Spring break in the US can be anytime between February and April depending on what year of school or college you are in and what part of the country you live in. Hopper looked at February to April travel to popular warm spring break destinations (Figure 1), to identify a list of travel tips for the price conscious. We used regression modeling on over 100 million shops from all US origins to these destinations to analyze how different factors interacted to affect prices.
Figure 1: Warm weather US and Caribbean destinations
Our data shows that prices are about 30% higher for flying from a typical US origin to these destinations during the most popular spring break weeks. However, if you want to save money, when you book your ticket and when you travel can matter a lot.
To get the best price for your spring break trip make sure you:
For most destinations booking a multi stop vs. non stop flight offered little additional saving. Surprisingly including a Saturday night stay, which often has a large impact on price, did not offer additional savings to these destinations.
If you have to travel during the week of March 16 or 23rd the subset of destinations shown below tend to offer the best deal for your money, though prices will vary from specific origins.
To find the best deal use Hopper’s interactive flight price map, which will show you prices to destinations around the world for an origin that you select. An example for travel from NY is shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Hopper interactive price and popularity map for travel from JFK airport in New York
You can also find details for individual origin-destination markets, including popularity and deal prices for specific dates, here.
The data presented in this analysis comes from Hopper’s combined feed of Global Distribution System (GDS) data sources which includes about 10 million queries and 1 billion trips per day. Demand is represented as the number of queries not actual ticket purchases, and is calibrated across all GDS sources for each market. Lowest fare, or deal fare, is represented by the 10th percentile prices. For example if the 10th percentile price is $800 dollars it means that only 10% of trips are priced at or below this price.