At Geezer’s with passports we just did a little experiment that might help you save money on the flights for your next big trip.
We have always known that flying in the summer is extremely expensive but when is the cheapest time to fly?
Our little survey was fairly simplistic and over looked some important cost factors but it does paint a picture that is interesting. Over a 7 month survey we simply identified the least expensive flight each month and compared those rates. So we are doing apples to apples we looked at flights from Miami to Paris.
To make our little experiment possible we used the “Price Graph” tool offered on Google.com/flights.
Here’s the result of the survey.
The lowest flight in June was $1029. The lowest flight in July was $733. The lowest flight in August was $631. The lowest flight in September was $492. The lowest flight in October was $492. The lowest flight in November was $492. The lowest flight in December was $483. The lowest flight in January was $450.
Being in an experimental mood we decided to see what the most expensive days were. Keep in mind these are the cheapest flight of each day of each month, checking over a one month period. The highest ( remember this is the cheapest flight on the most expensive day) flight in June was $1571. The highest flight in July was $1423. The highest flight in August was $1205. The highest flight in September was $771. The highest flight in October was $721. The highest flight in November was $594. The highest flight in December was $813 (this is during Xmas). The highest flight in January was $1007 (this is just after the 1st and the second highest day was only $676).
Our twisted thought process was that if there is some kind of correlation between the least expensive and most expensive days to travel each month then it may support our belief that summer is an expensive time for discount travelers. Keep in mind this little experiment is just the Miami to Paris flight. My statistics teacher in college would have taken my heart out with a spoon but Charlene and I agree this little experiment seems to support that summer flight are much more expensive and that the really good flights are in the October, November shoulder seasons.
A second factor that seemed to be shown in our survey was that Holidays like Christmas and New years really take the price of traveling up but those surges are countered by the fact that before Christmas and after New Years prices drop dramatically. Looking at the little chart to the right you can see that the time to travel is around the Christmas and New Years rush so if you’re flexible go early and stay late your flights will be cheaper. As the graph to the right shows fly in on Christmas and leave the day before New Years if you want the best flights.
One message that is clear, “fly when no one else wants to fly and you will save money.
One thing that we have been preaching in this blog is to do repositioning cruises in October and November from Europe back to the United States. These cruises are crazy inexpensive but also the one way flights in October and November are crazy cheap too (yes Geezers that is a $149 flight from Boston to Barcelona).
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