Late Summer Flights are Cheap: Where to Go to Get a Bargain in August & September

With September around the corner, you might think summer is done! But don’t put your beach umbrella and swimsuit away just yet. You’ll miss out on some great end of summer airfare bargains – airfare prices peak in July and start to go down throughout the months of August and September when “summer” travel is less prevalent. Reference our Summer Flights page to help choose the best dates to fly. Go against the grain and score a deal to one of these great destinations!

Kauai, Hawaii

kauai, hawaii
Hawaii is one of those evergreen destinations without a low season and we talk a lot about Maui as a favorite vacation pick. We’re branching out to share a bit about Kauai this time – it gets less tourist traffic, offers some spectacular scenery of it’s own and high season summer crowds depart, late summer and fall bring some hot deals to the mainland to entice you. Rooms and airfares will double in January but right now Kauai offers deep savings in late summer.

Getting there: Nonstop flights on Hawaiian Air doesn’t get much better than $477 from Los Angeles and $578 on Delta from Seattle.

Accommodation: The Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Waialua Bay offers rooms for $134/night and the Kauai Beach Resort has basic rooms for $142/night.

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

smoky mountains, tennessee
We just “did” Tennessee as part of a cross-country vacation with the family, and can we just say Pigeon Forge packs a punch. It’s home to Dolly Parton’s beloved Dollywood amusement park, it’s also within spittin’ distance of the Great Smoky Mountains. If you visit Pigeon Forge in August or September, you’re getting to be there between peak summer tourist season and the simply stunning fall foliage of the Smokies.

Getting there: Nonstop flights from Dallas start at $359 on American and $309 from Chicago on United.

Accommodation: The family-friendly Holiday Inn Pigeon Forge is a steal at $82/night and the Best Western Plaza Inn has modern, well-appointed rooms for just $80 with continental breakfast included.

Berlin, Germany

brandenburg gate, berlin
It used to be that you needed a year or more to research and book a European trip properly. Thankfully, those days are long gone and if you have the flexibility, a fun summer European vacation can still be yours for the taking. Berlin is a great gateway to exploring the rest of Europe whether you want to go by rail or one of the low-cost air carriers. But if you’re looking for a fun city to hang in for a few days, Berlin is hard to beat. The bohemian/artistic vibe is strong and there are oodles of history to experience– from Brandenburg Gate to “Checkpoint Charlie” and remnants of the Berlin Wall, to the moving Holocaust Memorial. Check out our Europe Summer Flights page for more tips and best dates to travel.

Getting there: Flights to Berlin are a great deal right now, starting as low as $470 on WOW airlines from Los Angeles, $707 on Norwegian Air from New York and $440 on WOW from San Francisco

Accommodation: Berlin budget hotels are of a very good standard. Book at the Holiday Inn Berlin City for right around $100/night or the 3-star Mercure Hotel Berlin Mitte for just $106. Looking for a stylish option under $100? We’ve got you covered. The centrally located Fjord Hotel Berlin has rooms for just $94/night.

Miami, FL

miami beach. florida
Miami is humid in August and September and the prospect of rain sometimes keeps hardcore beachgoers away. However, rain (if it comes) usually lasts for just an hour or two. We think that’s worth the risk. You can expect hot and humid days, a bit of rain in the afternoon, and balmy nights in August and September. That sounds like great beach weather to us. Add in great flight and hotel deals? We’re packing our bags and putting on our party pants!

Getting there: Nonstop flights to Miami from Phoenix for $234 on United and nonstop from Los Angeles for $297 round trip on Delta.

Accommodation: The sheer number of great hotel deals makes it hard to narrow the field to just one or two picks with the lowest prices coming in under $40. If you just want to find a cheap place to lay your head after the party, you can’t go wrong with the SoBe Hostel and Bar on Miami Beach. The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club is a more grown up option, but still comes in at a quite reasonable $77/night.

Mérida, Mexico

merida, mexico
You’ll be forgiven if the name Mérida doesn’t immediately ring a bell. Mérida is not a Mexico beach destination, it’s not a party destination and you’ll have to change planes in Mexico City to get there. So why go? It’s an up-and-comer on the Mexico tourism scene for Americans, though the rest of the world has known about it for quite some time. Mérida is steeped in colonial and Aztec history, its cobblestone streets are charming squared, and it’s got tourism infrastructure without being a tourism trap. This is the kind of town that’ll totally sneak up on you. Just go.

Getting there: Flights on American from Los Angeles are under $300 in September and under $300 from San Antonio on United.

Accommodation: Merida has no shortage of budget hotels at outrageously low prices. You can stay at the ibis Merida for just $39/night or the 4-star Fiesta Americana for $89/night. Even the Hyatt Regency Merida is a steal for $79/night.

Need some more destination advice? Our Summer Flights page is a great resource to give you additional destinations. See where you can stretch those precious vacation dollars and make the most of the remaining summer days. Happy travels!

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*Airares include taxes and fees and are valid as of 8/2/17 on select dates between 08/02/17 and 9/30/17. Lowest fare seats are capacity controlled and may not be available on every airline, flight, or date. Fares subject to change without notice.
**Double accommodation hotel prices for select dates in August and September are current as of publication date, August 2, 2017.


    1. There are lots of flights to Jamaica, Arness! What dates are you looking to fly – I can check fares.

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