The 10 worst days to fly in 2016

The 10 worst days to fly in 2016

This week we revealed how being clever with your annual leave could turn 23 days off into 53 – but there are 10 dates this year on which you should avoid travelling altogether.

That is according to Flight Centre, a travel comparison website, which has analysed flight data over the whole of 2016 to distinguish the days of the year to stay at home – and save money.

Justin Penny, head of aviation at the site, said the big dates – such as Easter and Christmas – have obvious consequences on travel, but that there are other events to look out for.

The 10 worst days to fly in 2016Busy airports at peak times are best avoided  Photo: Getty

“The price difference between just a few days in the calendar can mean savings of hundreds of pounds per person,” he said, adding that, as a general rule, it’s best to book in advance as far as is possible.

Wisdom on how to get the lowest air fares is rich and varied, with some suggesting you should never book on Fridays (book on Tuesday instead).

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Here are the 10 dates to avoid this year, and why, according to Flight Centre:

February 12

A popular date for skiers and prices are reaching the peak point for half-term school holidays.

March 24

As the Thursday before the Easter weekend, travellers should expect peak pricing due to the extra demand.

The 10 worst days to fly in 2016England travel to France this summer for the Euros  Photo: Getty

April 13

A busy date for travel to Thailand as the country celebrates Songkran, its traditional New Year’s Day, and is a favoured time to travel to the region.

May 27

Spring bank holiday weekend is a favourite time of year to seek some early sunshine in the Med.

June 11

England’s opening game in Euro 2016 is likely to mean that travel to France will be in demand and therefore expensive – likewise on July 10 for the final.

July 1

The start of the summer travel period and peak season prices kick in for most destinations. Given the large jump in fares, it can also mean that the last few days of June are extremely busy as well.

The 10 worst days to fly in 2016The marathon comes to New York City  Photo: Getty

October 21

Autumn half-term begins for school holidays.

November 6 and 24

Dates to avoid for travel to New York – as people cross the Atlantic for the city’s marathon and to take part in Thanksgiving celebrations.

December 22

Prices start to rise as early as December 12 if you are travelling as far as Australia and New Zealand, but by the 22nd they are peaking. They will begin to decrease when most people are back to work in early January.

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