Sometimes, same-day flights are more expensive.
If you absolutely need to get to a very specific location the same day you are booking your flight, and the flight is filled, you might not get a flight at all.
Most of the time though same-day flights are cheaper than booking in advance if you’re willing to fly standby.
Why are same day flights so expensive?
All airlines that fly this route have very similar lists of fares. The airlines reason that most of the customers who purchase last minute tickets are business travelers and business travelers can (generally) afford to pay more. So the system is designed to make last minute fares more expensive.
Can you buy a plane ticket the same day?
Can I buy a same day airline ticket? Yes. For travelers making last minute plans, same-day tickets are generally available, depending upon availability. You can purchase a same day airline ticket either online (can be difficult sometimes), over the phone with the airline or travel agent, or at the airport.
Is it cheaper to buy last minute flights?
Contrary to popular belief, booking airline tickets late is often cheaper. Airlines know that business travellers tend to book their seats at the last minute and are willing to pay a premium for their flights. The logic follows that the earlier you book, the cheaper your seat will be.
Do flight prices go down the day of?
Wednesdays are traditionally the cheapest day to fly, according to a Fare Compare study of historical airfare data. Airlines generally offer sales on all flights during the middle of the week, but Wednesday seems to be the least desirable day to fly.