.
The good news is there may be a way that you can stack the odds in your favor. Travel sites and airlines are frequently known for keeping track of important flight data. By using this information, you can learn a little more about the best times to schedule your flights.
Read on for tips to avoid flight delays and cancellations!
The Best Times of Day for a Flight
When scheduling your next journey, one of the first things to think about is when in the day you’re going to take to fly. In most cases, the early bird will get the worm with flight choices. Flights that leave between 6 am and 7 am are generally the most likely to be on time. This is because they haven’t had chance to be affected by other issues that might have appeared throughout the day.
The later in the day your flight is, the more likely it is that you’ll face a problematic “stacking effect”. One slight delay quickly becomes a huge issue, or even a cancellation. The trend for increasing flight delays continues up to 6 pm in most cases, at which point it starts to taper off again.
According to experts, even the smallest delay can cause a ripple effect causing even more delays in the future.
First thing in the morning, you’re starting with a fresh set of planes, fewer passengers, and shorter lines. That means that you don’t have to worry as much about unexpected issues. What’s more, air traffic is lighter the earlier you fly.
The Best Days for a Flight
You might be surprised to learn that Saturday is one of the best days to fly according to some statistics. That may be because people prefer to start their vacation earlier in the week. Or maybe people assume that weekends are going to be busy, so they ensure to book throughout the week instead.
Whatever the reason, research shows us that Friday is generally the worst day to travel. Up to 30% of flights being delayed that day on average. Additionally, Friday is also the day when more flights are scheduled. This means that there are more chances for problems with air traffic and cancellations.
Here’s your insight into which days you should choose for your next trip or vacation:
The Best Seasons for a Flight
Importantly, the details given above can differ depending on which airline you choose to fly with. Also, which airport you’re traveling from, and where you’re going to. Another point to consider is the season. Although the question of which season to pick is a little harder to pin down, here are some general rules to follow:
Avoid Fridays during Summer: You already know that Fridays are the busiest day of the week for airports, but the problem becomes even worse during summer when the children are out of school and more people decide to take vacations.
Be flexible around the holidays: If you’re flying around the holiday season, remember that a lot of other people will be hoping to get home to their families too, this means that peak activity levels and prices can both begin to spike.
Travel during the low season: Finally, make sure that you always look for the low season around your destination – which is when it’s less likely to get the most visitors. This will help you to choose a more delay-free time to fly.
Looking at all the above, it seems as though the best thing you can do is travel as early as possible on a non-holiday Saturday sometime during the year. Of course, even with statistics, you can never know exactly what’s going to happen with any given airline.
Ultimately, you should always be prepared to handle the stress of a cancellation or delay, no matter how hard you try to avoid them. Building extra time into your plans to account for delays will help too!
I hope these tips have helped, let me know what you think and if you have any more to share!Don’t forget to check out my tips on staying healthy while traveling with the family!