Airfare will always spike during high-traffic periods like spring break and Christmas, but there are much cheaper fares to be had if you avoid warm-weather months and popular vacation periods.
Based on historical data, Yahoo! Travel has identified the weekends of 2012 that can be expected to have the lowest airfare. Read on to find out when you should take your next vacation.
Since many of the cheap winter travel weekends have passed for 2012, and summer is typically never a cheap time to travel, let's start looking at weekends in the fall.
Sept. 7-9. It’s no mistake that the first weekend after kids go back to school is among the cheapest to travel.
Once the summer travel season and Labor Day are behind us, fares dip in a big way.
Sept. 14-16. A good travel tip in general is to avoid weekends as much as possible. Typically, the best days of the week to fly are Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Generally, you can find last-minute travel deals if you know where to look and you do it on days when when nobody’s traveling, like this random weekend in Sept.
Sept. 21-23. This is another September weekend – clearly, this is the best month to get cheap fares. But where should you go if you’re traveling during the fall?
The Caribbean is a good destination during the fall because hurricane season tends to send airfares way down for this part of the world.
Of course, that means you’re taking a risk that a storm will ruin your vacation, which is why buying travel insurance is recommended if you choose this strategy.
Sept. 28-30. It turns out all four weekends in September are cheap to travel, and for good reason: The kids are back in school, the weather is cooler.
Oct. 5-7. Fall is a good time to get away and to take advantage of the reasonable weather and the low seasonal fares.
Oct. 19-22. As the weather starts to grow cold, it stands to reason that demand for trips to warmer destinations will start to rise, and fares along with it.
However, it’s primarily the northern states that really start to get chilly around this time. The rest of the country is still fairly comfortable, so we see fares stay fairly cheap.
Nov. 3-5. Thanksgiving arrives later this month, so it’s no surprise that demand, and thus fares, are low this first weekend of November.
At this point in the year, most people are just waiting until the holiday to get their travel done.
Nov. 30-Dec. 2. The few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are usually cheap to travel. If you just traveled for Thanksgiving and will be flying again for Christmas, there’s little chance you’re going to take yet another vacation in between.
That low demand could mean cheap flights for people who don’t mind doing a lot of flying to end the year.
Dec. 7-9. If you’re the type to save all your vacation days until December, consider using it during this weekend.