Negotiating The Worst Dates To Fly In 2016

4 February 2016
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Although cheap flight deals are far easier to find these days, there are still certain times of the year you should try to avoid if cost is a priority.

However, with school holidays and unforeseen circumstances, this sometimes isn't an option. To help, we've outlined the most expensive days to fly in 2016, accompanied by a few tips for ensuring you don't break the bank.

Plane Flights can be more expensive at certain times of the year (Image: Getty)

Worst Days To Fly

The following dates are a general guide to heavy travel times, but may change depending on the airline.

24 March: This is the Thursday before the Easter long weekend, so expect peak pricing due to extra demand.

5 June: The start of the European high summer travel period and Australian winter school holidays mean peak travel prices kick in for both regions, continuing throughout the season.

17 June: Travel to North America will attract peak prices, as the high travel season begins from this date.

23 September: Third-term school holidays start, meaning popular family destinations such as Fiji, Bali, Phuket, Hawaii and Los Angles incur higher prices from increased demand.

30 September: If you're heading to Melbourne this weekend, you'd want to be attending the AFL grand final to justify the inflated travel prices.

26 November: Schoolies for NSW and Victoria students increased prices for Gold Coast flights. Most people avoid this area during schoolies anyway.

22 December: Prices climb the week before Christmas and stay that way for much of the festive season, lowering again when most people have returned to work and school.

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Family road trip School holidays are an expensive time for flying, so it might be better to organise a road trip (Image: Getty)

Travel Advice

  • As a general rule, the price of all domestic flights increases the closer to the date of flying, so avoid last-minute travel.
  • Parents eyeing a family holiday this year should plan early and secure flights and accommodation as soon as possible.
  • Waiting too long to book means you run the risk of incurring higher prices as flight and accommodation availability dwindles and costs climb.

Tom Walley, head of leisure travel at Flight Centre


  • The nature of supply and demand influences flight prices. When availability declines, airfares and accommodation prices will increase.
  • Travel is fairly cyclical. Suppliers know what times of year the majority of people fly and price accordingly.
  • Airlines tier their seat prices and release a limited number of seats at the cheapest lead-in price. During peak-season travel there are still lower-priced flights available, but this seat allocation is exhausted quicker and the price increases from there.
  • Fortunately, we're in the golden age of travel. There has never been a cheaper time for international airfares with increased capacity and competition driving prices down. Avoid peak season, or at least book early, and you will still score a great-value holiday.

Tom Walley, head of leisure travel at Flight Centre

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Laura Carlin

Give me big cities and culture over nature and wide open spaces any day, with the exception of a white sandy beach of course. Consider me a traveller with champagne tastes on a beer budget; I'd love my time overseas to be more glamorous than it often is. When in a new city you'll find me exploring the back streets to discover hidden gems by day and chatting with the locals with a drink in hand by night.