Summer Airfare’s the Cheapest It’s Been in Ages

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It’s May, the month to discuss grandiose summer plans of backpacking and traveling and beach trips. Don’t write off a trip just yet, though, because this year flights will be at a record low.

Airfare predictor app Hopper reports that this summer’s domestic airfares will be down 12.5 percent from last year, 20 percent from two years ago and the cheapest they’ve been since 2009. Needless to say, if you’re considering a vacation this summer, you should probably book it this month.

So where are the biggest savings? Domestically, Hopper says summer travelers will save the most on flights to Miami (and pretty much everywhere in Florida, actually), Philly, Houston, Orlando and Anchorage. Internationally, cheap tickets to Rio de Janiero and São Paulo have already begun to flood the market, and you can probably thank the Olympics—and the fact that nobody wants to go—for an expected 32 percent drop in rates to Rio later this month (remember, you won’t need a visa if you go).

Mexico City, London and Santiago, Chile also appeared. Perhaps surprisingly, interest in
European travel continues to slide, and Australia and New Zealand seem poised to be the
destinations—maybe even budget destinations—of the near future.

That said, according to Hopper’s Consumer Airfare Index, where you live will likely dictate if you see any of these cheap fares.

Tom is a travel writer, part-time hitchhiker, and he’s currently trying to imitate Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? but with more sunscreen and jorts.