Time To Buy Those Plane Tickets! Cheap Flight Day Is Just Around The Corner!

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August 23rd is known as “cheap flight day”, as it generally marks the start of plummeting flight costs across all airlines.

Flights can drop anywhere from 10 to 20 percent, according to ABC News.

Back-to-school season and an end to the carefree, summertime vacation approach towards life marks a significant drop in booked flights, allowing cheaper prices to come into fruition.


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When: August 23. While there can be some slight differences among airlines, this is generally the day fares drop on most routes. This day, or beyond, is a cheaper time to begin a journey.

Why: According to the airline calendar, August 23 marks the start of the fall travel season because a lot of kids are back in school and demand for leisure travel drops significantly. The airlines know when we want to fly (and when we don’t) and price fares accordingly.

How much: We’ve seen fares drop anywhere from about 10 to 20 percent (and more, sometimes), depending on departure and destination cities.

Sales: Check out recent sales from airlines like Southwest and United and look at the travel periods covered by the deals; both give starting dates of August 23.

Cheapest days: Not all days of the week are equal. As a general rule, the cheapest days of the week to fly remain Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays while the most expensive are often on Fridays and Saturdays (domestic flights). Again, the airlines know which days are more and less popular for travelers.

Where: The August 23 price-drop is good for both U.S. domestic fares and flights to Europe. In fact we’re seeing some excellent prices on transatlantic flights now including an August 23 departure from New York to Copenhagen for $610 round-trip.

Booking: The usual rules for airfare shopping apply; book at least 30 days before you plan to take off.

What’s the catch: All good things come to an end and this August deal zone does too, at Thanksgiving. On the other hand, look for an additional dip in prices during the first two weeks of November.

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