CheapAir data shows that Memorial Day Weekend is the start of summer travel planning for many eager vacationers. People will book their warm-weather getaways with gusto starting this week, so get those deals while they’re hot (no pressure)! To help you with decision making, for the second year in a row CheapAir has compiled a handy-dandy Summer Flight Trends Report that will take aggravating guesswork out of the planning process and ensure that you score the best summer flight deals at the right time! How do we do this, you ask? Well, we got all of our best data geek minds together and tracked 11,000 airfares for flights each day between June 1 and September 15, 2015. Then we uncovered the best days to fly and crafted some nifty airfare charts for you to browse. Summer brings out the lazy in all of us, but look alive, dear summer traveler! To nab the best deals you’ll need to strike while the iron is hot, because these deals won’t last!
The Best Days of the Week to Fly
Here’s one simple tip that most passengers overlook. CheapAir data shows there are better days during the week than others to fly. During the summer months, vacation planning often includes a Sunday return to ensure the most time off (Saturdays and Sundays are the traditional weekend days for most work schedules). You’d better believe that the airlines know this and generally increase the cost of flights on those days. Not to mention, many business travelers travel on Sunday to reach their destination by Monday morning. For your summer trip, consider flying back on Saturday instead and you’ll save money.
A much more economical plan is to fly midweek. On average, our summer flight data indicates that flying on a Wednesday is $74 cheaper than flying on a Sunday. That may not seem significant until you start examining the typical family vacation. A family of four will save nearly $300 on average for their summer vacation flights just by traveling on a Tuesday or Wednesday. That’s the cost of a couple hotel rooms, or a fancy dinner for four! Seems to be a no-brainer when you can swing a midweek departure and return. The money you save might be the difference between taking a vacation this summer and thinking you can’t afford it!
Late Summer Gets the Biggest Bang for Your Buck
The best fares for Summer 2015 can be found in September (followed by late August). As you might imagine, the most inexpensive rates tend to relate to how far in advance tickets get purchased, and the data bears this out. This year, we found the optimal time to buy an airline ticket was 47 days in advance, on average. However, the lowest summer airfares are usually found 100+ days in advance. Use our tips and start planning now, and you’ll be lounging poolside at your destination in no time!