Lock In a Great Deal on a Fall Vacation

Prices will be lower, and you’ll encounter fewer crowds and milder weather.

People walk on a long bridge over fall foliage.
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The number of people traveling this summer is the highest since before the pandemic, and airlines and hotels are raising prices to match the demand. But you can find deals on flights and lodging toward the end of August and heading into the fall, especially if you travel domestically. Domestic airfares are expected to drop 6% from July to August and continue to drop throughout the shoulder season, according to the travel site Hopper.

But thanks to high demand and fewer seats on international routes, international airfares are at the highest levels in at least five years, according to Hopper. Airfares to Europe are 24% higher than before the pandemic, on average, and flights to Asia are 60% higher than they were pre-pandemic, according to Hopper.

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Emma Patch
Staff Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Emma Patch joined Kiplinger in 2020. She previously interned for Kiplinger's Retirement Report and before that, for a boutique investment firm in New York City. She served as editor-at-large and features editor for Middlebury College's student newspaper, The Campus. She specializes in travel, student debt and a number of other personal finance topics. Born in London, Emma grew up in Connecticut and now lives in Washington, D.C.