Ready or not, spring break is going to come up fast. The best way to get a good deal on spring break tickets? Start planning early! The best time to book spring break tickets varies based on where you want to go, but typically, the earlier the better! Check your calendar for next semester right now (or as soon as you can) and start thinking about where you want to go. The sooner you start planning, the more options you’ll have for cheap flights (and cheap accommodations).
Ready for our recommendations for the best time to book spring break flights? Just keep scrolling. We’ve sorted by region, so you can see the cheapest time to buy depending on where you wanna go.
Pro tip: Most people leave for spring break on Friday or Saturday, but the cheapest day to fly out for spring break is Monday! If you want to save some cash, you can sometimes save up to $100 just by leaving on a different day of the week. Give yourself a weekend at school to sleep, catch up on homework or explore a nearby city before departing for your adventures.
Spring Break Travel Deals in the US
Don’t let a short spring break stop you from getting away. Did you know that the majority of our most popular spring break destinations are actually in the US? Explore a new city with a trip to New York or Seattle, or plan a beach trip with your besties and head to Miami, Los Angeles or Orlando. Tickets for spring break flights in the US are lowest between December and February, although they may start dropping as early as mid-fall. Best advice? Plan ahead if you can. Start making spring break plans over your winter break, or as soon as you get your schedule for spring. Watch for the lowest prices in late January!
Takeaway: Book your domestic spring break tickets during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales or over your winter break.
Spring Break Travel Deals in Europe
Spring break may be short, but anytime is a good time for Europe, right? The weather in many places in Europe is mild and many cities will be way less crowded. Another plus for Europe? Prices stay low and steady pretty much all fall and even into January. The bad news is that once mid- to late-January arrives, those Europe prices jump up fast. The average ticket price in mid-February is sometimes over $300 more than it was in December. With Europe, it pays to plan ahead and get a great deal. Luckily for you, our best sales of the year are usually on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which is about the same time spring break tickets to Europe are at their lowest.
Takeaway: The best time to book spring break flights to Europe is during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales or over your winter break. Prices tend to jump in late January.
Spring Break Beach Deals
Who doesn’t want a spring break at the beach? Hop on over to Cancun, San Juan or really anywhere in the Caribbean. The best news? Unlike other spring break destinations, fares to Mexico and the Caribbean tend to hold steady longer—meaning it’s the perfect destination if you need a trip last-minute. If you’re planning a Caribbean trip, be patient! Although prices stay low all fall, prices tend to drop in January, so don’t book too soon. You’ll find the best prices at the beginning of the spring semester.
Takeaway: Mexico and the Caribbean can be ideal destinations for last-minute spring break tickets. Book in late January for the best deals.
Should you only buy tickets on Tuesday? When is the best day of the week to book flights? What’s the cheapest time to get plane tickets to Europe?
There’s a lot of general advice floating around the Internet, but not all of it applies to our website! StudentUniverse has exclusive contracts with airline partners which not only allows us to offer you special pricing, but also means our price trends will vary compared to other booking sites. For example, booking date and time don’t make a huge difference in pricing on StudentUniverse. Feel free to book on Tuesday morning, Friday at midnight or Sunday afternoon. We’ve got great prices all the time.
If you’re looking for the cheapest flights possible, our best advice is to start looking early and be flexible! We really can’t emphasize this enough! If you are flexible with what days you want to fly, or even with where you want to go, you are much more likely to get a good deal. In addition, if you start looking early, you’ll be able to see when a cheap flight comes up and buy it before it sells out.