Late August Is The Best Time To Buy Airline Tickets, Data Shows | NBC Nightly News


OF DOLLARS. NBC’S TOM COSTELLO HAS THE DETAILS.>>Reporter: HIGH SEASON FOR SUMMER TRAVEL AND THE NATION’S AIRPORTS AND ROADS ARE FILLED TO CAPACITY. IN ATLANTA, THIS FAMILY PUT A DAUGHTER ON A FLIGHT TO RICHMOND TODAY. IF ONLY THEY COULD ALL VACATION IN SEPTEMBER, THEY COULD SAVE A LOT OF MONEY.>>I WOULD LOVE TO TRAVEL IN THE FALL. THE WEATHER’S NICE. IT WOULD BE A GREAT TIME TO GO TRAVEL. BUT WITH THE KIDS GETTING BACK TO SCHOOL AND EVERYTHING, IT’S JUST NOT VERY PRACTICAL.>>Reporter: IT TURNS OUTS THE END OF AUGUST BRINGS SO-CALLED MAGIC DATES WHEN AIRFARES GENERALLY DROP.>>GENERALLY DEMAND FOR TRAVEL IS LOWER. YOU’VE GOT KIDS GOING BACK TO SCHOOL, BUSINESS TRAVEL TENDS TO SLOW DOWN SLIGHTLY.>>Reporter: AUGUST 21st IS WHEN TRANSATLANTIC TICKETS GET CHEAPER. AUGUST 22nd U.S. FARES GO DOWN. ROUND TRIP, DENVER TO ORLANDO, WILL COST YOU $255 ON AUGUST 18th. ABOUT $157 SEVEN DAYS LATER. L.A.X. TO ATLANTA, $330 ON AUGUST 14th, $278 ON AUGUST 31st. MEANWHILE, FAMILIES HITTING THE ROAD ARE ALREADY ENJOYING SOME OF THE CHEAPEST GAS PRICES IN 12 YEARS. ON AVERAGE, SAVING $22 A TANK, COMPARED TO JUST THREE YEARS AGO.>>GAS PRICES ARE LOW. IN FACT, 35 STATES YOU CAN FIND GAS PRICES UNDER $2 A GALLON.>>UNDER TWO BUCKS?>>$1.99 OR LESS.>>Reporter: GAS COULD GO EVEN LOWER THIS FALL WITH CHEAPER WINTER GAS AT THE PUMP. WHETHER ON THE ROAD OR IN THE AIR, SOME OF THE BIGGEST SAVINGS OF THE YEAR COULD BE JUST A MONTH OR TWO AWAY. BUT ONLY IF YOU CAN

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