Labor Day is in the rear view and for most Americans that means the symbolic end of summer vacation season. But wait! Did you know that moving your travel plans to September can save you tons? It’s not too late to save money on your summer vacation – especially in an expensive year like the one we’re having.

The benefits of a late summer vacation

As we mentioned, the financial payoff of taking a late summer vacation is clear. Even a superficial look at our Summer Flights page, shows that the bulk of the most affordable flights happen at the end of summer. Another great reason to take a late summer vacation is that you’ll avoid high season crowds. Especially in beach destinations and Europe, this can really make a difference in your enjoyment. No crowds means more affordable accommodation, some attractions and even restaurants.

When Should You Go?

Summer travel prices trend down as you get into late August and even lower if you can travel in September. For example, flights from Los Angeles to Oahu in mid-August are around $720 round trip. When you look at the same flights the first week in September the prices go down 20% and by the end of the month there are flights available for as low as $600.

Another popular route is New York to Los Angeles. Flights mid-August are as high as $500. The same flights in early September are just under $300 and get as low as $216 on low cost carriers by the end of the month. With fares this good, why wouldn’t you wait?

Why are these flights so cheap?

We know that a lot of Americans vacation in the dead of summer, with June and July being the most popular times to go. This is especially true for family travel, when kids are out of school, making the timing ideal for families. However, popular domestic and international destinations are crowded and much more expensive in high season. The money you’ll save on a reasonably-priced hotel stay and affordable dining options just by shifting your plans to late August or September will make the date adjustment more than worth your while.

Check out our Summer Flights Page for more tips and detailed information about the best days to fly.

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