4 Reasons to Watch for Fall's Magic Date to Fly

Remember this date: Aug. 25. That’s when the fall travel season begins, at least as far as the airlines are concerned. What does this mean for you? Plenty. [See FareCompare’s video below]

1. Airline tickets are cheaper

With the advent of fall, airlines slash prices by 10, 20 and 30 percent over summer fares – and sometimes even more.

2. Crowds melt away

With the kids in school, most families have said goodbye to planes for a while – at least until Thanksgiving – which means shorter lines at popular attractions and an easier and faster experience at airport security. Note: Try the TSA’s PreCheck program – it can save you time year-round.

3. Dead zones ahead

If you liked the price drops of Aug. 25 you’re going to love the dead zones – travel periods are called dead because no one wants to fly then:

  • Dead zone #1: First two weeks in November – before Thanksgiving travel.
  • Dead zone #2: The first two weeks of December – right after the Thanksgiving rush just before Christmas travel begins.

4. Fewer no-fly dates

Don’t you hate airline sales with lots of blackout dates? You see a lot less of this in fall at least through mid-November, with the exception of Labor Day.

VIDEO: Why Aug. 25 is really special.

  • See more on this topic in Rick Seaney’s latest column for FOX News.

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Published: August 20, 2014