Why Friday The 13th Is The Best Day For Cheap Flights

Maybe it isn't so unlucky after all.

Are you superstitious? Do you always step over cracks and avoid black cats at all costs? Because if you are, then you may be contributing to why Friday the 13th is one of the cheapest days for flights.

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Being afraid of flying is no joke. Some people can get really freaked out and really carried away. They shouldn't though. Flying is actually more safe than driving a car. As in, there are far more deaths related to car usage than airplane usage.

I get that the thought of plummeting thousands upon thousands of feet through the air towards the ground can make you a wee bit skittish, but once you get over that fear, it's smooth sailing. 

Well if you're scared of flying and superstitious, then you'd probably never fly on Friday the 13th, right? It makes sense if you think about it, and it works in the favor for the rest of us.

That's right! Because people are so terrified of something going wrong, there are actually far fewer people who choose to fly on Friday the 13th. Now obviously plane accidents don't really have anything to do with bad luck, but are you really willing to take that chance?

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Apparently, in the UK it makes a far bigger deal than anywhere else. It is consistently the cheapest day to fly all month. Data from KAYAK has seen flights having a difference of $90 between Friday the 13th and any other Friday within the UK. 

KAYAK's data even revealed that Friday the 13th is at least 5% cheaper than any other day within the same month. They even have stats that show a 44% price drop! That's almost half price! And it's not just the UK, in France, Austria and Sweden, Friday the 13th is also the cheapest day of the month to travel.

People call it the most unlucky day of the year, but if you think about it, it might not be so unlucky after all. Saving on flights because of other people's friggatriskaidekaphobia (which is the fear of Friday the 13th) sounds pretty good to me.

Flight prices often fluctuate depending on demand. So naturally, if there is far less demand for travel on days like Friday the 13th, they are going to lower their prices. So this fear is actually affecting consumer behavior.

The craziest thing about all of this is that according to a statistical analysis by the Aviation Safety Network, there have actually been fewer fatal aircraft crashes on Friday the 13th. The average number of accidents on "the most unlucky day of the year" is 0.067 per day, while the usual daily average is 0.091. So, it's actually ever so slightly safer to fly today.

Hmmm, but interestingly enough, four of eight crashes recording on Friday the 13th happened with the day fell within the month of October (in 1950, two in 1972, and 1978). Well, now that sounds fishy to me.

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