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Whether you’re looking for a last-minute spring escape, or are planning ahead for your summer or fall travel plans, we've got you covered! Here are five fantastic fares that we’ve found that are worth taking a look to book.
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These deals are all at prices below what we usually see. Some of these fares are a part of ongoing sales, and some are unadvertised, which may only last a few hours. If you are interested in any of these fares, we recommend you book soon to avoid a missed bargain. All domestic tickets work in the reverse direction as well.
Want to fly out to California for a weekend? You can with this cheap coast-to-coast deal from Boston to Los Angeles for $237 roundtrip starting in September. If a weekend is too short, no worries, this deal is wide-open with nearly all airlines operating the route offering this price through March 2020. Travel is available daily, and if you can't seem to find dates that work for your travel plans, you can purchase two separate one-way tickets on different airlines and create your own custom itinerary to fit your schedule. As an example, I found an extended weekend trip departing BOS on Thursday, September 5, and returning from LAX on Sunday, September 8, 2019, on JetBlue. For other weekend deals make sure to give our nifty Weekender Tool a try to see what other fun destinations you can sneak off to on the cheap.
We had quite the rarity this week with Southwest Airlines forgoing the posting a weekly sale, but that doesn’t mean the carrier has skipped offering some great fare deals. Here’s one as an example, fly nonstop from Atlanta to Chicago-Midway for $116 roundtrip starting in late July through October. Departure days will vary by week, but for the most part, you'll have the best luck searching for seats on midweek departure days like Tuesday and Wednesday. On Southwest’s site, the only place you can purchase tickets directly, I found seats departing ATL on Wednesday, September 18, and returning from MDW on Monday, September 23, 2019.
SAS Scandinavian's spectacular sale to cities all across Northern Europe is still going strong – but not for long. The sale finished up this Sunday night, so there are only a few days left to book these discount deals like this one here departing Chicago-O'Hare to Oslo, Norway for $386 roundtrip. Travel is available daily from early September through the end of the booking calendar in March 2020. As an example, I found tickets for this fare departing ORD on Monday, September 16 and returning from OSL on Monday, September 23, 2019. One of the best times to visit, when the weather is on the warm side and the daylight hours are long.
Air New Zealand is running a springtime sale on many of its routes to/from the States and its destinations in the South Pacific. For those in the market for an exotic escape but don’t want to fly all the way to Australia or NZ, then the Cook Islands might be the sweet spot for you. Piggybacking on this sale, Alaska Airlines is linking up with Air NZ on seamless one-stop connections to the Cook Islands like this one from Portland, Oregon to Rarotonga for $709 roundtrip. Not every week is available, but if you search for itineraries departing PDX on Saturdays and returning on Fridays in the fall or winter months, you should be able to find the listed fare price. As an example, I found seats departing PDX on Saturday, September 7, and returning from RAR on Friday, September 13, 2019, on Expedia at this price point.
With WOW air out of the picture, Icelandair has been doubling down on its sales lately. Here’s a fare deal from the newest European sale that the Icelandic carrier is offering, fly from Minneapolis to Paris-CDG for $474 roundtrip this fall or winter. Flights are available daily from October 1 through March 31, 2020. Blackout dates between December 13 and January 5, 2020. Best of all turn this trip into a 2-for-1 with Icelandair’s free stopover program allowing for passengers to visit Reykjavik (KEF) on the way to their final destination. As an example, I found tickets at this price departing MSP on Friday, October 11, with a return flight from CDG on Sunday, October 20, 2019. This is a rare sale to Europe that includes weekend travel at the same price. To see all of our other deals across the pond have a look at our dedicated European Flight Deals Page for a full rundown.
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