The cheapest time to travel depends on where you’re coming from and where you’re going. Use the form above to find more specific recommendations.
We’ve analyzed millions of flights to tell you the best times to fly anywhere in the world. The graph below shows average price by week around the world for the average of all flights in USD.
Generally the cheapest time to fly is from the second week in January to the end of February
. The next cheapest time for travel is from late August to mid November
December is the most expensive month, but only due to the massive surge in price and demand during the last two weeks of the year. The start of the month is relatively affordable. Christmas and other holiday dates aside, the summer months are the most expensive times to fly. June and July are very expensive, with higher prices coming towards the end of July and tapering off as summer vacations in the northern hemisphere end.
Generally warm weather will mean higher prices, but those who can’t or don’t want to travel in cooler months can find good deals in late spring and early fall. Mid August to Early October are especially nice for those looking for warm weather and cheap ticket prices.
We list prices weekly and give you weekly ranges where the prices are cheap. This is important, because most sites only show you monthly data. This cost data can be misleading. I.e. while it’s true that December is the most expensive month, that’s only because the Holiday season around Christmas is extraordinary. Travel will be most expensive close to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and during the US summer vacation season. There are two major vacation schedules for schools, but May through the first Wednesday in September will have school out somewhere in the country. You can clearly see these times reflected in the travel volume, and flexible bargain hunters can find travel deals as the summer vacation season opens in late May and comes to a close after Labor Day.