Cheap flights in late summer: It’s not too late to book a deal on airfare

Most Americans consider Labor Day the unofficial end of vacation season, but thankfully the calendar tells us that summer’s end is not until the 21st of September. Very good domestic deals and some shockingly cheap airfares to international destinations are available in the next few weeks if you just know where to look.

Cheap Flights in Late Summer: It’s Not Too Late to Book a Deal

CheapAir’s Summer Trends Flight Report is still a fantastic resource for tracking the best airfare deals. Keep in mind, you’ll still save the most money if you fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday, and even starting your vacation on a Monday instead of Sunday will often shave a few more bucks off the bottom line.

Cheap Flights in Late Summer: It’s Not Too Late to Book a Deal

International flights are where you’ll see the deepest discounts. From New York or Los Angeles for example, you can get to most major gateways in Asia for under $1000 in the next few weeks. The up-and-coming destination of Colombia can be yours for the bargain price of right around $400 from either L.A. or NYC as well. Los Angeles to Barcelona or Budapest is just under $700 right now, and even flights to Auckland (never inexpensive) are hovering right around the relatively reasonable-for-last minute $1000 mark.

Maybe you had summer vacation plans that never quite materialized or you decided to forego a summer holiday in order to log more time at work. Well, with the season winding down – we urge you to take a second look. If you can get the time off, you can snag a bargain. You deserve a holiday and this summer you can still get one on the cheap.

Safe travels and if you have questions about late summer flights, please feel free to comment below or tweet to us @CheapAir.

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  1. Hi, I’m planning to book flights from SFO to LAS during MLK weekend (Sat-Mon, 1/17-1/19). Cheapest flights are currently $188 – is this a good deal for MLK weekend/should I book now or wait? Interested in booking for 6 people and about half the seats are full on the flights we want. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Jen,

      That’s not a bad price for that holiday weekend. Fares are higher for that weekend due to the holiday, so booking as soon as you can would be the best option… especially since you’re looking for 6 seats and want specific flights. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: Using our mix and match flight option you can find flights for as low as $172 per person. Keep in mind, when you book on, if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.