It looks like it’s time to book a trip.

Thanks to falling fuel prices, U.S. plane tickets this autumn should be 3.6 percent cheaper than at the same time in 2014, and 8.1 percent cheaper than in 2013, according to airline research company

Screenshot 2015-08-05 23.56.14In fact, average prices for plane tickets have likely already peaked for the year, in June, at $276.

It’s all downhill now, which is great news for anyone looking to book a trip. As the Huffington Post pointed out, this means “a trip that costs $629 if you leave tomorrow could cost just $206 if you depart at the end of August.

Here’s what the average airfare will likely cost for the rest of the year: 

Screenshot 2015-08-06 00.03.53Of course, it’s possible to imagine a world in which fares are even cheaper. Fuel prices have actually dropped 30 percent, according to the Los Angeles Times, and data scientist Tyler Hanson told the paper travelers aren’t seeing all of those savings passed onto them.

“They are not passing everything on to consumers,” Hanson said. “They are keeping some for profit.”

Still, it’s hard not to be at least a little excited about the possibility of less expensive flights and the travel possibilities they open up.

— Jim Dalrymple II


Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Urbanism and travel writer. Also a journalist covering the news.

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