Cheap flights! $$$ off our artificially inflated prices! A free carry-on that always used to be free until we started charging for it! You’ve seen the glut of getaway airfare ads and, yeah, there are a lot of straight-up cheap flights, too. But what you really want to know, in your vulnerable mid-winter state, is if you’re actually getting a good deal. If a scarily low fare was that scarily low last year (and the five before that), it doesn’t seem like such a steal anymore.
Enter Hipmunk, a brainbox metasearch site that ranks flights by “agony” -- i.e. factoring in price, duration, stops, and if you have to go anywhere near JFK at rush hour. They’re also in prime position to analyze gazillions of fares from years gone by, and work out which destinations are at a cheap ebb to start 2018.
We asked Hipmunk’s content manager, Kelly Soderlund, to crunch the numbers for us, and out the other side came the flights that are expected to be cheaper now than at any other time of year, straight from NYC to somewhere warmer, exoticer, or just way outside the daily grind. These are based on the average cost of flights through March -- punch in specific dates on your favorite airline’s site or online airfare bazarr, and you might get a nice surprise.