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Perhaps you’re still deciding where you want to travel this summer. The good news is you can still find plenty of summer travel deals. In fact, early June might be the best time to book your summer travels if you are a last-minute planner. This is because the first Tuesday in June is unofficially known as “Summer Travel Tuesday.”
According to Hipmunk, 90% more flights bookings happen on Summer Travel Tuesday than the median number of daily summer bookings. Approximately 70% of these flight bookings are for June and July of the same year.
Hipmunk also states that over a third of the routes are discounted at least 15%. In 2019, Summer Travel Tuesday lands on June 4.
One main reason why there are more travel bookings is that Southwest Airlines launches its annual summer fare sale. This sale lasts three days and is good for booking discount flights during the fall. You can find one-way fares for as low as $49 and round trips for $98.
For a limited time, the Southwest Airlines credit cards let you earn 60,000 bonus points instead of the standard 40,000-point bonus with the same $2,000 minimum spend in 3 months requirement. This offer ends on June 10, 2019. You will need to act fast if you want to qualify for this bonus.
Other airlines also discount their flights during this period so it is a good idea to browse around.
Tip: Use one of the best travel credit cards to earn points and miles on your summer travel deals. For instance, the Chase Sapphire Preferred earns points on all travel and dining purchases and allows you to transfer your points to use for award travel.
Discount Flight Routes for Summer Travel Deals
Some routes will have deeper discounts than others. For domestic travel, you may consider one of these top destinations for your summer travel deals:
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- Las Vegas
Summer travel deals can be found between other cities. One of the best routes, according to Hipmunk, is between Houston and San Diego with a potential savings of 49% on Summer Travel Tuesday.
If you’re wanting to fly to Europe, some of the best destinations can be London, Paris, and Madrid. If you wish to stay within North America, some of the best summer travel deals are for Vancouver or Cancun.
Whether you want to pay with cash or points, finding summer travel deals is still possible for June, July, and August. You may have the best chances by booking as close to Summer Travel Tuesday (June 4, 2019) as possible before the flash sales disappear.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
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- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
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