Looking for a last-minute gift? How about booking a trip to fly somewhere new in 2021? Airlines continue to adjust flight networks and announce new service for the new year. This translates into savings for travelers as it forces more competition, which is highlighted in today’s top airfare deals.
Many airlines have also extended change fee waivers for new bookings, which means all tickets — including Basic Economy — can be changed without an extra fee in case your travel plans change. Policies vary by airline so be sure to read the fine print when booking.
Boston to Key West $149 Roundtrip on JetBlue
JetBlue announced a total of 24 new routes last week, which are set to begin between February and June. Key West is one of 4 new cities JetBlue is adding to its route map and flights to the southernmost city in the lower 48 start at just $149 roundtrip for a nonstop flight from Boston.
You’ll find this price available in late February and March, such as departing Boston BOS on Friday, March 26, returning from Key West EYW on Monday, March 29. Seasonal flights begin February 11, and will run through April 26, 2021. Note that flights are not operated on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, and there is no Saturday service after April 3.
Flights to Hawaii from $145 Roundtrip
Flying to Hawaii seems to be getting cheaper every week. It’s pretty hard to beat these latest airfares though, so you might want to snag that ticket to Hawaii before prices creep back up. Amazing deals can be found from across the country, with West Coast flights starting from $145 roundtrip and East Coast flights as low as $244 roundtrip.
The lowest fares are generally available for travel Mondays through Thursdays, between January and May. Some routes may only have the best deals for travel through March. A few examples of what you can book include:
- San Jose to Maui $145 roundtrip, nonstop, on Hawaiian or Southwest
- Los Angeles to Honolulu $145 roundtrip, nonstop, on American, United, or Hawaiian
- Portland to Kona $145 roundtrip on Hawaiian
- Miami to Honolulu $244 roundtrip on American
- Newark to Maui $264 roundtrip on United
- Minneapolis to Honolulu $290 roundtrip on United
- Boston to Honolulu $298 roundtrip on American or United
Newark to San Diego $167 Roundtrip on United
Enjoy spring at the beach with a nonstop flight from Newark to San Diego for only $167 roundtrip on United. This deal is especially great since it’s available for travel any day of the week and books into United’s standard Economy class. This means you’ll be able to bring a normal sized carry-on bag onboard and be eligible for upgrades.
Travel dates are available from January through May. I found seats for a flight departing Newark EWR on Friday, May 7, returning from San Diego SAN on Sunday, May 16.
Nashville to Cancun $179 Roundtrip on American Airlines
The Riviera Maya has long been a popular destination for Americans and Cancun will be getting several new flights from the U.S. in 2021. In response to the new nonstop flight JetBlue announced it will begin in March, American Airlines has dropped fares on connecting flights from Nashville to Cancun as low as $179 roundtrip.
Travel nearly any day between mid-January and May. I found seats departing Nashville BNA on Friday, May 14, returning from Cancun CUN on Friday, May 21.
Flights to Alaska from $194 Roundtrip
The Last Frontier will be getting more nonstop flight options from the continental U.S. in 2021. Alaska Airlines recently announced expanded service from Anchorage, which prompted a small fare war on all the major airlines.
Roundtrip flights to Alaska are normally in the $500 range for the majority of the country, but tickets are currently in the $200 range — even from the East Coast. The best deals are available for travel between January and May. Some examples include:
- Los Angeles to Anchorage $194 roundtrip on United
- Detroit to Anchorage $204 roundtrip on American, Delta, or United
- Phoenix to Anchorage $204 roundtrip on United
- Chicago to Anchorage $245 roundtrip, nonstop, on United
- St. Louis to Anchorage $282 roundtrip on Delta
San Francisco to San Jose, Costa Rica $235 Roundtrip on Copa
Take in the tropical rainforest with flights from San Francisco to San Jose, Costa Rica for $235 roundtrip on Copa Airlines. This fare can be found for travel from late February through May and you’ll find flights for less than $300 on American Airlines throughout 2021.
I found the $219 roundtrip price on Copa Airlines flights departing San Francisco SFO on Friday, May 21, returning from San Jose SJO on Sunday, May 30.
75% off Frontier Flights for Travel through May
Frontier has a decent promo code sale for both domestic and international travel through May 26, 2021. A 25% discount will apply for last-minute travel on both nonstop and connecting flights for daily travel through January 5, 2021.
The better deal is a 75% discount on nonstop flights between January 6 – May 26, 2021. The discount is valid for Monday through Thursday travel on most routes. Flights to Florida, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Juan, St. Thomas, and all international destinations is valid Sunday through Wednesday, and in the reverse direction Tuesday through Friday.
To get the discount, simply enter promo code TAKEOFF when booking on FlyFrontier.com. The discount will only apply to the base fare and blackout dates apply: Feb. 11, 12, 15, Mar. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, and Mar. 26 – Apr. 5, 2021. Additional blackout dates apply to/from San Juan Jan. 5-13, 2021.
Sample discounted fares include:
- Cincinnati to Orlando $45 roundtrip, nonstop
- Baltimore to San Juan $83 roundtrip, nonstop
- Boston to Denver $99 roundtrip, nonstop
- Long Island-Islip to Las Vegas $104 roundtrip, nonstop
- Las Vegas to Cabo San Lucas $220 roundtrip, nonstop
Sale Expires: Monday, December 21, at 11:59 pm ET
Los Angeles to Jacksonville $167 Roundtrip on JetBlue
Another new JetBlue route recently announced is a nonstop flight between LAX and JAX from $167 roundtrip. This will be the only nonstop option between Los Angeles and Jacksonville and with an intro fare of only $84 each way, it will be hard to beat. New flights begin March 4, 2021, and you’ll find this price for travel through April, and again on a few dates in late August.
I found seats departing Los Angeles LAX on Friday, August 20 returning from Jacksonville JAX on Saturday, August 28.
Chicago to Warsaw $484 Roundtrip on LOT Polish Airlines
Fly nonstop from Chicago to Warsaw for $484 roundtrip on LOT Polish Airlines. This low fare can be found on select days of the week between January and March, and again starting in late October. A higher price around $548 roundtrip is more widely available throughout the summer.
I found the $484 price departing Chicago ORD on Saturday, October 30, returning from Warsaw WAW on Saturday, November 6.
Houston to Cairo $567 Roundtrip on Delta / SkyTeam
See the last standing ancient wonder of the world at The Great Pyramid of Giza, with flights from Houston to Cairo for $567 roundtrip on a combo of Delta and SkyTeam partners such as Air France, KLM, and Alitalia. This price can be found for travel through early September, and if you prefer to fly with Star Alliance carrier, you’ll find similar prices for around $10 - $50 more.
I found seats departing Houston IAH on Wednesday, May 19, returning from Cairo CAI on Wednesday, May 26.