Advice for summer travelers: Plan on a late-summer vacation to find the best prices. If online travel retailers are reading the tea leaves correctly, August might be the wallet-friendly sweet spot this year.
Priceline says June and August will be the cheapest times to fly domestically, and August will offer best airfares for international travelers. It also found that airline tickets cost about 1% more than last summer.
“Internationally, tourists can keep costs in check by traveling in August, but they’ll have lots of company, as that’s when Europeans traditionally take summer holiday,” Priceline spokesman Brian Ek said in a statement. The company based its recommendations on a sample of 30 days of summer airfare purchases.
Hotwire's State of Summer Travel Report also says travel costs are up. Travelers can expect to pay 4% more for domestic flights and hotels than 2012, it found. Hotwire also recommends August as "the most affordable month to fly," the company said in a statement. The exception: 38% discount found on the popular New York City-Los Angeles route.