Flight Prices Expected to Drop for the Next Three Months

Meghan Coyle
By Meghan Coyle 
Edited by Mary M. Flory

Many or all of the products featured here are from our partners who compensate us. This influences which products we write about and where and how the product appears on a page. However, this does not influence our evaluations. Our opinions are our own. Here is a list of our partners and here's how we make money.


Scoring a cheap flight is all about knowing when to pounce. Do you risk waiting to see if prices will drop? If you've waited until July to purchase a flight, the travel app Hopper has good news for you: It predicted a 6.9% drop in domestic airfares this month compared to June. There are even bigger savings on the horizon for certain destinations.

Here’s what Hopper says about what you should expect to pay for plane tickets and how you can take action with this knowledge:

Falling flight prices through October

This month, the cost of domestic flights is expected to average around $222 round-trip. That’s down from June, and Hopper predicts that it will go lower as fall approaches. In August, the average round-trip domestic ticket is expected to fall to $209 and stay around $208 for September and October. That’s in spite of recent rising jet fuel prices.

These predictions are based on trends in the market. Put this knowledge to use by setting flight alerts on Hopper, Google Flights, or Kayak to receive notifications when your preferred flight dips to a good price. Depending on how long you’re willing to gamble with the cost, you might be waiting a month or two before buying.

Domestic destinations to watch in July

Hopper expected flights to the following destinations to plunge this month. If you're planning a trip to any of these places, see whether current flight prices fit your budget — or plan to use points from a travel rewards card.

  • Dallas: estimated 35% price drop.

  • Boston: estimated 33% price drop.

  • Lihue, Hawaii: estimated 32% price drop.

  • Milwaukee: estimated 31% price drop.

  • St. Louis: estimated 30% price drop.

International destinations to watch in July

The savings aren’t limited to U.S. locales. Flight prices were expected to drop by as much as 40% this month to these international spots:

  • Athens, Greece: estimated 40% price drop.

  • Rome: estimated 37% price drop.

  • Manchester, United Kingdom: estimated 36% price drop.

  • Panama City, Panama: estimated 34% price drop.

  • Lisbon: estimated 33% price drop.

You can keep track of falling prices by setting your own alerts and checking out some of our weekly travel deals. If your destination is flexible, look into email newsletters or social media accounts that track rare deals, like Scott’s Cheap Flights or Airfare Watchdog.

The bottom line

Hopper predicts that the price drop of flights that began in July will continue into October. If you’re eyeing a trip but current fares are higher than you're comfortable with, hold your money or points until the price drops further. To put Hopper's data into practice, be proactive about setting your own price drop alerts for the flights you want.

Travel Cards from Our Partners
Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card

on Chase's website

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
NerdWallet Rating
Rewards rate


5x on travel purchased through Chase Travel℠, 3x on dining, select streaming services and online groceries, 2x on all other travel purchases, 1x on all other purchases.


Intro offer


Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Travel℠.

Chase Freedom Unlimited Credit Card

on Chase's website

Chase Freedom Unlimited®
NerdWallet Rating
Rewards rate


Enjoy 5% cash back on travel purchased through Chase Travel, 3% cash back on drugstore purchases and dining at restaurants, including takeout and eligible delivery service, and unlimited 1.5% cash back on all other purchases.


Intro offer

Up to $300

Earn an additional 1.5% cash back on everything you buy (on up to $20,000 spent in the first year) - worth up to $300 cash back!

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card

on Capital One's website

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
NerdWallet Rating
Rewards rate


Earn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase, every day. Earn 5X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of trip options.


Intro offer


Enjoy a one-time bonus of 75,000 miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel.

See more travel cards
Get more smart money moves – straight to your inbox
Sign up and we’ll send you Nerdy articles about the money topics that matter most to you along with other ways to help you get more from your money.