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Friday, August 23, is Cheap Flight Day

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Friday, August 23, is Cheap Flight Day

If you’re planning a vacation, but trying to economize as much as possible, then you may want to wait until August 23 to take your flight.

The summer is a popular time for vacation, making the demand for flights high. Once the school year begins, airfares drop. To encourage travelers during this off-peak season, airlines typically reduce their prices 10 to 30 percent for flights taken between August 23 through the first week of October.

For further savings, choose the right day of the week for your arrival and departure. The cheapest days to fly anytime of the year are Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Saturdays are good for international flights. The most expensive times to fly are Friday. Saturday is also an expensive day to fly for domestic flights.

More tips for finding cheap airfare

Clark Howard recommends taking these actions to save on flights

Search for low fares on the weekend

You’ll find the cheapest flights on Sunday. The most expensive flights tend to be booked on Thursday and Friday.

Book your flight early

The longer you wait for any flight, the more you’re going to pay. To make sure you save the most, try to book your flight at least three weeks in advance.

Be flexible with your departure date

Thursday and Friday are usually the cheapest days for departure flights. This can save you up to 10 percent on your flight.

Find a deal first, then book your trip around it

Being spontaneous is actually a great way to save money on a trip. If you don’t absolutely have to go somewhere, it might pay to shop around on flights. Instead of booking that dream vacation to Paris, a trip to Oregon might cost 10 times less if you find a great deal. If you’re up for it, book your random vacation and have fun exploring a part of the world you never thought you’d go to.