Summer is fast approaching and if you’ve held off buying your vacation airline tickets until now, it’s time to stop the procrastination and get down to business. Here’s all the info you need to know about booking your flights this summer and saving on airfare while you’re at it!
We’ve been putting together the Summer Flight Trends Report for 5 years now, can you believe it! Well, all of this yearly data crunching has given us major insight into which dates are the best value for vacation planning. We do this to remove the guesswork and help you choose the best summer flight deals at the right time! We’ve tracked 11,000 airfares for flights each day between June 1 and the end of September to identify the best days to fly. Here are the key summer flight takeaways you need, month by month – we also added cheap destination suggestions (airfares under $200 round trip):
Tuesday, June 12th is the least expensive day of the month to travel, with Tuesday and Wednesday air travel offering the best fares overall. If you fly on a Tuesday instead of a Sunday in June, you’ll save an average of $64. Here are a few places to consider if you’re looking for inexpensive destinations in June:
July is hands down the most expensive month to travel this (and every) summer, for both domestic and international leisure travel. You can still save more by traveling on either a Tuesday or Wednesday over Sunday – you’ll save a whopping $100 on average flying on Tuesdays in July instead of Sundays.
If the budget is a concern, we highly recommend waiting until August to take your vacation. August is a great value and will cost 7% less than air travel in July (on average). But don’t wait too long to book – the best priced seats on flights sell out first on flights. Buy now!
Not everyone can travel in September, but if you have the flexibility your wallet will benefit greatly. Prices are so good, you’ll have extra dough to spend on accommodation and entertainment. September 12th is the least expensive day of the month to fly, on average
So what have we learned, kids? First, travel midweek for better savings. Next, try to avoid July if budgeting is a major concern. And finally, the more flexibility you have the better! Whether it’s having a bit of leeway with your travel dates, a willingness to split your ticket between two airlines, or taking an itinerary with a layover or less than ideal departure time –flexibility will save you money.
Once you find a good fare and lock it down you can avoid post-purchase worry if you buy with CheapAir.com. We have a feature called Price Drop Payback that protects your ticket up to $100 should the price drop after you purchase it.
And that, friends, is how you save on summer airfare. Check out our When to Buy study for year-round airfare intelligence – and happy travels!