I really appreciate sites that seek out, find and share great airfare deals.
Years back, the main site I found deals from was Airfare Watchdog through their Twitter account. Over the past bunch of years most would agree that the king of airfare deal sites would be The Flight Deal.
More recently, Secret Flying and Airfare Spot have shared deals.
With my school schedule, it can be challenging to take advantage of great fares but when sites post about summer travel deals, they definitely catch my attention.
With summer fast approaching, I’ve been thinking about where the Michael W Travels family should go. I’m thinking that we’ll do a short trip when the school year ends and then a much longer trip a couple of weeks later.
When airfare deals are tagged with summer travel, I’ll definitely check out those deals over others. However, in my opinion, one site likes to flag deals as summer when they’re not. I know this frustrates me a bit so I’m sure it must do the same for some of you.
Airfare Spot likes to post deals for late May into early to mid-June and call that summer availability.
I’m sorry but that is not the summer travel season.
Summer starts on June 21 this year. If a bargain flight needs to be taken before that date how is it summer travel???
Another thing I wondered was if I travel from my home destination before summer to a country where they are in the summer season, is that summer travel? I think it could be argued both ways.
When I pointed out (in a tweet) to Airfare Spot that end of May, beginning of June is not summer, they replied that “June is considered summer month in the northern hemisphere, even though the cal. summer starts on the June 20th. Still warm”
I then countered that it isn’t summer in NY and Europe. (The deal I was commenting on originated from NYC and went to Iceland and Switzerland.)
Airfare Spot then responded that “The summer months in Europe are June, July and August – Northern Hemisphere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer“.
I understand that the exact dates and months for summer vary by country but I feel that a deal listed for summer travel should mean summer in the country where you are flying from…
I also searched Google to clarify the dates for summer:
I responded to Airfare Spot’s tweet by saying that “it could be argued either way for sure but anyone in NY will prob agree an airfare deal at end May is not summer“.
Airfare Spot’s final response was “There are dates at the beginning and mid of June. End of May are 29-31, which are basically June. Thanks for conversation“.
I’m sorry if I annoyed you Airfare Spot, but deals with dates like the ones mentioned above are not summertime. It’s SPRING!!! My guess is that a deal with summer availability gets more clicks so it makes sense to list deals this way.
What do you think? Does summer travel include the end of May until mid-June?