Fourth of July: Busiest Airports & Last-Minute Deals

Patrick Surry - Jun. 20, 2018

Summary:

  • The average good deal price for domestic travel is currently about $388 round-trip. Domestic flights for Fourth of July are currently about 16% cheaper than last year.

  • Now that we're in the final two weeks, expect prices to begin to spiking by $6 per day for each day you wait to book.

  • The most expensive day to depart is the most popular one -- Friday, June 29th -- averaging about $374 round-trip. If your travel plans are flexible, you can save the most money by leaving on Tuesday, June 26 and returning Thursday, July 5.

  • The airlines have over 14 million seats scheduled to depart from domestic airports for the four busiest travel days between Friday, June 29 through Monday, July 2nd.

  • Friday is the busiest air travel day with 3.7M seats scheduled. The busiest time of day varies by airport, but you'll typically find the longest lines in the morning, from 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.

  • Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago (ORD), New York (JFK) and Dallas (DFW) will be the busiest airports this Fourth of July.

When To Buy

The average good deal price for domestic travel is currently about $388 round-trip. Domestic flights for Fourth of July are currently about 16% cheaper than last year. Now that we're in the final two weeks, expect prices to begin to spiking by $6 per day for each day you wait to book.

This year, most people are traveling for 4th of July the first half of the week, with interest in departing on Friday, June 29th 40% higher than the average demand (for both domestic and international trips).

Figure 1: Fourth of July Domestic Flight Prices

When To Fly

The most expensive day to depart is the most popular one -- Friday, June 29th -- averaging about $374 round-trip. If your travel plans are flexible, you can save the most money by leaving on Tuesday, June 26 and returning Thursday, July 5.

The airlines have over 14 million seats scheduled to depart from domestic airports for the four busiest travel days between Friday, June 29 through Monday, July 2nd. As we mentioned, Friday is the busiest air travel day with 3.7M seats scheduled.

Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago (ORD), New York (JFK) and Dallas (DFW) will be the busiest airports this Fourth of July. The busiest time of day varies by airport, but you'll typically find the longest lines in the morning, from 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Table 1: The 25 Busiest Airports for Fourth of July weekend, based on departing passengers

Long lines could be a feature of July 4th travel. We looked at how the relative passenger volume varies throughout a typical day that weekend for major airports. We've highlighted the business time of day at each airport, which is typically either mid morning or during the evening rush.

Figure 2: When to expect long lines at your airport for Fourth of July weekend

Last-Minute Bargains

The top domestic destinations this Fourth of July include Los Angeles ($353 round-trip), New York ($351 round-trip), Las Vegas ($297 round-trip), Chicago ($304 round-trip), and Dallas ($337 round-trip).

Table 2: Most Popular Destinations

If you're looking for some last-minute bargains, there are several beach destinations available for under $300 round-trip.

Table 3: Top Last-Minute Bargains Under $300 round-trip

Methodology

The data presented in this analysis comes from Hopper’s combined feed of Global Distribution System (GDS) data sources which includes 10 to 15 billion airfare price quotes every day. Demand is represented as the number of queries not actual ticket purchases, and is calibrated across all GDS sources for each market. Demand is a leading indicator of purchases.

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