I am planning a solo trip to the Netherlands to see art museums, monuments, and so on, (I am open to seeing Belgium or towns outside the Netherlands if the Netherlands alone can’t occupy me for 10 days to 2 weeks) sometime in 2019, not earlier than the last week of June.
I want to request no more than 10 weekdays off of work. I prefer flights that leave on a Friday night or a Saturday and that return on a Saturday, but I could probably be persuaded to leave at other times if the costs are much cheaper at other times. My first thought was to travel so that my trip includes U.S.A independence day (July 4th) and July 5th, because my organization will be closed on these 2 days. But it seems that flights are significantly cheaper in October. For example, for me starting in Detroit, traveling for about 14 nights, starting the second to last or last weekend in June, there are non-appealing flight plans involving one stop, flying from Detroit to Toronto & Toronto to Amsterdam, which cost about $989 U.S. dollars and take about 11 hours, 45 minutes, not including ground transportation and waiting at the airport. The appealing flights leaving on on the second to last or last weekend in June, on a Friday night or Saturday, are sold by Delta, have no stops, and cost about $1,904. By leaving and on the last Tuesday of June at 10:42pm and returning on a Tuesday, the cost for a non-stop flight on Delta drops to $1,083.
By traveling from the first to the third Saturday in October, the price for the non-stop Delta flight drops to $759. Traveling from the third Saturday in October to the first Saturday in November, the cost for the same Delta flight drops to $444.
(This is the question this whole post is about!): Is it worth me putting my trip off until October to save money?
(My total trip budget is under $3,500, but I don’t like to spend more money than necessary, but I also will not travel in a stupidly cheap manner just to save money. For comparison, this year I paid under $1,486 U.S. dollars for plane tickets to Athens, Greece, round trip, the last Saturday in September to the 2nd Saturday in October).
Google flights is where I got my information but I know that there are many other websites listing airline ticket prices.