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In many ways, it's never been cheaper to fly commercial. Domestic fare flash sales are popping up every day, and a smattering of deeply discounted international flights seem to be up for grabs on a regular basis. Still, there are certain times of year -- like right now -- when you can reliably score a good deal. That's right, August 23 marks what is frequently dubbed "Cheap Flight Day" by many travel industry experts, when airlines across the board reduce fares after the pricey summer travel season. 

Sure, Cheap Flight Day is a made-up holiday and it may seem less important now that knockout flight sales happen year-round, but there are still plenty of good deals up for grabs, so why not seize the moment to book a budget-friendly fall trip? We tapped travel experts -- including the folks from cheap airfare finder Matt's Flights and CheapOair's Tom Spagnola -- to provide some background on the annual event and a few tips and tricks to secure a cheap flight right now. We'll also be maintaining an updating list of the best Cheap Flight Day deals as we find them, so feel free to bookmark this page and check back throughout the day. 

What is Cheap Flight Day?

Many travel industry vets have come to know August 23 as Cheap Flight Day because historically, airlines start to lower their prices on or around that date as the peak summer travel season comes to an end. The reason they do this, according to CheapOair, is to woo people to book a trip before most folks start making holiday travel plans in hopes of curtailing a lull in ticket sales. This year, both international and domestic airfare is expected to drop roughly 15% for a few weeks starting today.

"Coming off the expensive summer travel season, this four-week period is often overlooked as more consumers are focused on returning to their normal work and school schedules," said Sam Jain, the founder of CEO of CheapOAir's parent company, in a statement. "It’s really the perfect time to get a jump on holiday travel plans as prices will begin to climb by late September.” In other words, if you were hoping to squeeze in a budget-friendly getaway before the hectic holiday travel season rolls around, now's the time to act.

What are the best ways to find cheap flights?

Traveling in the middle of the week will almost always guarantee you a cheaper fare (think Tuesday or Wednesday departures and returns), and weeklong trips tend to be the cheapest, according to Matt's Cheap Flights. As always, you'll want to book flights at least 30 days before you want to skip town, though there's also a suite of handy services, apps, and sites that can alert you exactly when to buy in order to lock in the best bargain. 

The most competitive fares will likely stick around through Labor Day (or until demand drives up the price), and there may well be a special Labor Day fare sale all its own, according to Spagnola. 

The best Cheap Flight Day deals (UPDATING)

International Flights
New York City to Paris under $300 -- Find a flight here
New York City to Rome under $300 -- Find a flight here
New York City to London under $350 -- Find a flight here
New York City to Barcelona under $300 -- Find a flight here
New York City to Kingston under $350 -- Find a flight here
New York City to Vancouver under $350 -- Find a flight here
New York City to Cartagena under $350 -- Find a flight here
New York City to Manila under $600 -- Find a flight here
New York City to Providenciales under $325 -- Find a flight here
New York City to Porto -- Find a flight here
Boston to Madrid under $300 -- Find a flight here
Boston to Sao Paulo under $500 -- Find a flight here
Boston to Copenhagen under $350 -- Find a flight here
Miami to Milan under $400 -- Find a flight here
Miami to Medellin under $200 -- Find a flight here
Dallas to Mexico City under $200 -- Find a flight here
Denver to Kingston under $350 -- Find a flight here
Los Angeles to Copenhagen under $400 -- Find a flight here
Los Angeles to Beijing under $400 -- Find a flight here
Los Angeles to Tokyo under $500 -- Find a flight here
Los Angeles to Seoul under $400 -- Find a flight here
San Francisco to Hong Kong under $400 -- Find a flight here
Chicago to Dublin under $500 -- Find a flight here
Chicago to Punta Cana under $300 -- Find a flight here
Orlando to London under $400 -- Find a flight here

Domestic Flights
Boston to Chicago under $150 -- Find a flight here
Boston to Nashville under $250 -- Find a flight here
Dallas to Orlando under $200 -- Find a flight here
Los Angeles to Austin under $200 -- Find a flight here
Los Angeles to Las Vegas under $100 -- Find a flight here
New York City to San Francisco under $250 -- Find a flight here
New York City to Orlando under $100 -- Find a flight here
New York City to Los Angeles under $200 -- Find a flight here
New York City to Savannah under $150 -- Find a flight here
Miami to New York City under $200 -- Find a flight here
Miami to Denver under $100 -- Find a flight here
Chicago to Boston under $150 -- Find a flight here
Chicago to Los Angeles under $150 -- Find a flight here
Chicago to Las Vegas under $150 -- Find a flight here
Chicago to Fort Lauderdale under $150 -- Find a flight here
Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale under $150 -- Find a flight here
Minneapolis to San Diego under $225 -- Find a flight here