2016 Summer Cheap Flights

Best days to fly for Summer Vacation

June Calendar

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  • Jun 1 The least expensive day to travel this month.
  • Jun 7 In general, flying on Tuesdays and Wednesdays will save you money on summer airfare.
  • Jun 20 The first official day of summer.
  • Jun 29 You’ll save an average of $88 by traveling on a Wednesday instead of a Sunday in June.

July Calendar

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  • Jul 4 If you must travel for the 4th of July, you can save by flying on the holiday
  • Jul 12 Traveling on a Tuesday instead of a Sunday in July will save you $104 on average.
  • Jul 17 The most expensive dates to travel in the summer are in July. Avoid flying on Sundays to save overall.
  • Jul 26 This is the least expensive day to travel in July.

August Calendar

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  • Aug 7 The most expensive day to travel in August. No surprises here – a Sunday.
  • Aug 23 August is a good value for air travel. On average, travel in August will save customers $42 over travel in July.
  • Aug 27 Saturdays are also a relatively inexpensive travel day in August.
  • Aug 31 The cheapest day this month to travel.

September Calendar

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  • Sep 5 Labor Day is typically busy and expensive holiday weekend. Take advantage of lower than average fares and book soon to save.
  • Sep 20 The least expensive day of the month for flying. Close your summer out with a fun, inexpensive getaway!
  • Sep 21 The last official day of summer.

While a lot of travel sites focus on the July 4th and Labor Day holidays, there’s really no such thing as a one-size-fits-all summer vacation. This year we’re bringing you the data to help you narrow your air travel dates, whether you’re planning a family vacation in June just after the kids get out of school, a more traditional July 4th getaway or an off-peak vacay in more wallet-friendly September. Historically, you can score the best deals in August and September, and this year is on track for similar late-summer value. Check out our calendar to discover the dates best fitting your needs.


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Summer Travel News and Updates from Experts at CheapAir

5 Most Relaxing Towns: Top Destinations to Visit for a Stress-Free Vacation

boulder, co

Guys, I don’t know about you but 2016 has been stressful! This crazy world has really put us through the wringer, and it’s got us on the lookout for a vacation full of rest, relaxation, and serene spaces. Luckily, there are quite a few destinations close to home (i.e., in the good ol’ U.S. of A.) with supremely relaxing pedigrees to recommend them.* Read more »

The Cheapest Days to Fly this 4th of July

4th of July travel

With the 2016 Independence Day celebrations now close enough to touch, we thought we’d share some interesting data for this year’s holiday weekend based on the CheapAir Summer Flights Report. The 4th of July falls on a Monday this year, and there are some solid savings to be had when you structure your travel plans with a little creativity. Read more »

UPDATE: When to Buy Flights for Summer Travel

summer beach vacation

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, and it’s here already-can you believe it? Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about booking a fab vacation this summer while saving big on airfare. Read more »

The Best Beaches in the U.S. for Your Star Sign

south beach, miami, florida

Anyone can choose a beach based on the relaxation levels or water sports available. This year we’ve taken your beach vacay selection to the next level and have carefully curated some amazing beach holidays based on your horoscope. Whether you’re a fire, earth, water or air sign – we’ve got your fun in the sun plans covered! Read more »

Backpacking Europe 2016: 10 of the Best Destinations to Visit on a Budget

naples street performers, italy

Are you putting together your itinerary to backpack around Europe this summer? It’s a time-honored tradition for students to make a 3-month trek around the continent, and even on this timetable there’s far more to see than any one person can manage. The travel experts at CheapAir.com want to share some of our picks for best budget destinations on the continent this year. Read more »

Tips for Booking Cheap Summer Flights

  1. Book as early as you can! Prices will continue to rise as flights get more and more full.
  2. Be flexible with your travel days. Sometimes flying a day earlier or later can make a huge difference.
  3. Mix and match airlines to get the cheapest flights or best schedules.
  4. Check alternate airports. Sometimes, you'll find big savings that way.
  5. Be realistic. Prices for holiday weekends like Labor Day are going to be more expensive than other weekends during the summer months.
  6. When you find a good fare, be ready to buy. There are often only a handful of seats available at the best rates and they get snapped up quickly.
  7. Pay baggage fees in advance and factor them into your travel budget.
  8. Use Price Drop Payback: If your itinerary price drops after you've booked, you could receive up to a $100 credit back!