If someone made a movie about the best time to fly, a good title would be “Deal Zone: Cheap Fall Flights”. You see, once the traditional summer vacation months of June, July and August are over, airfares drop sharply due to lower demand and that’s good news for those who can fly in September, October, November and early December. Let’s find some of these fall deals.
Cheap months to fly
These are cheap months to fly in much of the world. Note: The winter months of January, February and part of March can be even cheaper but the weather in fall is usually nicer.
October: The entire month typically has cheap fall flights.
November: The entire month is cheap, with one exception: In the U.S. the end of November is generally very expensive thanks to the popular Thanksgiving travel period.
December: The first half of the month is usually cheap but prices usually rise about Dec. 15 for Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.
Cheap days to fly
United States: Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Saturdays are usually cheaper than other days.
Europe, Australia, other countries: Weekdays are often cheaper than weekend flights.
Tip: If you can only fly one cheap day, you’ll still save some money.
Current airfare deals
The following cheap fall flights were found in mid-September 2018 for travel in various fall months. All fares are in U.S. dollars and all were found using the FareCompare Getaway Map tool. Note: As always, prices can change without notice.
London – Venice, $78
London – Los Angeles, $390
Los Angeles – Rome, $447
Los Angeles – Dallas, $101
Melbourne – Beijing, $313
New York – Paris, $249
New York – Bogota, $344
Sydney – Rome, $634
Sydney – Los Angeles, $665
Finding the deals
Finding cheap fall flights is really simple. Here are some of our favorite tools.
FareCompare: If you know when you want to fly, go to FareCompare to compare prices and save money. It’s fast, simple, and it works. Note: Southwest is the only airline that does not share its fare data with comparison sites so compare tickets prices on FareCompare, then go to Southwest.
Getaway Map: If your travel plans are flexible, use the Getaway Map. Choose a month or season to fly, then see prices pop up to destinations around the world. Click the city you like and you’ll be presented with four itineraries and fares; click all four itineraries, even if one or another seems too high. The reason is, prices can change so fast that a ‘too high’ fare might ultimately be the big bargain, but you won’t know unless you click it.
Set an airfare alert: Go to FareCompare’s homepage, tell us where you want to go, and we’ll send the deals directly to you. Simple, right?
Holiday gift idea
On last thing: Prices are so cheap for fall flights and the weather is so nice (usually), plane tickets for a fall trip might make a perfect early holiday gift. Or birthday gift or anniversary gift. Tip: Do not surprise the recipient, though; talk to them about this first because most airfare these days is non-refundable. Happy travels.