The cheapest time to fly for Canadians

Find the best times, days of the week and months to book your next trip at the lowest prices.

You could save some serious bucks on your next trip by choosing your travel dates according to the cheapest flight times. As long as you’re open to keeping your travel schedule flexible, there’s no reason why you can’t save a little by booking on and for specific dates in the week.

HOT TIP: When searching for flights, check the “flexible dates” option if you can. You’ll get to see if flying a day before or a couple of days after your selected date is cheaper.

We’ve all done the research for you, so read on to discover how you can get the lowest prices on your next flight tickets based on when you book and your chosen departure dates.

Cheapest time of day to fly

In general, early morning, lunch time and late night flights are the cheapest. When you fly at a time when there are typically less passengers, you’ll likely score cheaper tickets.

The most expensive times to fly are usually between 5pm – 9pm when people don’t have to take time off work to fly during the day and can sleep on an overnight plane journey.

The following graph is based on airfares for domestic carriers travelling from Toronto to Montreal on Wednesday 13 August 2019. Prices are accurate at the time of writing and times used were taken to the nearest 15 minutes.


Cheapest day of the week to fly

The best day of the week to fly is usually on a Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday. The peak times (with the highest prices) are on a Wednesday or Thursday evening after work for those going away for a long weekend and Monday morning for those getting back to work after a trip away. If Tuesday or the weekend aren’t an option, Friday morning or afternoon is also a good time to fly to beat those flying off in the evening after work.

Check out how flight prices change during the week on domestic carriers. The prices used were the lowest prices on each carrier for the week of 11-17 August 2019 flying from Toronto to Montreal.


Cheapest months of the year to fly

The best time to fly is during your destination’s off-peak season. If you’re planning your next vacation in Asia this could be during monsoon season, or summer at a ski resort.

If you can’t make the ideal off-peak times, aim for the dates just before or after peak season. In general, peak season will occur during school holidays, Christmas, public holidays such as Canada Day or ski season.

Here’s a quick look at the cheapest months to fly to popular domestic and international destinations for Canadian travellers. The destinations chosen are based on 2018 traveller departure data across Canada and flight prices were taken from Skyscanner by selecting the “cheapest month” option for departures from Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

The cheapest months to fly domestic:

TorontoVancouverCalgaryMontrealHalifaxQuebec CityOttawa
JanuaryYesYes
February
MarchYesYes
April
May
June
JulyYes
August
SeptemberYesYesYesYesYes
OctoberYesYesYesYesYesYes
NovemberYesYesYesYes
DecemberYes

The cheapest months to fly to select international destinations:

LondonNew DelhiLas VegasParisNew YorkLos AngelesOrlandoCancúnManilaBangkok
JanuaryYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
FebruaryYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
MarchYesYesYesYesYes
AprilYesYesYes
MayYes
June
July
August
SeptemberYesYes
OctoberYesYesYesYesYesYes
NovemberYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
DecemberYesYesYesYesYes

When to book for the cheapest flights

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