Getting a great deal isn’t just about knowing when to buy — it’s also knowing when to go. That’s why Hipmunk analyzed millions of flight bookings over a 24-month booking window to find the most cost-effective month to fly to popular US cities.
Key When to Go 2019 findings:
START THE YEAR OFF STRONG
January historically is the cheapest month to fly for both domestic and international destinations, with domestic airfare 31 percent lower on average than peak summertime booking prices.
- Best deals for January include:
DON’T SHRUG AT SHOULDER SEASON
Summer may be the traditional vacation time—but it’s also when crowds and prices peak. After January, the second cheapest month to travel domestically is in September, right after kids head back to school and the official “vacation” season ends. Flying in September can save 25 percent.
- Best deals for September include:
- Fort Lauderdale ($219 median, 43 percent savings on peak price)
- Hawaii! Get 38 percent savings on the peak price for both the Big Island and Kauai:
- Kailua-Kona (Big Island – $536 median) and Lihue (Kauai – $584 median)
- West Palm Beach ($294 median, 36 percent savings on peak price)
- Oakland ($237 median, 34 percent savings on peak price)
- Savannah ($333 median, 31 percent savings on peak price)
WHEN NOT TO GO
- When NOT to Go: 63 percent of all 60 US cities analyzed had their peak prices in either Nov or Dec
- 12 cities have peak prices in Nov; 26 cities have peak prices in Dec
- The most expensive month to fly overall? July, with a median domestic booking price of $424
Can’t go in January or September? Find a deal that fits your schedule. Use the chart below to find recommended destinations for every month of 2019. (Hint: Click the chart to open in a new tab and zoom)