When is the best time to score the lowest possible airfares? Hopper, a mobile app that predicts and analyzes airfare, says that fares have started to drop this month after the summer rush, and they project they will continue to drop another 8.2 percent to hit a fall low in October of an average $213 round-trip domestic fare. They say that is just about the same as last year.
According to Hopper’s six-month forecast (they say that they predict future fare prices with 95 percent accuracy), prices will go up slightly in November, back down in December and hit their lowest in January.
I personally found the best deals last December on Southwest. Once January hit, prices went up — and except for one sale in early June — their “sale” prices have not been great and have not hit the low I found last December. Also, there are bountiful deals right now for fall travel overseas from all airlines. WOW Air is again having a $99 one-way flight sale to Iceland. So amazing!
So my advice would be to keep an eye on Southwest — and other airline — fares as we head into September and October and book as far ahead as you can, knowing you can always cancel and be refunded your points or receive credit for any cash you paid. This includes Spring Break!
What month or time of year have you historically found the best fares?
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