The Absurd Cost of Airfare Post Covid-19

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The hunt begins

As covid-19 comes to an end, and many people are finally confident enough to jet-set across the globe, this is when the hunt begins for lower airfare and all-inclusive hotel deals. Unfortunately, during the surge in demand for affordable airfare, many travelers are starting to notice the price spike for what use to be “cheap tickets” when booking with companies such as Spirit Airlines.

Below we will go over different sources that will give more details about the airfare price increase post covid and where you can find the best deals for your next vacation.

Sky-high prices

So you have done the long hours of stressful web surfing looking for the “cheap flights”? Great! You have made it to the right place and at the right time.

According to MarketWatch, “If you’re dreaming of summer vacation, you may want to book your flights now. 

Domestic airfares in the U.S. are up 12% since April, according to the booking app Hopper. Prices are only expected to rise further — another 4% — as the July 4 holiday inches closer. International airfares are already up 8% since April. Hopper expects them to rise another 3% before peaking at an average of around $800 round trip later this month. 

You could postpone your trip for a couple of weeks, but that may not save you much money. Demand for domestic travel in mid-July also looks strong. And while prices are climbing, flying across the U.S. is still cheaper than it’s been in years. 

This is the first year in four that Hopper is expecting an increase in average domestic airfares. The average round trip domestic airfare in the U.S. is now $247, according to Hopper. That’s expected to climb to $281 by the end of the year but down from $315 in 2017. 

While flash sales do pop up, you may want to push your trip until late August to find a deal, said Scott Keyes, co-founder of the email newsletter Scott’s Cheap Flights. “Summer is always the most expensive time of year to travel, whether it’s a pandemic year or not,” he said. 

This year is particularly unusual with vaccinated Americans becoming increasingly comfortable taking to the skies, at least domestically, after months of pandemic restrictions.”

This is a lot to grasp, as you can see. There are many things to consider, such as the time of year, the airline, and most importantly, the destination of your dream vacation.

When is the ideal time for you to book your flight?

Here is some advice from the co-founder of Scotts’s Cheap Flights:

First, he recommends booking domestic flights one to three months in advance. Then, book within a month of your planned departure, and you’ll get the best deal. “Last-minute fares tend to be the most expensive,” he said.

Even during airfare sales, airlines typically require that you make your purchase in advance. Southwest Airlines, for example, typically requires a 21-day advance purchase on its sale fares. 

For international flights, Keyes usually recommends booking between two and eight months ahead of time. With the pandemic continuing, however, international travel remains complicated, and everything can change in just a couple of months. 

Due to Covid-19, “Most people are actually still pretty hesitant to fly internationally,” Keyes said. As a result, there are rare last-minute flight deals to be had to farther-flung destinations.

He recently found a next-day nonstop flight to Reykjavik for a $349 round trip from New York. “Not only is that a great fare, but to be able to book with one-day advance purchase is not something you would normally see,” he said.


Woah! We were getting ready to give you the tea (a form of insider information).

So here are the first steps you can take to help guarantee lower prices before giving you the list of places to find cheap airfare prices:

  1. Wait until the Fall season to travel: This is when school starts, and this is when families are booking less.
  2. Choose boring destinations (c’mon laugh a bit). Ok let’s be serious here, you should consider less popular destinations: This is important because less competiton equals lower prices (Supply and Demand 101).

Ok, Ok, Ok, here is how you find cheap flights right now.

  • You can Utilize webistes such as Hopper
  • Scott’s Cheap Flights three favorite tools to search for flights are Google FlightsPriceline, and Momondo. There are also some more complex ones like the ITA MatrixSkyScanner, and various plugins, but for most folks Google Flights, Priceline, and Momondo are plenty.
  • A sneaky way of finding great deals, is to search for flight & Hotel packages on sites like Groupon, Travelocity, Expedia, and Priceline.

Remember that Southwest doesn’t show up on search engines and OTAs, so check directly on their website.

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