Don’t Believe Everything You’ve Heard About Flight Prices This Summer

Flight prices are actually down 10% compared to last year.

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Sean Pavone/Shutterstock
Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

You might have heard that flights are very expensive these days-and don’t get me wrong, that’s true. The thing is, they aren’t getting more expensive; the opposite is actually true. According to Going, prices for flights have dropped eight times in the last 11 months, and are actually an average of 10% cheaper compared to this time last year, when flights were at their peak prices. The news comes as air travel has officially returned. The first quarter of 2023 saw more people on planes compared to the same time period in 2019.

Certainly, if you’re clicking around looking for flights right now for summer travel, the news of cheaper flights might feel like misinformation. It’s not, you’re just a procrastinator facing the consequences of booking too late in the game. If you look at a late summer booking, instead, there are plenty of bargains to be had.

“If getting a deal is your overall goal this summer, consider the last two weeks of August. Not all schools follow the same calendar so fewer people look to travel, versus the middle of July when schools are certainly still out of session,” a representative from Going tells Thrillist. “Example: If you’re looking to fly from Chicago to Aruba this summer with the family, right now in July tickets mid-month are over $800 each, but if you look at the last week of August, they are $494 – 40% less.”

This resurgence of travel has also seen seen one particular region emerge as a favorite for American travelers: Europe. Everyone is headed to the continent, and international ticket sales are outpacing domestic tickets by 10%. The most popular destinations this summer include the United Kingdom, Italy, and Spain. Just be prepared for crowds; some popular destinations are already having to install new rules and measures to deal with the sheer volume of visitors.

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Opheli Garcia Lawler is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @opheligarcia and Instagram @opheligarcia.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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