Summer airfare has been through the roof this year. Travelers were eager to go outside, with good reason.
If you didn’t get a chance to travel this season, plan for the fall and winter. Travel experts are predicting this fall and winter to be the best time to travel.
Hopper recently shared that “flight prices drop seasonally in late August through mid-October, as demand tapers off following the peak vacation months in May, June, and July.”
Airfare is expected to decrease by 25% this month compared to May. “The drop this year is larger than usual as a result of the abnormally high summer prices and earlier peak in demand,” says Hopper.
As we savor the last days of summer, fall and winter travel aka the off-season is looking hopeful.
Why travel during the off-season?
Besides airfare and accommodation costs being lower, there are other perks to traveling in the off-season. Off-season also depends on the location you’re going to.
For example, if you’re traveling to Europe, summer is the peak season. However, if you’re traveling to Colorado to go skiing, winter is the peak season.
Areas that are typical touristy areas, will be less crowded in the off-season.
Look for new routes and carriers who need to fill seats
If you’re looking for cheaper flights in the off-season, a great place to start is with carriers’ new routes.
French bee’s Commercial Director Sophie Hocquez says, “Travelers can look to new routes launching in the off-season to save money. For instance, French bee will open a fourth route to Paris from Miami in December (starting at $311 one-way), which is a wonderful time to visit holiday markets.”
Hocquez also suggests flying on weekdays and choosing airlines that offer a la carte services. If an airline offers a la carte services, you can just pay for what you need such as leg seats, meals, and priority luggage.