The Cheapest Days to Fly in 2018

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The Cheapest Days to Fly in 2018

An analysis of airfare price data averages shows 2018 is shaping up to be a great year for travel if you know when to fly, and that’s where this guide comes in. It lists cheapest days to fly and expensive dates to avoid, season by season.

The focus here is on domestic U.S. flights, and flights from the U.S. to Europe. But this information can provide a rough guide for other regions of the world and here’s a rule of thumb: Prices usually rise when children get out of school, and drop when they return.

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January, February, March:

Cheapest days to fly: Jan. 9 through most of March.

Expensive days to fly: Feb. 15, 16, 17. Prices rise for President’s Day weekend. Also, fares rise for weekends only beginning March 10/11 and this continues through April 22.

April, May, June, July:

Cheap and expensive days to fly in April: Weekday flights are a relative bargain but weekend fares will run about 20% higher or more through April 22.

Cheap and expensive days to fly in May: May 1 to May 16 will be relatively cheap for both weekday and weekend travel but average fares jump 20% or more for travel on May 17 to May 31, weekends and weekdays.

Cheap and expensive days to fly in June: See a continuation of the higher May prices for travel dates from June 1 to 22. Then the most expensive summer fares will kick-in for travel dates from June 23 to Aug. 27.

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Fall – August to November:

Cheap and expensive days to fly for fall: Expensive summer fares remain in effect through Aug. 27. Then, the cheap fares of fall begin Aug. 28 and continue through mid-November.

Flights from the U.S. to Europe:

Cheapest days to fly, January to March:Jan. 9 to March 16 is when prices drop as much as 40% from holiday fares.

Spring price hikes: Fares rise March 17 to April 14 on Friday and Saturday flights, but drop back down again from April 15 to May 28.

Pre-summer price hikes: May 29 to June 15 will see prices begin to rise across the board.

Peak summer prices: Highest summer prices will be for flights from June 16 to July 15, followed by a slight drop in fares from July 16 to Sept. 9.

Fall price-drop:September 10 through mid-December will see a big drop in prices followed by a significant hike for the December holidays.

When to Buy:

The dates shown above tell you when to fly to get the best prices; now let’s talk about when to buy. Here are the shopping windows:

    U.S. domestic: Between 3 to 3 ½ months and 3 to 4 weeks before departure.
    Flights to Europe: Between 5 to 5 ½ months and 30 days before departure.

Find more great tips when to buy your tickets an start planning your 2018 vacation. Safe travels!

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