Spring Break Cheat Sheet 2018 - Hopper Research

Spring Break Cheat Sheet 2018

Patrick
By Patrick Surry
Posted Feb 15, 2018


Finding great travel deals during peak spring break season isn't easy. So Hopper did it for you. Our data science team analyzed billions of prices and flight search data for spring break to offer expert tips and tricks to maximize your savings.


Figure 1: Map of current good deal prices for top spring break destinations. The color indicates the price and the size of circle indicates popularity.


Domestic spring break getaways are currently averaging about $333 roundtrip. International spring break getaways are currently averaging about $841 roundtrip.

If you have flexibility, here are some ways to save big this spring break.

When To Fly

Do: Fly midweek. Saturday night stays will cost you 4% more ($34 savings on international trips) than weekday trips. Tuesday is the cheapest day to depart.

Don't: Depart on Friday. Friday is the most popular day to depart and, therefore, the most expensive day. Flying on Friday will cost you 20% more ($168 premium on international trips) than flying on Tuesday.

Do: Return on Friday. Although Friday is the most expensive day to depart, it's the cheapest day to return. The second cheapest option is Saturday, which will cost you 4% more than Friday.

Don't: Come back on Sunday. Returning on Sunday will cost you 10% more ($84 premium on international trips) than returning on Friday.

Do: Try to be flexible and avoid the peak season if possible. Prices spike during spring break dates by about 25%. Avoiding peak spring break dates could save you a lot of money. Even a shift of one week before/after the peak can make a huge difference. The most expensive times to travel from a U.S. airport this spring are between April 2 and April 15 (25% premium).

When To Buy

Do: Set up a trip watch on Hopper now to get alerted about when to book. If you're flexible about your dates or destination, Hopper's Flex Watch feature can monitor prices for multiple destinations or regions and wide date ranges.

Don't: Book last minute. Booking less than two weeks before departure will cost you 25% more than monitoring prices in advance. And, booking in the final days will cost you 50% more.

Do: Fly indirect. Nonstop will cost 8% more ($67 premium on international trips) than indirect flights.

Where To Go

Over 70% of Hopper's 20M users are millennials. Here are the most watched domestic and international destinations on Hopper for spring break.

Table 1: Most Watched Domestic Destinations on Hopper for Spring Break with the US Average Price for Spring Break Dates

Many travelers are watching international destinations on Hopper for spring break. International getaways can be pricey. To help you avoid the crowds and save some money, we utilized Hopper's recommendation algorithm to find alternate destinations.

Hopper's recommendation algorithm offers personalized recommendations on where to go -- what once was done by a human travel agent is now done through a machine that gets smarter each time an action is (or is not) taken.

Table 2: Most Watched International Destinations on Hopper for Spring Break with the US Average Price for Spring Break Dates. Alternate Destinations determined by Hopper's recommendation algorithm for travelers looking for a similar destination that is less popular or cheaper.

Data and Methodology

The data presented in this analysis comes from Hopper's combined feed of Global Distribution System (GDS) data sources which includes 1 trillion flight price points per month.