save by flying off peak

It’s no surprise to learn that on average, it’s cheaper to travel in autumn than in summer. But do you know just how much you stand to save by flying off peak?

A new study shows that fares from Ireland to popular European destinations are up to 41% cheaper in September and October than in July and August. For North America, the savings are even greater, as they can be up to 48% cheaper.

The study was conducted by travel search engine kayak.ie. They examined the average prices for return economy flights to popular destinations each month. This research showed the savings people stand to make by delaying their travel until later in the year.

Savings when flying off peak to Europe

September is a great time to visit much of Europe – particularly with flights up to 41% cheaper than in summer! Mild weather and smaller crowds make Rome and Barcelona attractive, while romantic Paris is good at any time of year. Travellers to these destinations can see big savings when compared to summer:

DestinationAverage return flight July/AugustAverage return flight September/October% price difference
Paris€157€92-41%
Madrid€144€86-40%
Rome€216€131-40%
Barcelona€187€114-39%
Amsterdam€120€78-35%

Savings when flying off peak to North America

Further-flung destinations such as Vancouver, Las Vegas and New York also offer better value travel options in September and October.

Vancouver sees the biggest difference, with flights costing only little more than half what they do in peak season. Even flights to New York are more than 25% cheaper on average:

DestinationAverage return flight July/AugustAverage return flight September/October% price difference
Vancouver€810€421-48%
Las Vegas€740€432-42%
Los Angeles€564€382-32%
Chicago€720€501-30%
New York€599€432-28%

Savvy travellers should therefore be making their plans for this time of year. Remember that hotel rates tend to drop off after summer’s peak season too, so there are savings to made all round.

If it’s too late to take this advice for 2017 – remember it for 2018!


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