‘Tis the season for summer vacationing. Well, almost. While your summer travel planning may be well under way or calendared as a later to do, now’s the perfect time to check out cheap flights.
Whether you’re a prudent planner or a chronic procrastinator, you’ll want to read on. A new approach to finding cheap airfare could help you stretch your vacation this summer.
Meet Hopper, a new app that crunches a broad range of data, and then uses the results to predict airfare behavior. The app has a purported accuracy of 95%. That’s not bad when we’re talking predictions.
Sure, everyone knows that airlines are keyed into peak travel months and adjust their pricing accordingly. But although average ticket prices are expected to rise over the next couple of months, there’s a silver lining for would-be travelers. Hopper has identified certain choice destinations whose fares are predicted to drop during the month of May.
Got your credit card handy? Check out these lists of domestic and international locals that are expected to be an airfare steal in the month of May.
- Nashville, Tennessee (27%)
- Indianapolis, Indiana (27%)
- Denver, Colorado (26%)
- Oakland, California (25%)
- Boston, Massachusetts (25%)
- Wilmington, North Carolina (25%)
- New Orleans, Louisiana (23%)
- Baltimore, Maryland (23%)
- Dallas, Texas (22%)
- Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (22%)
- Barbados (45%)
- Cancun, Mexico (38%)
- Aruba (35%)
- Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (34%)
- Liberia, Costa Rica (34%)
- Antigua (34%)
- Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (31%)
- Paris, France (30%)
- London, England (30%)
- Madrid, Spain (30%)
So what’s the best way to lock in a low fare as prices fall? Start by downloading the Hopper app, plug in your desired destination and date, and wait for the app to alert you when prices begin to go down. You can also monitor pricing yourself through Hopper.
But don’t wait too long. Of course, we all want the best deal, but don’t let perfect be the enemy of good enough. If you spend all of May waiting for a great fare that never drops quite far enough, you could find yourself paying a premium in June. Keep your eye on the prize, and you just might find yourself landing in a summer vacation spot you didn’t think you could afford.