Summer Airfare Forecast: Mostly Flat, with Some Cheaper Cities

Airfare analyst and FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney has good news for U.S. vacation travelers this year.

LISTEN: Rick’ll be on a plane this summer, too, and shares some tips.

Summer Airfare: Mostly Flat

“In general, most people won’t see much change in the price of summer airline tickets compared to what they paid in 2015,” said Seaney. “Year-over-year average prices are mostly flat.” However, flat doesn’t mean cheap; summer is one of the airline industry’s favorite seasons thanks to high demand and high prices. However, it’s a different story in some markets.

Summer Airfare: Some Cheaper Cities

“A few select cities will see an airfare decrease, thanks to steep competition plus decent traffic,” said Seaney and these departure/destination airports include:

How to Make Expensive Cities Cheaper

But travelers can cut costs to even the most expensive cities by following a few simple rules – in most cases, rules that go hand-in-hand with travel flexibility:

  • Fly the cheapest days: Generally, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Add a stop: Non-stops can be much pricier than connecting flights, especially on longer trips.
  • Set airfare alerts: If special deals pop up out of the blue (it happens) you’ll learn of them ahead of everyone else.

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Updated: May 10, 2016