Late Summer Travel: Where the Bargains Are

July is the most expensive month for summer travel and it makes perfect sense – you have the perfect storm of a holiday with firework action (yay, Independence Day!) and the kids have been out of school for a month, making it high time for a little diversion action. But did you know that some of the best summer flight deals occur in August and even into September? Even if you’re just now getting around to thinking about a summer getaway, there are bargains to be snagged! Here are just a few of the smokin’ deals available right now on!

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Vegas is a real scorcher this time of year, but bargain hunting travelers recognize this as the best time to scoop up those savings. Sin City is always a busy, buzzy town – our best advice is to hang out by one of the resort pools by day and hit the casinos at night!

Flights: Round trip nonstop flights from under $250 can be found on United from Newark in August. If you can travel in September, the price goes down to $203 on Spirit! Just don’t forget to travel light to keep the savings significant.

Hotel: The Stratosphere is a great option for budget travelers. Rooms are under $30/night for most dates in August. Families might like the sound of a $22 room at Circus Circus, and if you’re interested in mostly just people watching by the pool, the MGM Grand is still one of the bets values – the run of house rooms are right around $100/night or you can kick thing up a notch and go for a more boutique experience at the Signature at MGM Grand for $137/night.

Los Angeles, California

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Beach people flock to L.A. every year in late summer and for good reason – summertime weather is darn near perfect, but really doesn’t kick in strong until July. We like to wait for the tourist crowds to thin out a bit and recommend hitting the beaches in August.

Flights: Nonstop flights from Dallas to LAX start at just $121 on Spirit or right around $150 on Delta and American.

Hotel: If you’re not too fussy about where you lay your head, the best bargains will be found around LAX. You can book a room at the Wingate by Wyndham for just $135/night. And sure, you’re near the airport but you’re also going to be very close to the beach and trust us, in Los Angeles you do not want to hassle with traffic. Any “airport” hotel will situate you right round 10-15 minutes from white sandy beaches. If your heart is set on sleeping where you can hear the waves, we’ve got affordable options for you too. Rooms at the Cadillac Inn are just steps from Venice Beach and will set you back just $215/night.

Seattle, Washington

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In a town where you can expect a ton of rain for the better part of the year, locals know that summer is the best time get outside, experience the city with sunshine and warm temperatures. And luckily for travelers, there are bargains to be had to help make this happen. Come to Seattle and enjoy the outdoors – lush, green landscapes, delicious restaurants and upscale hotels, all at a reasonable price.

Flights: Alaska and Delta Airlines have nonstop flights available for $151 roundtrip from Los Angeles.

Hotels: For travelers who prefer to be Downtown, you are going to pay a bit more. The 2*Loyal Inn is actually a great value, offering free breakfast and WiFi for $244/night or for the same price you can stay at the 3* Courtyard by Marriott Downtown. For the best Seattle bargains, stay out in the ‘burbs. We’re fans of the Days Inn Bellevue, where you can score a room for around $120/night.

Hilton Head, South Carolina

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Summer family vacations are done right in Hilton Head. Coligny Beach is best for travelers with kids. The waters on Coligny are shallow and placid, with tidal pools where you can wander through and collect sand dollars at low tide. The Coligny Plaza shopping center across the street from the beach has open-air family entertainment all summer long, as well as a movie theater showing first run movies for the whole gang. Another popular family activity is renting giant tricycles and tooling around the boardwalk. Get your whole brood to Hilton Head and let the family fun begin!

Flights: Flights from the New York area (EWR) to Savannah (a 45 minute drive from the island) on United are selling on average for right around $110 from now until September (you can even get a flight here and there for $99!)

Hotels: Stay at the Days Inn on Hilton Head Island for under $100/night in August or the Hilton Garden Inn for $151/night.

Paris, France

paris, france
You might be surprised to hear that Paris is on any bargain list for summer travel. But late summer is a great time to travel to destinations all over Europe – as Europeans go on holiday themselves and the heavy tourist season winds down. Dining in Paris can be affordable if you avoid the tourist restaurants, take the Prix Fixe menu (usually written in French only on a blackboard outside establishments – they’ll give you the best value for the money), and there’s a lot of free or nearly free attractions to keep you busy in the City of Lights (wander along the Seine, picnic under the Eiffel Tower!)

Flights: Thanks to low cost air carrier WOW Airlines, you can catch a flight for under $400 in August this year.

Hotels: The Ibis Paris Montmartre (near the Moulin Rouge) has rooms available for just $80/night most dates in August. The 4* K + K Hotel Cayre Paris is a romantic little hotel, with views of the Eiffel Tower and those iconic Paris rooftops for $161/night.

Airfares include taxes and fees and are valid as of 7/19/18 on select dates between 08/01/18 and 9/21/18. Lowest fare seats are capacity controlled and may not be available on every airline, flight, or date. Fares subject to change without notice.

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  1. My older sister, 89, 90 on November 29, I would like to visit her before she might pass.
    She was diagnosed with cancer, most likely terminal. Financially I am not in a too good situation
    and might not be ready to take a regular flight.
    I am 85 myself and might have many chances to in the future. What would be available, I could afford by foregoing any thrills whatever and at any time. I am still in fairly good health, that high health insurance and or cancellation insurance would my go home make impossible. There used to be something like passionate flights ? R.Zinzius.

    1. Hi Roland,

      That used to be the case, but the airlines don’t have any set policy on this. Ultimately it is up to the airline’s discretion if they will provide a discount, which is highly unlikely. Id suggest checking flights for your route to see which airline service that route and then call the airlines to inquire about a discount. We wish you the best!

  2. Nice post…
    Low fair air lines are making air travel easy now a days. Some of them are offering low fairs even in season time.

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