Your Ultimate Fall Travel Guide

By KAYAK

You might know it as the season where you pumpkin-spice-all-the-things, but we know Fall as the season of epic travel experiences. While summer gets all the glory, we think autumn travel is really where it’s at. Airfare is usually cheaper to many popular destinations and you don’t have the crazy crowds that warmer weather brings. From the most popular cities for under $500 to the hottest destinations of the season, this is your guide to confidently plan the perfect fall getaway.

Some quick tips and insights

Eurotrips for every season. Not only do European cities continue to pique travelers’ interest, but airfare continues to drop as we head into autumn. This past summer, flight prices to many European cities were the cheapest they’d been in 3 years. Now, we’re seeing a similar trend for fall. Except this season, European cities are likely to be less crowded and free from summer’s heat. So if you’ve been on the fence about a European getaway, we think now’s the time to go.

Make it a Mexican getaway. Beautiful beaches, vibrant cities and affordable exchange rates make Mexico a great destination for American travelers. And while Cancun, Tulum and Cabo tend to get much of the attention, it’s Mexico City that snagged the #1 spot on our fall trending list, as well as the #3 spot for fall’s most popular destinations. We’re chalking it up to a combination of new flight routes from major US cities (Boston, New York and Chicago) and its overall bustling beauty and affordability that make this capital city the perfect destination for fall.

 

Popular Domestic Destinations Under $500 + Cheapest Fall Weekend to Go There

These are some of our most-searched-for US destinations that also happen to pack an affordable punch. Find out the best fall weekend to plan a trip — based on when you’re most likely to find a deal on airfare.

1. Las Vegas

Median airfare to Vegas this season is $209. The best fall weekend to go is the weekend of November 2nd (when airfare is also around $209).

2. Orlando

Median airfare to Orlando this season is $182. The best fall weekend to go is the weekend of September 28th (when airfare is around $162).

3. New York

Median airfare to New York this season is $216. The best fall weekend to go is the weekend of October 26th (when airfare is around $201).

4. Denver

Median airfare to Denver this season is $174. The best fall weekend to go is the weekend of November 2nd (when airfare is around $152).

5. Los Angeles

Median airfare to LA this season is $217. The best fall weekends to go are the weekends of September 14th and September 28th (when airfare is around $180).

6. Chicago

Median airfare to Chicago this season is $205. The best fall weekend to go is the weekend of September 28th (when airfare is around $210).

7. Boston

Median airfare to Boston this season is $200. The best fall weekend to go is the weekend of October 26th (when airfare is around $166).

8. San Francisco

Median airfare to San Francisco this season is $262. The best fall weekends to go are the weekends of September 28th and October 5th (when airfare is around $196).

9. Seattle

Median airfare to Seattle this season is $230. The best fall weekend to go is the weekend of November 2nd (when airfare is around $186).

10. New Orleans

Median airfare to New Orleans this season is $236. The best fall weekend to go is the weekend of September 21st (when airfare is also around $236).

 

Popular International Destinations Under $500 + Cheapest Fall Weekends to Go There

Go global in these most-searched-for international destinations. Already affordable, we’ve picked out the weekends when you’re most likely to find a great flight deal.

1. Cancun

Median airfare to Cancun this season is $319. The best fall weekend to go is the weekend of September 21st (when airfare is around $291).

2. Reykjavik

Median airfare to Reykjavik this season is $379. The best fall weekends to go are the weekends of September 21st and November 2nd (when airfare is around $279).

3. Mexico City

Median airfare to Mexico City this season is $286. The best fall weekend to go is the weekend of September 28th (when airfare is around $223).

4. Toronto

Median airfare to Toronto this season is $218. The best fall weekend to go is the weekend of November 9th (when airfare is around $190).

5. San Jose del Cabo

Median airfare to Cabo this season is $367. The best fall weekend to go is the weekend of September 28th (when airfare is around $301).

