What is Cheap Flight Day?
Every year as summer draws to a close, the price of airfare begins to drop. The day unofficially known as “Cheap Flight Day” signifies the start of fall flight deals. This year, August 22nd is the day average domestic airfare is said to drop. One day before on Aug. 21 is when we should see a decrease in trans-atlantic flight costs.
The lower-than-average rates can be attributed to students returning to school and university. This period of time usually lasts between late August and early December. Airfare will then increase for the holiday season, right around Christmas and New Year’s. There is also an upward spike in prices during Thanksgiving, but the weeks surrounding it will be cheaper.
It’s important to note that while a date for Cheap Flight Day is chosen each year, they are not hard-rules; airlines aren’t all getting together at the same time to give out cheap tickets. Rather, it’s symbolic of the fall travel season.
How much can you save?
Reports vary, but in the past, rates have dropped anywhere between 10 to 20% from the peak summer prices. Keep in mind that this will vary between different airlines and flight routes. It is important to keep an eye out and compare rates. Use tools like Google Flights to compare and get alerts.
Also know that even if you don’t plan or book a trip exactly on Aug. 22, you won’t be out of luck. The fall season’s lower flight demand means that deals will spring up throughout those months. Just wait until you find something that is right for you.
This is a great opportunity to combine low rates with credit card points or airline miles that you may have accumulated throughout the year.
Some sample deals
If you’re members of frequent flyer programs, you may have already started receiving emails advertising lower fares. jetBlue just sent out emails for a two-day sale for flights between 9/6/17 – 11/7/17 (Blackout dates: 9/20 – 9/25 & 10/5 – 10/9).
If you see a deal that suits you, go for it. But remember that more deals will pop out throughout the fall season, and this short two-day sale may be a technique to make readers feel a sense of urgency.
I got another email from Alaska Airlines as well, which you can view here. The ad is for low one-way fares. Again, you can may see similar or even better deals if you wait.
Even international airlines, like Korean Air are sending out back-to-school deals. This one for instance is for 2% off on flights.
Notice that this promotion’s ticketing period ends on Aug. 22, which aligns with the Aug. 21 date mentioned earlier.
Take a trip
If you missed out on a summer trip and have vacation days left, Cheap Flight Day and the subsequent deals may be perfect opportunities to get away for a bit. If you end up going somewhere, feel free to come back to this post and share your travel story with us!