One of my friends in the media recently requested some airline ticket comparison information and I was able to oblige thanks to the huge amount of current airfare data that crosses my desk each day (I also frequently analyze my vast storehouse of historical data). That led me to a new money-saving shopping tip.
Hear Rick Seaney tell you exactly how to work this very special tip:
One-Third Off the Price of Airfare
Let me share this now so you too can see the difference between peak and off-peak pricing for summer travel. In some cases, the difference is stunning – with travelers who fly late in the season saving as much as one-third off the cost of their airfare.
Domestic Flights – Peak vs. Off-peak
The following figures are based on domestic, non-stop 7-day round-trip flights departing on Aug. 12 vs. Aug. 26 departures.
Domestic Airfare Prices: Peak vs. Off-peak
|Flight Length||Example||Aug. 12 Price||Aug. 26 Price||Percent Saved|
|Long haul||New York – LA||$536||$401||33%|
|Medium haul||Chicago – Philly||$400||$316||26%|
|Short haul||San Fran – LA||$200||$168||19%|
Now a couple of examples of international flights, based on the identical dates.
Europe Airfare Prices: Peak vs. Off-peak
|Departure/Arrival||Aug. 12 Price||Aug. 26 Price||Percent Saved|
Bottom line – sometimes moving a trip back just a few days can reap significant rewards. But just one caution:
Don’t Delay Airfare Purchase
The above dates don’t mean you should wait until then to buy your airfare. Purchasing your tickets is something you can be doing right now, and this is especially true for travel to Europe.
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