Labor Day Flights Cheapest in Four Years

August 16, 2018

Good news if you are planning on a Labor Day trip by air.  Flights for the unofficial ending of summer are expected to be the cheapest in four years. On average, domestic airfare prices around Labor Day weekend are expected to be around $255 this year. In 2015, domestic airfare for that weekend averaged $294.  Experts say airlines are able to keep fares low, even though fuel prices are going up, is increased competition from low coast airlines and by getting revenue from fees. Before you book, make sure there isn't a fee for a carry-on bag, printing a ticket at the airport or even selecting a seat.  Some carriers offer a price break if you disclose your intent of checking bag during the booking process. For example, Allegiant Air charges $22 per bag if you inform them during the booking process vs. $45 if you check a bag at the airport. Before deciding to pay more for an assigned seat, do some research. SeatGuru.com is a great site that gives you reviews of seats.  Just plug in the airline and flight number and get a seat map of your plane and describe whether the seat reclines, how much legroom there is, whether a window is misaligned, and which seats are located near brighter and louder areas of the plane, such as the bathroom or kitchen galley. While many carriers offer in-flight entertainment, most low cost carriers charge for it or simply do not offer it.  So load up your phone and tablet with entertainment.  Finally, most airlines charge for Wi-Fi service.  Check with your credit card to see if they offer fee Wi-Fi access. For example, The US Bank FlexPerks Visa card offers 12 free Gogo internet passes each year.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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