Deal Zone: Cheap Fall Flights

Fall leaves

If someone made a movie about the best time to fly, it could be titled, “Deal Zone: Cheap Fall Flights.” The reason it’s cheap is due to a sharp drop in demand for flights once the traditional travel months of June, July and August have passed. This in turn leads to a sharp drop in airfare prices, so it’s easy to find cheap flights for travel in September, October, November and early December.

Cheap months to fly

The following are cheap times to fly throughout much of the world. Note: January, February and early of March can be even cheaper, but the weather in autumn months is usually nicer.

September: Look for the cheapest flights toward the end of this month.

October: The entire month usually has cheap ticket prices.

November: Most of this month is cheap, with one exception: The American holiday of Thanksgiving, celebrated in the third or fourth week of November, is a very expensive travel period in the U.S.

December: The first half of the month is usually cheap but prices start to rise for holiday travel (including Christmas and New Year’s) beginning around Dec. 15.

Cheap days to fly

United States: Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Saturdays are usually cheaper than other days.

Europe, Australia, other countries: Weekdays are generally cheaper to fly than weekends.

Tip: If you can only travel on one cheap day, do so; you’ll still save something.

Current airfare deals

The following cheap fall flights were found in early September 2019 for travel in the fall (months and days vary). Prices shown are round-trip fares in U.S. dollars, and all were found using the FareCompare Getaway Map tool. Note: As always, fares can change at any time, with no notice.

London – Pisa, $54
London – Los Angeles, $346
Los Angeles – Rome, $384
Los Angeles – Austin, $113
Melbourne – Beijing, $285
New York – Paris, $243
New York – Quito, $344
Sydney – Los Angeles, $589

Finding the deals

Finding cheap fall flights is simple if you have the right tools.

FareCompare: If you know when you want to fly, go to FareCompare to compare prices and save money. It’s fast, simple, and it works. Note: The Southwest is the only U.S. airline that does not share its fare data with comparison sites so if you’ll be flying within the U.S., compare tickets prices on FareCompare first, then go to Southwest.

Getaway Map: If your travel plans are flexible, use the Getaway Map. Choose a month or range of dates to fly, then see prices pop up to destinations around the world. Click the city you like and you’ll be presented with multiple itineraries; click all of them, even the ones that look too expensive. Prices change so quickly in the airfare game, the price may have dropped while you were shopping.

Set an airfare alert: Go to FareCompare’s homepage, tell us where you want to go, and we’ll send the deals directly to you via airfare alert. Simple, right?

Holiday gift idea

One last thing: Fall fares are so cheap, an autumn getaway could make the perfect gift. An early Christmas present, perhaps, or a birthday or anniversary gift. Tip: Do not surprise the recipient. Discuss it before putting down any money because these days, most tickets are non-refundable (after a 24 hour grace period). In other words, if you choose a trip that isn’t what your recipient wants, you probably won’t be able to get your money back.

Anne McDermott
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