You’re shopping around for flights and have a choice of flights at 6:15am or 7:01pm. The 6:15am one is cheaper but you’d have to wake up at way-too-early o’clock and those few extra hours of sleep are totally worth the extra money you’d pay for the later flight. Or so you think. So you choose the 7:01pm flight.
Is it still worth it if your flight and everything around it turns out to be awful? Maybe that early morning flight would have been better? Yeah, it might have. Here’s why…
According to Travel & Leisure, there are lots of reasons to consider an early morning flight:
Early morning flights should have few, if any delays, for several reasons. Lots of late takeoffs are because of air traffic. But there’s significantly less air traffic before, say, 8am. There’s also been no time for delays to pile up on delays, which will also help. Of course, if there’s weather happening, or a mechanical issue, those kinds of things can’t be helped. But otherwise, you have a better chance of your flight taking off on time with an early morning flight.
Jet streams trigger sudden changes in wind speed that can rock a plane all over the place. We’re kind of stuck with that; the best a pilot can do is avoid it. But another type of turbulence is thermal turbulence. That one is created by hot rising air, usually from cumulus clouds or thunderstorms. Those tend to happen more often during the afternoon, which is the hottest time of the day. So if you fly in the early morning, when it’s still relatively cooler outside, there’s less chance of turbulence.
Not as many people are willing to fly those 6:15am flights, so airlines try to make them more attractive with a lower price.
It’s Not As Crowded
Do YOU want to wake up at 3 o’clock in the morning to make your plane? Neither do I or a whole lot of other people. So the plane won’t be as crowded. And – bonus! – the roads at 4am will be pretty empty, too!
The Airport Will Be More Pleasant
Think about it. People are still groggy from the early morning hours, so they’re not as loud. Kids might not even be running and screaming. People haven’t had a chance to be frazzled yet and in general, the airport will just be…calmer. That’s definitely something to look forward to.
My Take On Early Morning Flights
Now personally, I think that my actually following through with all of this and getting an early morning flight could just about kill me because I am SO NOT a morning person. Just ask Joe. So do as I say, not as I do. But still, an early morning flight could make your traveling day a whole lot better…IF you can stand waking up that early, anyway 😉
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