Why Not Fly When Nobody Else Wants To?


I recently wrote about our upcoming move to France for 2015. Our visas were approved quite quickly, and so we immediately took to the internet to research airfares from Toronto to France near the end of December. We're staying with my parents for the month of December as we get everything organized to move, and made the decision that we would stick around over Christmas so that the kids could celebrate with their grandparents and extended family.

We figured that the days in and around Christmas would be super expensive as it's high season, and so we searched every possible date from December 26th to January 2nd, including both round trip and one way ticket options. We expected one way tickets to be the most expensive, and for the most part, they were.

We had avoided searching New Year's Eve because really, who wants to fly on New Year's Eve? Then I spoke with a friend of mine who is a very frequent flyer, and she asked why I didn't consider flying December 31st. She told me that she frequently chose that date with her family because the airports are less busy, the planes are not full, and the prices tend to be cheaper.  It's also a bit of an awkward date because it falls smack in the middle of school holidays, and most people want their vacation to extend past December 31st.

So I took her advice and Wow! I found a one way ticket to France for $660, all taxes and fees included, on December 31st. One stop (but they are all one stop, since there aren't any direct flights to the city we're heading to from Toronto), short layover, and seat selection included. The next cheapest ticket we had found was $1175, and the prices went all the way up past $1600. We payed more than $500 less PER PERSON than the next priced ticket on a different day. That's a savings of just over $2000 for our family of four.  I checked out round trip fares, and the price was pretty similar for a New Year's Eve departure.

Now I'm curious to know which other days of the year are ripe for great deals! If you have any tips or  recommendations on inexpensive days to fly or even to buy tickets, let me know in the comments and I'll be sure to pass them on to readers.