As most of the East Coast grapples with bomb cyclones and polar vortexes, it seems pretty clear that winter is wasting no time in 2018. Can you really stand numb hands and double thermals through late March, possibly even April? Do yourself a favor and plan a warm weather getaway. And with fares as low as they tend to be this time of year, you’d be crazy not to get out of town, if only for a long weekend.
1. New York to Antigua $265 round-trip, nonstop
The average January temperature for Antigua? 76F, and that’s at its coldest. Tickets to Antigua aren’t always so cheap, but JetBlue often has reasonable sales from most East Coast cities.
2. Providence to Fort-de-France $178 round-trip, nonstop
Don’t forget that Norwegian also flies to two Caribbean destinations, Martinique and Guadeloupe. These fares tend to be reliably inexpensive, even after including baggage fees.
3. Atlanta to Los Angeles $194 round-trip
You can always count on Los Angeles to be warm and sunny throughout the year, May Gray and June Gloom excluded, of course. Fares from the East Coast to Los Angeles tend to be at their lowest when you need them most, in the dead of winter. Lower fares available for these same dates in Basic Economy.
4. Chicago to Cancun $224 round-trip, nonstop
Depending on your departure city, Cancun is a safe bet for a cheap winter break, especially from cities like Chicago and New York.
5. Baltimore to Miami $135 round-trip, nonstop
Even for last minute travel, fares to Miami tend to be pretty affordable from most hub cities, and it’s always warm enough for a January swim.
6. Philadelphia to New Orleans $135 round-trip, nonstop
A quick flight from the Northeast, with low fares to match. Lower fares are available for these same dates in Basic Economy.
7. New York to Bridgetown, Barbados $271 round-trip, nonstop
Barbados isn’t exactly known for being budget, but it’s definitely possible to find an inexpensive flight this time of year, again thanks to JetBlue’s frequent sales.
8. Boston to San Diego $252 round-trip, nonstop
Coast to coast for under $300 nonstop? Yes, please. Generally, fares from the East Coast to San Diego are a smidge higher than, say, Los Angeles or San Francisco. But again, in this magical post-holiday dead zone, anything is possible. Take advantage!
9. Chicago to Mexico City $247 round-trip, nonstop
Not quite a beachy paradise, but you’ll still find comfortable t-shirt temps and plenty to see and do (and eat) in Mexico City. Best of all, flights are cheap from much of the US.
10. Washington DC to Cartagena $291 round-trip
The current temperature in Cartagena is 86F. Meanwhile in DC, the temperature is expected to drop to 10F. Still need convincing? This route is currently on sale via JetBlue.