Fourth of July 2019: When to Fly & Buy

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is quickly approaching, and many travelers are planning to take advantage of the holiday to take a long weekend getaway!

Hayley Berg - Jun. 6, 2019

Summary

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is quickly approaching, and many travelers are planning to take advantage of the holiday to take a long weekend getaway!

  • Prices for holiday weekend trips in the US are -3.3% less expensive than last year, currently averaging $298 for a round-trip ticket.

  • Fun, big city getaways are on the calendar, with New Orleans, Las Vegas and Los Angeles topping Hopper’s ranking of the most watched domestic destinations for the 4th of July holiday weekend.

  • International getaways will cost travelers a bit more, around $894 for a round -trip ticket, but prices are -8.7% less expensive compared to 2018.

  • Travelers are pulling out their passports for the holiday weekend, with San Jose del Cabo, Montreal and The Bahamas topping Hopper’s list of most watched international destinations this Fourth of July.

  • If you haven’t booked yet, be sure to purchase by Thursday, June 20th.  Expect a moderate price increase of $4 per day until the 20th.  In the final 2 weeks before Fourth of July expect prices to begin spiking $9 per day until the holiday weekend begins.

Summer Profile

Fourth of July Airfare Summary

Summer travel season has arrived, and with the Fourth of July falling on a Thursday this year many travelers are getting away over the extended holiday weekend. This year, more than 12.25 million passengers are scheduled to depart from domestic airports over the Fourth of July weekend. Most travelers (~10.3 million) are staying in the US, while some (~1.9 million)  are taking advantage of low international prices and heading out of the country.

Current average prices for domestic and international round-trip tickets with a United States origin for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Fourth of July Airfare Summary
Table 1: Current average prices for domestic and international round-trip tickets with a United States origin for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

When to Buy

If you haven’t booked yet, be sure to purchase by Thursday, June 20th.  Expect a moderate price increase of $4 per day until the 20th.  In the final 2 weeks before Fourth of July expect prices to begin spiking $9 per day until the holiday weekend begins.

Fourth of July - When To Buy
Figure 1: As the Fourth of July nears, prices for long weekend getaways will begin to rise as can be seen on analogous dates last year.

When to Fly

For domestic trips, travelers can save the most by departing on Thursday, July 4th. However, Thursday is actually the most expensive day to depart for an international trip. Travelers can save on international getaways by departing on Saturday, July 6th.

Fourth of July - When To Fly
Figure 2: Round-trip domestic flights will be cheapest on the Fourth of July while international flight prices peak on the holiday and fall until Saturday.

Trending Destinations

Top 10 most watched destinations for a Fourth of July holiday weekend getaway on Hopper

Fourth of July Most Watched Destinations
Top 10 most watched destinations for a Fourth of July holiday weekend getaway on Hopper.

Last Minute Deals

It’s not too late to snag a deal on a domestic or international long weekend getaway!

Domestic Destinations

Round-trip flights to these trending destinations are below the Fourth of July Weekend average ticket price for a domestic trip.

Fourth of July - Domestic Deals
Trending destinations have higher search demand than in 2018 and lower than average prices for a round trip ticket departing July 4th, 2019.

International Destinations:

Grab your passport and get away! Round-trip flights to these trending destinations are below the Fourth of July Weekend average round-trip ticket price for an international trip.

Fourth of July - International Deals
Trending destinations have higher search demand than in 2018 and lower than average prices for a round trip ticket departing July 4th, 2019.

Methodology

The data utilized for this study comes from Hopper's real-time "shadow traffic" containing the results of consumer airfare searches. Hopper collects, from several Global Distribution System partners, 25 to 30 billion airfare price quotes every day from searches happening all across the web. Demand is represented as the number of queries not actual ticket purchases. Good deal prices are represented by the 10th percentile prices which represents what a leisure traveler should expect to pay for an good deal on an economy class ticket.

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