Even though you just finished your taxes and you’re still finding sand from spring break in your laundry, now’s the week to start planning summer vacations. Maybe you didn’t get hyped about crazy-cheap fares to Europe, and figured you’d wait until it stopped ice storming to consider your warm-weather plans. But start now. Because according to experts, the week of April 23 is the cheapest time of year to book summer travel.
“Hold up!” you say. “Didn’t every travel hack story I ever clicked say the 21 to 45 days is the best time to book airline tickets?”
Yes, yes it did. And that is still a good general guideline. But just like any general guideline, it’s also not inviolable. It happens, in this case, that when folks at metasearch app Hipmunk crunched a ton of numbers, they found that flights departing in June, July, and/or August, were cheapest when booked this week.
So call a family meeting, get on the group chat, or consult absolutely no one if you prefer to travel alone. It’s time to make your summer plans, or risk paying through the nose.