Finding cheap summer airfares
Timing is everything, especially when it comes to cutting the cost of vacation airfare. If you can avoid the peak of the summer season — June 23 to Aug. 27 you can cut costs. These sample fares were found late last week on FareCompare.com; prices can change without notice.
Fly before June 23
June 22 is the last day for cheaper pre-summer fares (but give or take a day or two, depending on where you live and where you’ll travel). A couple of non-stop, round-trip flights:
June 15-18: $183
July 6-9: $205
❚ Denver-New York
June 14-18: $202
July 12-16: $233
Fly after Aug. 27
On Aug. 28, the cheaper fall season kicks in.
❚ Kansas City-New York
July 21-28: $344
Aug. 30-Sept. 6: $274
Fly after early September for Europe trips
We saved the best for last; roundtrip from Washington to London:
❚ Fly July 21-28: $1,142
❚ Fly Sept. 8-15: $557
As always, you should check multiple booking and airline sites before buying a plane ticket.
— Rick Seaney
Travelers can sometimes avoid peak summer fares by altering their travel dates by just a few days.