Summer air travel 2022: What to know as airlines prepare for the ramp-up? how to find cheap flights, destinations

With more travelers ready to take flight this season, the Transportation Security Administration predicts a summer of record proportions.

According to the agency, it could screen more than 3 million people in one day with the high summer demand.

Plane tickets, ticket prices are soaring

Scott Keyes, who dedicates his life to helping travelers find cheap flights with his brand, Scott’s Cheap Flights, said “hello america” that “It’s not just your imagination – summer flights right now are indeed extraordinarily expensive.”

His proposal? Book as soon as possible.

“Don’t wait to book your flights until the very last minute, because last minute flights are usually going to get more expensive, not cheaper,” he said.

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A family said their recent cross-country trip to California was astronomical compared to years past.

“Flight [to] the San Francisco for us would typically be around $1,600. And it was about $2,800,” Karen Brennan told “Good Morning America.”

Brennan said she saved up and paid for the flights, “but then all the hotels and everything else that would normally be in our usual budget just got added to it.”

According to experts, the July 4 holiday is the most expensive summer weekend to fly with domestic airfares averaging $412.

When to find cheaper summer deals

Waiting until the end of summer can save travellers. Hayley Berg, an economist for the flight savings and booking app Hopper, told “GMA.”

“If you’re willing to wait until the end of August to take your summer vacation. You can save up to $118 on domestic airfare and over $100 on a three-night stay at the hotel,” she said.

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Destinations that don’t break the bank

Berg also said some of the most expensive stays include Seattle, San Diego and Portland. But some cheaper places include Houston, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale.

Other saving tips

For families, try to book one ticket at a time, rather than all together, Keyes suggested.

“A few months ago we had a flight from Portland to New York, and we were looking for four tickets. And those tickets came in at $187 per person,” Keyes said. “When I reduced it to one ticket, all of a sudden the price went down to $113 per person.”

Keyes said what happens is “the airline will only sell you four tickets if they’re in the same ‘fare bucket’–so maybe they only had three tickets available at that fare of $113. And so looking for four tickets, I was bumped up to $187.”

Another money-saving option is to try researching one-way fares. While one airline may have a good offer for your departure, another airline may have a good option for the return flight. Once you’ve booked, travelers can periodically go back and check the current price of the flight, so if it drops, you can call the airline and ask for a credit.

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