Time for a crash course on the latest airline intel that’ll do everything from help you save hundreds of dollars on tickets to prevent you from missing your flight!

#1: We’ve talked about how study after study shows that Tuesday is the traditionally cheapest day to book a ticket. But the day you fly is also a key factor in how much you pay. Fridays and Sundays are the most in demand travel days – so they’re often the most expensive. But studies show you can save a couple hundred dollars by traveling on the least popular days - Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Then, next time you go to the airport – get there extra, extra early – because your plane could leave early! Every month, the government publishes statistics that report how tardy airlines are. And because that can cost big bucks in lost ticket sales – after all, who wants to fly on an airline notorious for delays – a lot of airlines today leave either right on time, or sometimes even a few minutes early.

And finally – always fly before sun up! If the first flight of the day is canceled or delayed, you still have first dibs on all of the day's flights, so you’re much more likely to snag another seat.

Another upside to earlybird flying? The first flights out tend to be the cheapest flights of the day – since no one wants to get to the airport at 3 in the morning for a 5 AM take off! And the earlier your flight, the more money you save.