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20 Cheapest Destinations to Fly Around the World

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Cheapest Destinations to Fly Around the World.

If you’ve been scouring the internet trying to find a cheap flight lately, you’ve probably been struck by the flight prices you’re seeing. As it would seem, the cheapest flights are no longer what most consider ‘cheap’!

Post-pandemic airline troubles, supersized inflation, and a list of other ingredients have contributed to a recipe for high airline prices. If you are someone who loves to find flight deals, like me, the lack of cheap places to fly is heartbreaking.

However, don’t throw away your deal-finding inspiration yet – cheap destinations are still out there. You’ll need to work a bit harder nowadays to find cheap places to fly, but it is still certainly possible. Some of these destinations might surprise you!

By knowing some of the cheapest places to fly to right now, the airlines that can get you there, and the tips and tricks to find cheap flights, you can still be one of the lucky travelers to get a great flight deal on your next trip.

Take a look below at everything you need to know on how to get the cheapest airfare nowadays.

The Cheapest Places to Fly Right Now

Let’s start with the burning question of many: where is the cheapest place to fly right now? Whether you’re thinking about the east coast, west coast, or a bucket list trip abroad, there are still places with cheap fares out there!

1. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale Aerial View

One reason that Fort Lauderdale consistently comes in so cheap is that it is a major operating base for low-cost Spirit Airlines as well as JetBlue. Both airlines offer many nonstop routes to places all over the country and can do so at incredible fares.

Travelers to Fort Lauderdale love all of the popular destinations along the shore for beautiful beaches. Don’t forget that the vibrant city of Miami is only about 40 minutes away, meaning Fort Lauderdale is a great secondary for this party city as well.

2. San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan Ocean Scenery

Nearly all of the major US airlines offer direct flights to San Juan from the eastern part of the country, with some options coming from the west as well. All of that competition and plenty of demand create great prices for vacationers.

Once you find a cheap flight, you’ll want to check out the Isla Verde or Dorado Beach areas to find a beautiful resort. The island is full of amazing beaches, a tropical rainforest, and even some super-wild bioluminescent bays.

3. Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas Cityscape

Sin City is home to plenty of cheap flights from all over the country. Travelers fly into Las Vegas for the famous entertainment, to be in party central, and because this desert city is an access point to several of the most visited National Parks in the country.

Las Vegas flight prices are surprisingly low for a number of reasons. For one, it’s a major base for Southwest Airlines, and as a massively popular budget airline, other carriers are forced to compete with their prices.

For two, solid demand for flights to Vegas from all over the country drives flight prices down even further. And for three, everyone flying to Vegas has to find cheap flights so that they can waste the rest in the casino!

In all seriousness, Las Vegas is a fabulous destination, whether it’s for a weekend getaway or something longer. If you are looking to explore further, make this your starting point to drive to Bryce Canyon or the Grand Canyon for the trip of a lifetime.

4. San Francisco Bay Area, California

Golden State Bridge

One of the Bay Area’s lifesavers is that there are two airports within immediate proximity to it. San Francisco and Oakland airports are both connected to the entire metropolitan area by rapid transit and offer flight options from all over the continent and the world.

Your local airport is almost certain to offer nonstop service to one of them.

Northern California is a special destination with a ton of diversity. The iconic streets of San Francisco, its famous Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz Island, and the Golden Gate Bridge are all great things to do without even leaving the city.

Getting further out can reveal some dramatic seashores and the tranquil peace of Lake Tahoe.

5. Costa Rica

La Fortuna Waterfall

If you’re looking to go abroad, Costa Rica is one of the cheapest countries you can fly to from North America. This tropical paradise in Latin America is loved by nearly any type of traveler and is within just a few hours of home.

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One of the great things about Central America is that it’s home to some of the cheapest flights abroad without getting on a long-haul connection across an ocean. The major US carriers offer daily links to Costa Rica, as do the low-cost airlines like Spirit Airlines and Southwest, driving fares to rock bottom.

If you do choose La Pura Vida for your cheap flight getaway, know that you’ve got picture-perfect beach options on both the Caribbean and Pacific sides.

You’ll also want to pack good hiking shoes, a comfortable backpack, and your best camera if you want to see some of the most wild-looking rainforests in the world.

6. The Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands Aerial Shot

A bucket list destination for many, the Virgin Islands could be considered domestic destinations if you are headed to St. Croix, St. Thomas, or St. John, while the neighboring British Virgin Islands would be international travel.

Whether you want to grab your passport or not, these islands are incredible beach destinations that you could save money flying to.

You can find incredibly cheap flights to the Virgin Islands when departing from another one of the cities on our list, Fort Lauderdale.

As long as you aren’t booking at the last minute, flights from Florida are often under the $100 mark each way. Prices from cities like New York and Atlanta can also be surprisingly low for such a luxurious destination.

