This spring is bringing us plenty of new flight options to choose from. Today's top 10 airfare picks include many markets that have seen recent or have upcoming new service, and are priced low due to the increased competition.
Today's Top Airfare Picks
Some of these routes have seen dramatic price drops since new service has been introduced. Take advantage of these great fares while they are still around. Once the market adjusts, fares tend to rise.
Fly nonstop from Boston to Minneapolis/St. Paul for $87 round-trip on jetBlue or Sun Country. This is a brand new route and a new city for jetBlue beginning May 3. Seats are available nearly every day in May. For example, I found seats departing Boston BOS on Friday, May 11, returning from Minneapolis MSP on Monday, May 14. Sun Country's fare only includes a small personal item (small backpack, large purse, etc.), while flying on jetBlue will include a normal size carry-on bag plus one personal item.
Fly nonstop from Atlanta to Nashville for $98 round-trip on Southwest. New nonstop service on Southwest Airlines begins August 7, 2018. This fare is available for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from August 21 through October 31 as part of the latest Southwest Sale. For example, I found seats departing Atlanta ATL on Saturday, August 25, returning from Nashville BNA on Tuesday, August 28.
Fly nonstop from Louisville to Jacksonville for $85 round-trip on Allegiant. New nonstop service on Allegiant begins June 8, 2018. Flights will be operated on Mondays and Fridays. This price is available on a few dates in June. For example, I found seats departing Louisville SDF on the inaugural flight, Friday, June 8, returning from Jacksonville JAX on Monday, June 11. Allegiant fares only include one small personal item (small backpack, large purse, etc.) in their fares. Standard sized carry-on bag fees start at $15-$25 each eay. Checked bag fees start at $18-$30 each way.
Fly nonstop from New York to Dublin for $345 round-trip on Aer Lingus. Since Norwegian has started offering nonstop flights from the northeast to Ireland, other airlines have lowered their prices in order to compete. This great fare on Ireland's flag carrier allows you to fly directly from New York City and not have to schlep yourself all the way upstate to Newburgh just for a cheap flight. Availability is scarce on just a few dates this spring. For example, I found seats departing New York JFK on Thursday, June 7, returning from Dublin DUB on Thursday, June 14.
Fly nonstop from San Francisco to Paris for $378 round-trip on French Bee. This is an entirely new airline to serve the US. French Bee will begin service from San Francisco on May 11 with a flight to Tahiti. Upon its return from Tahiti, service from San Fran to Paris will commence on May 12. Flights to Paris will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Flights from Paris will operate on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. This fare is available for travel through mid-June and from September through March 2019, excluding holiday travel. For example, I found seats departing San Francisco SFO on Wednesday, May 16, returning from Paris ORY on Wednesday, May 23. French Bee's basic fare only includes hand baggage up to 26 lbs. Checked bag fees start at $45 each way.
Fly nonstop from Calgary to Mexico City for $297 USD ($381 CAD) round-trip on WestJet. New service began last month and will become daily starting in May. This fare is available for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from June through October. For example, I found seats departing Calgary YYC on Wednesday, June 6, returning from Mexico City MEX on Wednesday, June 13.
Fly nonstop from Chicago to Auckland for $1094 round-trip on Air New Zealand. New nonstop service begins November 30, 2018. Service will be operated on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Although this intro fare may not seem like a low price, keep in mind that it is available for a winter escape to the peak summer season in the southern hemisphere. Travel is available for departures from Chicago November 30 through December 9, 2018, or February 1-27, 2019. For example, I found seats departing Chicago on Sunday, December 9, returning from Auckland AKL on Friday, December 28.
Fly nonstop from Honolulu to Osaka for $233 round-trip on Scoot. The ultra-low-cost-carrier based in Singapore started this service last year and is the first route to/from the USA for Scoot. If you live on the mainland, check out these fares to Honolulu that will get you to Hawaii so you can take advantage of this amazing deal and enjoy a great 2-for-1 trip to both Hawaii and Japan. This fare is available for travel on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, through July. For example, I found seats departing Honolulu HNL on Thursday, May 31, returning from Osaka KIX on Thursday, June 7. Scoot's Fly fare only includes hand baggage up to 22 lbs. Checked bag fees start at $35 each way. The flight continues on to Singapore if you're looking for a cheap flight to Southeast Asia.
Fly nonstop from Miami to St. Croix for $221 round-trip on American. St. Croix hasn't had much competition in the past, which has meant higher airfares than other caribbean islands. With Spirit Airlines entering the Fort Lauderdale to St. Croix market this spring, fares have started to drop from many locations. This fare is available all year-round, excluding peak summer and winter holiday travel. For example, I found seats departing Miami MIA on Saturday, May 5, returning from St. Croix STX on Saturday, May 12.
Fly nonstop from Los Angeles to Hong Kong for $490 round-trip on American. The recent addition of nonstop service on Hong Kong Airlines, which started last year, has brought airfare down on this popular route. Slightly lower fares around $474 round-trip are available on Hong Kong Airlines and there is more availability at a slightly higher price of $508 round-trip on Cathay Pacific. This price on American is available for travel on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, on a few dates in April and from September through March 2019, excluding winter holidays, but including Thankgiving travel. For example, I found seats departing Los Angeles LAX on Monday, November 19, returning from Hong Kong HKG on Wednesday, November 28.