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Here Are the Most Expensive Days to Fly in 2018

Reader's Digest logo Reader's Digest 1/13/2018 Brooke Nelson
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It’s never too early to start planning your next vacation. (Yes, we know it’s January.) But a strict travel budget can put a damper on your best-laid plans. Thankfully, you don’t have to sacrifice experiences for expenses, or vice versa. In addition to these proven tricks to travel cheap, knowing when to not to fly can be a superb money-saver.

You don’t have to travel far to find this info, either. New data from airfare analysis site Fare Compare gives fliers an inside scoop on the travel dates to avoid this year. On the flip side, here are the exact dates to book the cheapest flights in 2018.

Fortunately for jet-setters looking to escape the chilly weather, it will be super cheap to travel between Jan. 9 until the end of March. There are some exceptions, though. Try to avoid booking a trip over the weekends of February 15 to 17, as well as March 10 to 11. Both are popular travel dates, thanks to President’s Day and academic spring breaks.

You might want to rethink your beach vacation, too. The rush of summer travelers will boost airfare prices between June 22 and August 27. As for travelers planning a European getaway, consider waiting to fly out until September 9, when fares drop significantly.

Now that you’re clued in on the best prices, you have a great excuse to book your dream vacation. We recommend these epic cities that will be surprisingly affordable this year.

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