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The Cheapest Weekends to Travel This Summer

It’s the official start of summer, which means the official start of much-needed weekend getaways.  And while being a weekend warrior can be a blast, it’s not always wallet-friendly.  The Travelocity research department has been busy pulling two years of data to discover which summer weekends are better on your budget.  After the jump, the results:

The absolute cheapest weekend to fly this summer is August 24-26.  Many kids are already back to school by then or their families have booked a Labor Day weekend trip.  And less families travelling means more open seats to fill at cheaper rates.  Check out the rest of our budget-friendly weekends below and start booking your summer travel as soon as possible.  If you book by June 30 you can cash in on Travelocity’s Spring into Summer Sale which could score you a sweet deal at 50% off.

2012 Weekend Dates

Average Domestic Airfare

June 22-24


July 14-16


July 20-22


August 17-19


August 24-26




Travelocity’s Spring into Summer Sale (Travelocity)

Four Ways to Save on Summer Travel (Window Seat)



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Richard Altenburg

I understand the whole supply and demand thing, but I think a lot of companies are guilty of over-egging this a bit. This has led me to take a lot of holidays at ‘off peak’ times. It can actually be good to go to a lot of places in the Spring/Autumn as not being in baking summer heat makes sight seeing more pleasant.


Hi Richard – great point! Shoulder season (between high and low season) is one of the best times to travel for both the weather and the low prices!

Benny Brewer

That’s a very helpful post and I would also say that travelling away from any national sporting event can also be a very good idea – the further you are away, the cheaper it may be :)

Chris Adams

Thanks for sharing this. This weekend is actually a long weekend in the UK (August Bank Holiday) and I’ve already booked my holiday :)


Well I agree the end of August is the cheapest time in summers to travel at our favorite destinations because of supply and demand thing. As peak timings of travel are end of June and beginning of July when school going kids accompany their parents on travelling for leisure.


Sadly that’s the summer that I’ll be going nowhere… Great…


I hear there is a cruise to Italy that’s much cheaper than airfare, not to mention you get to wave to the people on land during a drive-by….can’t do that at 30,000 feet!


Interesting statistic. Thanks a bunch for sharing. Although the price difference is not that great $30 or about 5% more expensive that July dates, every penny counts. I would rather spend the extra money on souveniers or a nice lunch :)


@therapist Italy is one of my favorite places to vacation! Check out our Summer at Sea Sale to find great cruise deals like the one you mentioned!

@Anes our thoughts exactly. With budgets getting tighter and tighter, every penny does count. I’m glad you found the stats helpful!

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