The three main islands and entry points to the US Virgin Islands are St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John.

St. Croix is famous for its crystal clear waters and white sand beaches, while St. Thomas and St. John are a bit more mountainous and connected to each other by ferry. All are sure to be wonderfully scenic islands.

7. Key West, Florida

Sunset in Key West

Going back to Florida, the southernmost point in the continental United States can also be one of the cheapest places to fly. Key West is the last of the tropical islands that make up the Florida Keys, and it is an ideal spot for relaxing remoteness and home to some great party places.

The major US airlines all operate feeder flights to their big hubs, while low-cost Allegiant Air serves quite a few secondary cities with the cheap fares they’re known for.

People like to fly into Key West, even from mainland Florida, to avoid the long drive out there. You can use a flight here as an entry point to see other western Florida Keys or simply enjoy one of the many beach resorts on the island. Don’t miss the nightlife Key West is known for, either.

8. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta Sceneries

A relatively cheap destination in general, Puerto Vallarta isn’t costly to get to. While the major airlines of the US all fly there from their biggest hubs, the real value is in the secondary and low-cost carriers.

Alaska Airlines, Sun Country, Southwest, and others provide some seriously competitive fares from the Midwest and the western US. Domestic flights operate to other cities throughout Mexico for those who want to see the whole country.

Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit are known for their long stretches of beautiful Pacific Ocean beaches and authentic Mexican culture. Renting a car and driving the coastal highway will bring you to some of the most picturesque seaside villages on the continent.

9. The Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Scenery
Are you surprised that the Hawaiian Islands are some of the cheapest places to fly right now? With seven islands and five major airports offering direct flights all over the country and Pacific Rim, it’s not hard to find a flight deal to Hawaii.

Especially from the western United States, it’s hard to find a major city that doesn’t have direct flights to Hawaii.

All the big airlines operate there, with the latest entry being Southwest, which dramatically shook up the market with their low fares and lack of baggage fees. That’s only good news for travelers trying to save money on their transportation.

We could write a book on what to do in Hawaii, but here’s the short version. Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island are the most visited islands.

Which one you choose will depend on whether you want idyllic beaches, giant waves for surfing, active volcanos, massive ridges and canyons for hiking, and more. Whatever your choice, you won’t be disappointed.

10. San Diego, California

Beach in San Diego
Next up is sunny San Diego, at the southern limits of California. This city has a major international airport that won’t break your bank when flying in or out.

The airport of San Diego is the second busiest single-runway airport in the world. The approach to the airport is known to take travelers wonderfully close to the city, providing great views.

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While each of the big three US airlines has a presence here, the low-cost carriers like Frontier and Allegiant will get you the best deals to and from southern California.

San Diego is a fantastic destination for its sandy beaches, sea cliff shorelines, a world-famous zoo, and fun things to do, such as Sea World. It’s also the gateway to some vast forests and preserves nearby, as well as for making the crossing to Tijuana and northern Baja California.

11. Dublin, Ireland
Temple Bar, Dublin

If you’re looking to get across the pond to Europe, the capital city of Ireland always seems to have a deal on flights. It’s also one of the shortest connections to Europe from North America, which is appealing to anyone not excited to spend several hours in coach.

You can find familiar airlines like United, Delta, and American all flying to Dublin from various points on the east coast. Irish national carrier Aer Lingus offers service all over the US, including many west coast cities. Thanks to the relatively short distance between Ireland and North America, fares are not exorbitant.

Ireland is an amazing place to visit for history lovers and outdoors people. But, it’s also a great hopping point to get further into Europe. The continent’s prominent ultra-low-cost carrier Ryanair is based in Dublin, meaning you can get just about anywhere for next to nothing.

12. Cancun, Mexico

Cancun Aerial View

Let’s head back to Mexico, where the sun always seems to shine, even in the off-season. Cancun has to be Mexico’s most famous destination, offering ancient Mayan history and postcard-worthy beaches on the Caribbean Sea.

There’s a ton of demand for flights to Cancun and plenty of supply. You’ll find essentially every US carrier operating flights here to both big-city hubs and smaller towns.

Spirit Airlines and Frontier, in particular, operate some very cheap flights to secondary airports with lower operating costs, which are the ones to look out for.

You can have many different types of vacations in Cancun. Spa retreats, family spring break getaways, bar crawl party trips, and more are all possible in this Caribbean city.

I recommend trying Isla Mujeres, a small island off the coast, where the rest of the world seems to keep its distance and allow you to relax under the Caribbean sun as you please.

13. Greek Islands

Santorini, Greece
The Greek Islands are a dream destination for many people, and they aren’t that far out of reach, even for the tightest of budgets.

Especially being one of the first European destinations to reopen to tourism after the pandemic, these islands have always been hugely popular destinations and are served by a ton of daily flights.

