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It’s the Cheapest Week to Travel This Summer, and 96% of Americans Have No Idea

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The endless number of cheap travel hacks out there all revolve around one central piece of wisdom: It is all about timing. Even when it comes to cheaper travel destinations, finding the right booking window and travel dates is still necessary. Now, Skyscanner is revealing that one particular week in all of summer 2024 will offer the cheapest travel prices compared to all others.

A new report from Skyscanner shows that the week of August 19 will be the cheapest week of summer to fly, but 96% of Americans won’t be taking advantage of it. You can save an average of 29% when traveling the week of August 19 instead of the week of July 1, which is the busiest and most expensive week to travel during the summer.

It is also the range of time that Kayak recommends as the cheapest period to travel this summer, so it is widely agreed upon that you can save money by traveling later this summer. This is valuable intel, considering that 35% of Americans still haven’t booked their summer travel, according to a One Poll survey of 2,000 Americans.

To make your summer planning even more cost-effective, you can also use Skyscanner’s new Savings Generator tool, which can help you find the best value destinations for your unbooked summer trips, including the best value destinations, the best booking windows for popular destinations, and a search tool that lets you can scan for hotels, flights, and rental cars all over the world.

Here’s a sneak peek of the tool, with a list of some of the destinations that have had the biggest price drops in recent weeks for summer travel dates and the lowest average roundtrip flight prices you can find to these destinations.

  • Split, Croatia: 24% price drop and an average $386 roundtrip flight
  • Zurich, Switzerland: 24% price drop and an average $348 roundtrip flight
  • Nassau, Bahamas: 23% price drop and an average $222 roundtrip flight
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia: 22% price drop and an average $523 roundtrip flight
  • Bucharest, Romania: 22% price drop and an average $442 roundtrip flight

You can also use Skyscanner’s Where Should I Go feature in 2024, which lists domestic and international destinations that offer ultra-low average prices for flights and hotels.

“We know how much Americans look forward to and research their summer trips – this year perhaps more than any,” Skyscanner’s Travel Trends and Destination Expert Laura Lindsay told Thrillist in a statement. “Skyscanner data has been designed to help travelers understand how to make their money go further this summer; from the best time to book, surfaced in our Savings Generator, to the destinations that have seen the biggest price drops this summer.”

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