There’s nothing worse for the would-be traveler than when the wanderlust takes hold and the bank balance doesn’t agree. Don’t worry, because all is not lost: At least not with Hopper at hand to set you straight with a selection of the 10 cheapest flights currently on offer in the United States. (These prices are averages, based on billions of individual flight searches.)
Granted, they may not take you to the most distant continents, but they do offer wonders of a different kind, from Chicago’s blues bars to Philly’s food scene to the sights of the National Mall, all for $78 (that’s round-trip!) or less.
10. Washington D.C. to West Palm Beach from $78
If you fancy escaping the capital for a spot of sun and sand but need to do it on a budget, then these super-quick two-and-a-half-hour flights from Washington Dulles International to West Palm Beach are perhaps the perfect choice. Flyers can expect to pay in the region of just $78 for round-trip tickets when going on Frontier Airlines. Prices stay pretty steady throughout the year, meaning there’s a chance of bagging a bargain hotel deal during the Sunshine State’s shoulder season. Oh, and this one costs just the same going in the other direction, too.
9. Kansas City to Chicago from $78
Also clocking up an attractive average price tag of just $78 round trip are seats on routes between Kansas City International and Chicago, which are cheapest when flying on Spirit Airlines and hit yearly lows in April, August and September (summer travelers, take note). Tickets cost just the same when flying in the other direction, which is great news for Windy City locals eager to escape the metropolis and try Kansas City barbecue at any number of world-famous joints.
8. Las Vegas to Denver from $78
The Mile High City is on offer for Las Vegas locals. Spirit and Frontier both offer sinfully cheap flights that you can nab for as little as $78 round-trip. In less than two hours, you’ll be on the ground (but high above sea level) in Denver. In summer, the Rocky Mountain ski slopes are perfect for hiking and biking, while the city itself has a popping bar scene, plenty of major sports teams, and the family-friendly Denver Museum of Nature & Science to enjoy.
7. Miami to Washington D.C. from $78
For a measly $78, Miami locals can escape the heat and head to … well, the swampy national capital of Washington D.C. So the weather isn’t always so pleasant in summer, but the eclectic food scene, patriotic monuments, and (mostly free) museums within the Smithsonian Complex more than make up for the humidity. The cheapest non-stop flights come courtesy of Frontier and land at Dulles (which is at least $60 cheaper to fly into than Reagan National).
6. Atlanta to New Orleans from $78
It’s an unbelievably short hop from Atlanta’s Hartfield-Jackson to New Orleans on one of these $78 flights. At 90 minutes a pop, Frontier can fly you into the heart of the country’s jazz scene (and one of the country’s most fascinating, historical cities). Within mere hours of leaving your house, you could be bobbing your head in a dimly lit jazz club, dancing your way around the bustling French Quarter, or licking the powdered sugar from your beignet-holding hands.
5. Charlotte to Philadelphia from $76
The next cheapest domestic flight comes courtesy of budget carrier Frontier, who’ve certainly lived up to their ultra-low-cost model with these round-trip tickets on routes linking North Carolina’s largest city of Charlotte with bustling Philadelphia. That should leave plenty of cash for trying the city’s legendary cheesesteaks and hoagies (that’s sandwiches for most of you), not to mention the legendary Philadelphia Museum of Art.
4. Indianapolis to Atlanta from $68
Insiders have been calling Atlanta a tourist destination on the rise for some time now, and with these sub-$70 flights from Frontier, you can be among the masses! A fun nightlife scene nicely complements this historical city. See the moving Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum all in one fell swoop. For family fun, don’t miss the sprawling Georgia Aquarium or the World of Coca-Cola (the soft-drink giant is based here).
3. Las Vegas to San Francisco from $66
What could possibly be a better end to a week spent gambling, partying and gawping at Vegas’ glitzy sights than a soothing jaunt along the bracing cliffs of the Point Reyes National Seashore or a detox at the juice bars of San Francisco’s downtown area? Well, the prospect is well and truly on the cards for travelers this year, with round-trip flights on either JetBlue Airways or Virgin America between McCarran and San Francisco coming in with an average price tag of just $66.
2. Washington D.C. to Hartford from $66
It’s great news for any Washingtonians looking to escape the familiar sights of the National Mall for a spell this year, because flights from the city’s Reagan National Airport to the historic town of Hartford, Connecticut, are currently coming in as the joint cheapest in all of the United States. The non-stop connection is run by budget carrier JetBlue Airways and has an average ticket price of just $66 round trip. Oh, and the reverse journey costs just the same, meaning Connecticut locals can now enjoy the capital without breaking the bank.
1. Fort Lauderdale to Jacksonville from $66
OK, so it may only be a short hop of just over an hour up the coast of the Sunshine State from Fort Lauderdale to Jacksonville, but boy, does it beat a lengthy drive up I-95 — especially with the Florida sun beating down and the promise of getaways like Little Talbot and Black Hammock Island beckoning on the other side. The connection is run by low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways, enjoys steady lows of around $66 round-trip throughout the year, and costs the same going in either direction.
This article originally appeared on Hopper.com. Hopper is a travel app that tracks and predicts airfare prices.
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