Plugging Santorini or Mykonos into Google Flights from a North American departure airport won’t always produce the cheapest results. The key here is to fly to other relatively cheap European cities, like Dublin, London, or Milan, and book separate flights from there.

Low-cost carriers like Easyjet, Ryanair, and Wizz Air offer connections for less than 10 Euros each way – trust me, I’ve done it!

While Santorini and Mykonos are the big ones that everyone dreams of, don’t count out islands such as Corfu, Zakynthos, or Kefalonia. My personal favorite is Milos, which can be reached from Santorini by ferry and is sure to be exponentially less crowded.

14. Tahiti

Overwater Bungalows in Tahiti
No, it’s not a mistake – Tahiti can be reached without spending your life savings! I know from personal experience that French Polynesia does not have to be a destination just for the rich and famous.

The only international airport in the islands is in the capital, Papeete, which offers limited connections to the rest of the world.

However, one is San Francisco, served by both United Airlines and low-cost carrier French Bee. Thanks to this competition dynamic, flight deals from the Bay Area can be unbelievably low.

Even if you’re not from San Francisco, you’ll notice that it is also on our list above, and you can probably get there for a good price.

Tahiti is a beautiful island, but since you’ve come all this way, you should see as much as you can. Save even more on costs by skipping Bora Bora and taking the inexpensive and quick ferry to Moorea across the channel, where you’ll get just as high-quality beaches.

15. Houston, Texas

Houston City

Houston is a good bet if you’re looking for an affordable gateway into the Lone Star State. This large city is full of Texas attractions and is home to two major airports.

When it comes to cheap flights, two airports are always better than one. George Bush Intercontinental Airport is home to a massive operating base for United, which connects Houston with the entire country and several other continents.

The smaller William P. Hobby Airport is Southwest’s base in the area, from where they serve dozens of domestic and international cities with low fares.

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Houston is a great city to explore, famously hosting the US Space Program’s headquarters, several interesting museums, and traditional Texas hospitality. You can also get to Galveston and all its Caribbean Sea beaches from Houston.

16. Orlando, Florida

Disneyland's Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse

Florida is an important destination for Americans living on the East Coast as it’s a number one choice for family vacations and retiree travel. Thanks to the short distances between Orlando and major cities like New York, Baltimore, Washington, and Boston, along with most of the Midwest, fares are quite low.

Of course, the most obvious things you can do when flying into Orlando are visit Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World. But Central Florida is also home to some great hiking and less than an hour to beautiful beaches.

17. Portland, Maine

Boats in Portland

Portland may only have a small airport and limited destinations, but the good news is that many of them are inexpensive places to fly from. Carriers like Southwest and Frontier serve the Portland International Jetport (yes, that is its name) with connections mostly around the East Coast.

Portland is a real hidden gem in New England and great for any kind of vacation. You’ll have the best lobster of your life, fall in love with its little downtown area, and have other Maine sights like Bar Harbor just a short drive away.

18. Colombia

Colorful Buildings in Colombia

Colombia has several international gateways, such as Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartagena, to name a few. It is definitely one of the cheapest places to fly in the South American continent, thanks to its airline service by carriers like Spirit and JetBlue, who fly mainly to Florida.

Even if you aren’t from the state, its airports are some of the cheapest to fly to, so you may be able to utilize these Colombian flights as well.

A Colombian adventure can be very diverse, ranging from vibrant city streets to wild tropical rainforests to tranquil Caribbean beaches. Make sure to leave some room in your suitcase to bring some of that famous Colombian coffee home, too!

19. Berlin, Germany

Berlin Cityscape

The German capital is a history-rich and lively city that’s great for any European itinerary. It’s also great for cheap flights, thanks to not only the large easyJet base there but also because of certain long-haul routes from North America.

Norse Atlantic is Europe’s most recent airline, having just started operations this summer with a fleet of brand new Boeing 787s.

Their launch city was Berlin, flying to New York City for some obscenely low trans-Atlantic fares. Even besides Norse Atlantic, legacy carriers like United, Lufthansa, and British Airways can get you to Berlin for reasonable prices.

The city of Berlin is a great destination itself, with attractions like Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Tower. It’s also a great starting point for other destinations in Northern Germany, like Rügen Island and Heligoland.

20. London, United Kingdom

London Sceneries

London benefits from not two, not three, but five airports serving it – with some people counting more depending on how far you’re willing to go.

It’s also the only European city that US airline JetBlue serves, and another place served by low-cost Norse Atlantic. Due to all the services to London and its relatively close distance to the US, fares can be exceptionally low.

You could spend a week in London and still have plenty more to do. Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the London Eye only scratch the surface of this great city. A short train ride can bring you to the famous White Cliffs of Dover and the lively beachfront of Brighton.

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