Up to 40% price drop to popular sunny vacation spots for Canadians


Published February 28, 2024 at 3:10 pm

Cheap travel for spring

Flights to popular vacation spots have seen price decreases by as much as 40 per cent compared to this time last year.

The price declines year-over-year are noted in the latest report from travel search engine Kayak.

Just ahead of March Break, a typically busy time for travel, Kayak found the top five places with the biggest price drops. All five destinations have seen year-over-year airfare price drops, according to Kayak.

Here are the top five “deal destinations” from Kayak:

  • Tampa, Florida (40 per cent price decline). Located along Florida’s Gulf Coast, it’s close to Busch Gardens and driving distance to Walt Disney World in Orlando.
  • Bridgetown, Barbados (38 per cent price decline). This port city is on the island’s southwest coast and home to six, nearby shipwreck dive sites.
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (37 per cent price decline). One of the Caribbean’s oldest cities, this city has buildings that date to the 1500s.
  • Medellin, Colombia (36 per cent price decline). This city is known for its famous annual Flower Festival held in early August.
  • Cancún, Mexico (33 per cent price decline). Close to beautiful beaches and numerous resorts, this remains a popular spot for Canadian travellers.

Kayak also found there is a 14 per cent increase in flight searches compared to last year. And four out of five of the cities are in Asia.

Here are the top five destinations people are searching for:

  • Shanghai, China
  • Hong Kong
  • Incheon, South Korea
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Taipei City, Taiwan

The data is based on flight searches made on Kayak between Dec. 1, 2023 and Jan. 19, 2024 for travel dates between Feb. 16 and April 2, 2024, compared to searches made between Dec. 1, 2022 and Jan. 19, 2023 for travel dates between Feb. 17 and April 4, 2023.

This could be a good time to take a trip, if you can afford it.

Overall, airfare prices are down more than 14 per cent in January 2024 compared to 2023, according to new data from Statistics Canada. However, the price of a ticket remained 10 per cent above 2019 levels, reflecting aviation’s higher costs and slightly lower capacity in a post-pandemic world.

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