6. St. Thomas

Median airfare to St. Thomas this season is $217. The best fall weekend to go is the weekend of October 5th (when airfare is around $198).

7. Montego Bay

Median airfare to Montego Bay this season is $448. The best fall weekend to go is the weekend of September 28th (when airfare is around $386).

8. Vancouver

Median airfare to Vancouver this season is $220. The best fall weekend to go is the weekend of October 26th (when airfare is around $162).

9. Guadalajara

Median airfare to Guadalajara this season is $274. The best fall weekend to go is the weekend of October 19th (when airfare is around $241).

10. San Jose (Costa Rica)

Median airfare to San Jose this season is $369. The best fall weekend to go is the weekend of September 21st (when airfare is around $233).

 

Top Trending Global Fall Destinations

These destinations are hotter than ever for autumn. We’ve picked out the top 10 cities seeing the biggest spikes in searches for the season, when compared to last fall.

1. Mexico City, Mexico: 96% increase in interest

2. Bucharest, Romania: 89% increase in interest

3. Luqa, Malta: 86% increase in interest

4. Zagreb, Croatia: 68% increase in interest

5. Cartagena, Colombia: 59% increase in interest

6. Bali, Indonesia: 57% increase in interest

7. Sofia, Bulgaria: 57% increase in interest

8. Istanbul, Turkey: 56% increase in interest

9. Ponta Delgada (Açores), Portugal: 56% increase in interest

10. Porto, Portugal: 48% increase in interest

 

Top European Deal Destinations

This year, we’ve noticed that airfare to many cities in Europe is cheaper than ever. For Fall, these are the top destinations across the pond that have seen the biggest price drop in airfare since last fall.

1. Reykjavik, Iceland

Flight prices have dropped 24% since last year. You can expect to pay around $340 round-trip this season.

2. Venice, Italy

Flight prices have dropped 15% since last year. You can expect to pay around $689 round-trip this season.

3. Milan, Italy

Flight prices have dropped 11% since last year. You can expect to pay around $617 round-trip this season.

4. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Flight prices have dropped 10% since last year. You can expect to pay around $563 round-trip this season.

5. Vienna, Austria

Flight prices have dropped 9% since last year. You can expect to pay around $815 round-trip this season.

6. Florence, Italy

Flight prices have dropped 8% since last year. You can expect to pay around $919 round-trip this season.

7. Prague, Czech Republic

Flight prices have dropped 7% since last year. You can expect to pay around $697 round-trip this season.

8. Lisbon, Portugal

Flight prices have dropped 7% since last year. You can expect to pay around $739 round-trip this season.

9. Dublin, Ireland

Flight prices have dropped 7% since last year. You can expect to pay around $547 round-trip this season.

10. Barcelona, Spain

Flight prices have dropped 7% since last year. You can expect to pay around $584 round-trip this season.

 

Methodology
Popular Destinations Under $500

KAYAK pulled the most popular destinations (defined as destinations with the most clicks) with median airfare under $500 based on all economy, round trip flights from the US with search dates of January 1, 2018 through August 21, 2018 and travel dates of September 7, 2018 through November 16, 2018. All searches were pulled from KAYAK’s internal database. For the top 10 domestic destinations and top 10 international destinations resulting from the popular destination data, KAYAK pulled the cheapest weekend (defined as Friday through Sunday) for each destination for the defined search and travel dates.

Top Trending Global Fall Destinations

KAYAK pulled the top international destinations from the top 300 most searched destinations with the greatest year over year increase in searches for search dates of January 1, 2018 through August 21, 2018 and travel dates of September 7, 2018 through November 16, 2018. All flights considered were round trip, economy from KAYAK US.

Top European Deal Destinations

KAYAK pulled the top deal destinations in Europe with the greatest year over year decrease in median airfare for search dates of January 1, 2018 through August 21, 2018 and travel dates of September 7, 2018 through November 16, 2018. All flights considered were round trip, economy from KAYAK US.

 

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