Summer is anything but here, with warm weather just around the corner. Rising temperatures will also mark an increase in flight prices according to travel experts. Expedia wants to help you find the best flight prices and has compiled a nice extensive advice manual do this.
“People are ready to make their summer vacations happen no matter what,” said Christie Hudson, senior public relations manager at Expedia, in a press release“With the easing of many travel restrictions over the past month, travelers have been inspired to dust off their to-do lists and start planning. Prices are already reflecting this pent-up demand, so timing will be key to getting the best deal.”
The first thing to know is where the most searched destinations will be. According to recent Expedia search spikes, beach destinations like Bar Harbor, Bali, the Maldives, Santorini and Los Angeles are popular. Big US cities also seem to be trending, like Chicago, Houston, Washington DC, Austin and New York. The third pillar of popular destinations are international cities like Singapore, Stockholm, Ontario, Berlin and Dubai. So if any of these places were on your dashboard for your summer vacation, you’ll need to plan carefully to avoid price gouging.
While location will obviously play a huge role in the cost of flights, your timing will also play a role. Expedia predicts that August will be the cheapest month to travel, with the average cost of a ticket falling 10% from July prices. These results are similar to the figures that Hopper published on summer flight prices. The most expensive day of the summer to fly is July 1, when tickets are on average 25% higher.
Like most times of the year, weekday flights are usually cheaper than weekend flights. This summer, the average ticket prices are the cheapest on Tuesdays and the most expensive on Fridays. Last-minute deals will be harder to come by this summer, so it’s also best to book as early as possible.
“Where viable, travelers should remain flexible with their travel dates,” Expedia Travel Experts share. “For example, choosing a weekday rather than a weekend or avoiding travel during holidays can generate savings. Use price calendars and create price alerts to track prices and close a deal.
Finally, to give you a shortcut to finding low-cost destinations, Expedia has also produced a list of destinations that often have round-trip flights for around $350 this summer. These cities are:
- Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- Toronto, Ontario
- Tampa, Florida
- San Antonio, TX
- Houston, TX
- Austin, TX
- Providence, Rhode Island
- Myrtle Beach, SC
- Kelowna, British Columbia
- Nashville, TN
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Charleston, South Carolina
Not sure if your airport will be included in the offers? Thrillist has highlighted the cheapest airports for domestic travel. With all of this information, hopefully you can get where you’re going this summer without spending a fortune. Just prepare for bigger crowds this summer wherever you go, as record numbers of travelers are expected to be on the move. Remember: travel safe, travel smart, and get creative with your summer destinations.