Morning Brief: When’s The Best Time To Book A Flight?

Happy “Friday Jr.” — Andrew from Narcity here. ☕

From above: Truckers, drifters and traveling families were treated to an odd sight this weekend at the Big Texan Steak Ranch off the highway in Amarillo, Texas: Comedy legend Will Ferrell, decked out in Sherlock Holmes regalia, plowed through a 72-ounce steak .

The performance is rumored to be part of a documentary project, but the stunt begs the question: If Ferrell ever had a full-on mental breakdown, how would anyone know?

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An airplane takes off.

An airplane takes off.

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Thanks to a number of factors including demand, staffing shortages and fluctuating fuel prices, the best time to book a flight in North America is even earlier than usual – between 1.5 and 5.5 months before your flight departure, according to CheapAir. This information comes from analyzing nearly a billion airfare prices, which revealed that the price changes, on average, about 49 times from the time a flight officially goes on sale. Here’s Sofia Misenheimer with the latest.

  • go deeper: The prevailing wisdom also applies – that booking a flight during the week is usually cheaper than flying over the weekend. Wednesday is the cheapest day to fly, saving an average of $136 compared to Sunday, the most expensive day.
  • What else? It’s also cheaper to fly earlier in the year, with February and then January being the cheapest options.
  • My take: Add it all up and it sounds like the best hypothetical flight deal is a Wednesday February departure booked in early fall.
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La Ronde in Quebec.  Right: A roller coaster at Canada's Wonderland.

La Ronde in Quebec. Right: A roller coaster at Canada’s Wonderland.

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Disney World is expensive — and that’s before you factor in the possibility of a freak alligator attack in the parking lot in front of your off-park motel. Fortunately, Canada actually has a number of really solid amusement parks. Canada’s Wonderland, north of Toronto, is arguably the most well-known destination, but there are other fantastic day trips in Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton and even New Glasgow, PEI. Katherine Caspersz has the facts on what to expect.

Patrick takes a selfie.  Right: A sign by Tim Hortons.

Patrick takes a selfie. Right: A sign by Tim Hortons.

Patrick John Gilson | Narcity, Ken Wolter | dreamtime

Patrick John Gilson saw some things. ugly things. Things that would make an inferior man sweat through his sheets in a night of anxiety attacks. That’s because Patrick spent seven months working at Tim Hortons in a small town during his teenage years — and yes, dear reader, he’s seen firsthand how the proverbial sausage is made.

I won’t spoil the story (or your breakfast). Read on for the six things Patrick wished he hadn’t known about some of Tim Hortons’ most famous menu items.

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