Airlines are bracing for a fall travel season with fewer business travelers after a lucrative summer.Airfares from September to November are expected to be lower than normal as a result.But holiday travel will likely be priced similarly to last year’s levels as leisure demand rebounds.10 Things in Tech: Get the latest tech trends & innovations Travelers who missed the bargain basement pricing of pandemic airfares have another opportunity to get deals on flights this fall.
As the summer comes to a close and leisure travelers hibernate for the fall, airlines are facing a shortage of business travelers that would normally help fill the gap until the Thanksgiving or Christmas travel season.Big corporate spenders including Google are still keeping employees at home and largely holding off on expending travel budgets as the Delta variant plagues the US .
Airfares this season, as a result, are expected to be lower than fall 2019 levels as airlines entice leisure flyers to get back in the air during their off-season.
September may be the cheapest season of the fall, according to the travel data company Hopper.
Airfares are estimated to drop 10% into September with the average round-trip flight costing $260 for domestic travel.
Holiday travel may not be as good of a bargain this year, however, as Hopper expects airfares to rise 11% from September levels into December.Average round-trip airfares are expected to be $289 as a result.
“This would make domestic airfare over the holiday season equivalent to summer airfare, similar to what we saw in 2019 and 2020,” Hopper told Insider.
Holiday travel spiked in 2020 despite pleas from public health officials about a second wave, with airlines likely estimating similar demand this year..