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Expedia Reveals the Cheapest Times to Fly

While Spring Break has yet to wrap for some states, many U.S. travellers are already planning their summer vacations. According to Expedia® data, searches for summer getaways have steadily increased over the last month, with many top destinations seeing double-digit increases week-over-week in March. Where are travellers looking to fly to next?

Destinations seeing a recent spike in interest for June to August travel include Singapore (+60%), Houston (+55%), Bali (+35%) and Washington, D.C. (+35%), indicating travellers are researching getaways both near and far.

With summer vacation FOMO taking hold, Expedia offers a look at the season’s trending destinations and tips for helping travellers get more out of their summer trips, including how to score the season’s cheapest fares.

“People are ready to make their summer vacations happen no matter what,” said Christie Hudson, senior public relations manager for Expedia. “With many travel restrictions easing over the past month, travellers have been inspired to dust off their bucket lists and get a jumpstart on planning. Prices are already reflecting that pent-up demand, so timing is going to be key for getting the best deal.”

Summer hotspots
These are some of the trending destinations travellers are eyeing for summer getaways, based on recent spikes in flight searches1:

  • Beach bliss: Bali (+35%), Maldives (+25%), Santorini (+20%), Los Angeles (+20%), Bar Harbor (+20%)
  • U.S. city breaks: Chicago (+40%), Houston (+55%), Washington, D.C. (+35%), Austin (+30%), New York City (+30%)
  • Adventures abroad: Singapore (+60%), Stockholm (+35%), Ontario (+35%), Berlin (+30%), Dubai (+20%)

National and state parks and other outdoor destinations are expected to remain popular this summer as top road-trip destinations, including Mount Rushmore, Banff and Yellowstone National Park.

Best times to travel this summer2

  • August is the cheapest month to fly, with average ticket prices (ATPs) nearly 10% lower compared to July and 5% cheaper than June.
  • The most expensive day to fly is July 1st, the Friday prior to the July 4th holiday, when average ticket prices are 25% higher than average for summer months.
  • Between June and August, the highest ATPs are generally found on Fridays and the cheapest tend to occur on Tuesdays.

Where to fly under $350 roundtrip2
These are a few of the cities where average ticket prices are below $350 for the summer months:

  1. Fort Lauderdale
  2. Toronto
  3. Tampa
  4. San Antonio
  5. Houston
  6. Austin
  7. Providence
  8. Myrtle Beach
  9. Kelowna
  10. Nashville
  11. New Orleans
  12. Charleston

Expert tips for booking this summer’s getaway

  1. Book early and book smart: As with demand, prices will likely increase as the months go by, making last-minute deals harder to find. Travellers should lock in plans early by using “free cancellation” filters on Expedia and choosing flights with waived change fees. While it may be tempting to save a few dollars by choosing restrictive basic economy or saver fares, selecting flexible options will not only save travellers money in the long run but also ensure peace of mind as plans can change.
  2. Be flexible with dates: When viable, travellers should remain flexible with their travel dates. For instance, choosing a weekday over a weekend or avoiding traveling over the holidays can yield savings. Use fare calendars and create price alerts to track pricing and snag a deal.
  3. Bundle to save: More likely than not, travellers will need airfare, hotel and sometimes a rental car for a single trip. Booking them together – also known as bundling – on Expedia can save travellers hundreds of dollars.
  4. Get more with membership: The easiest way to save is by signing up for a free Expedia Rewards account, unlocking access to member pricing of 10% off or more on thousands of hotels. Additionally, members collect points to save on future travel and earn exclusive perks and benefits at top-rated properties around the world.

1Summer hotspots are destinations that saw spikes in flight searches during March for travel between June 1 – August 31, 2022. Search growth compares the first week of March to the last week of March.
2Best time to travel and where to go under $350 roundtrip based on average ticket prices booked through March 28, 2022 for travel between June 1 – August 31, 2022. List is arranged by price, lowest to highest, ranging from $275 – $345.

About Expedia:
Expedia® is one of the world’s leading full-service travel brands, with a mission of helping travellers get the most out of every trip they take by providing everything they need all in one place, ensuring they are getting the most out of every trip they take, and above all else, feel supported every step of the way.

Our commitment to insights matched with our unprecedented scale allows us to understand our travellers better than anyone else, delivering exactly what they need, when they need it. Our personalized experiences backed by incredible technology, enables us to deliver the widest selection of product offerings across accommodations, transportation, activities and experiences, that help you get the most out of your journey.

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