If you're a bargain hunter, look to the Far East.
Fares for late summer and through late fall, in many cases, are significantly less than fares to Europe. Here's a round-trip ticket on United from LAX to Beijing for $758, including all taxes and fees.
It is subject to availability and is for departures Aug. 25 to Dec. 10. You must stay at least six nights but not more than three months. Oct. 3 to 12 is blacked out.
Info: United, (800) 864-8331