Your vacation days from 2018 may be gone, but it’s time to start planning your days off for next year. If you want to make the most of your budget, start planning now, using data from Hipmunk that calculates when you can benefit from the highest domestic flight savings throughout the upcoming year. Traveling outside of peak vacation times will not only save you cash, but may get you perks like upgrades, extra space and more, thanks to the lower density of travelers. Break out your 2019 calendar and start booking a year of travel that benefits your budget, thanks to Hipmunk’s money-saving calculations.
The best months to fly in 2019 will be January and September
The times periods right after kids head back to school and the official vacation season wraps up are best for travelers to score a deal. Flying in January can save 31 percent, and flying in September can save 25 percent, according to Hipmunk data. 72 percent of all 60 cities Hipmunk analyzed had a “When to Go” date in either January or September.
Visit a new city in January
Some of January’s best flight deals include Cincinnati ($223 median, 48 percent savings on peak price), Palm Springs ($370 median, 37 percent savings on peak price), Orlando ($235 median, 36 percent savings on peak price), Las Vegas ($259 median, 34 percent savings on peak price) and Denver ($202 median, 33 percent savings on peak price).
Take a bonus summer vacation in September
The best deals for September include Fort Lauderdale ($219 median, 43 percent savings on peak price), West Palm Beach ($294 median, 36 percent savings on peak price), Oakland ($237 median, 34 percent savings on peak price) and Savannah ($333 median, 31 percent savings on peak price). Hawaii is also on sale for September: Get 38 percent savings on the peak price for both the Big Island and Kauai: Kailua Kona (Big Island – $536 median) and Kailua (Kauai – $584 median)
Hold off on November and December
Of course, the winter holidays are huge for travel, but consider a staycation or road trip next year and fly somewhere exotic before the year’s end. 63 percent of all 60 cities analyzed by Hipmunk had their peak prices in either November or December.
The most expensive month to fly overall is July
Consider June or August for your big summer 2019 vacation. July had the highest median domestic airfare, $424.