Most Popular Destinations this Summer and Cheapest Time to Fly

Popular Destinations this Summer

Most Popular Destinations this Summer and Cheapest Time to Fly

Spring is already upon us, so travelers are already planning their summer vacations. According to Expedia, searches for summer getaways have steadily increased over the last month, with many top destinations seeing double-digit increases week-over-week in March. Destinations seeing a recent spike in interest for June to August travel include Singapore (+60%), Houston (+55%), Bali (+35%) and Washington, D.C. (+35%), indicating travelers are researching getaways both international and domestic.

Summer hotspots

These are some of the trending destinations travelers are eyeing for summer getaways, based on recent spikes in flight searches: 

  • Beach bliss: Bali (+35%), Maldives (+25%), Santorini (+20%), Los Angeles (+20%), Bar Harbor (+20%)
  • U.S. city breaks: Chicago (+40%), Houston (+55%), Washington, D.C. (+35%), Austin (+30%), New York City (+30%)
  • Adventures abroad: Singapore (+60%), Stockholm (+35%), Ontario (+35%), Berlin (+30%), Dubai (+20%)

National and state parks and other outdoor destinations are expected to remain popular this summer as top road-trip destinations, including Mount Rushmore, Banff and Yellowstone National Park. 

Best times to travel this summer

August is the cheapest month to fly this summer. Average ticket prices are nearly 10% lower compared to July and 5% cheaper than June. The most expensive day to fly is July 1st, the Friday prior to the July 4th holiday, when average ticket prices are 25% higher than average for summer months.

Between June and August, the highest average ticket prices are generally found on Fridays and the cheapest tend to occur on Tuesdays. You can read more about the best time to book travel this summer.

Where to fly under $350 roundtrip

These are a few of the cities where average ticket prices are below $350 for the summer months:

  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Toronto
  • Tampa
  • San Antonio
  • Houston
  • Austin
  • Providence
  • Myrtle Beach
  • Kelowna
  • Nashville
  • New Orleans
  • Charleston

The list is based on average ticket prices booked through March 28, 2022 for travel between June 1 – August 31, 2022. List is arranged by price, lowest to highest, ranging from $275 – $345.

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