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The 5 Hottest Flight Deals We Found in May

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May was a great month for travelers looking to save money on international flights. And let’s be honest: That’s all of us.

We could hardly believe some of the all-time low prices we found this month to Spain, Japan, Iceland, and more. Yes, you’re reading these correctly: The prices you see below are real flight deals we’ve found just in the last few weeks.

Many of these international flight deals are already gone, but if you want to get in on the next insanely cheap international fare, sign up for our Thrifty Traveler Premium service for just $40 a year!

This is just a small sampling of the 100-plus international flight deals we found this past month.  Which of these flight deals has you dreaming of your next vacation?

 

1. Nonstop Flights to Spain…For $230!

Flights to Spain have been crazy cheap lately, with the lowest prices we’ve ever found for nonstop flights to Madrid and Barcelona! $230 to get from New York City-JFK (JFK) or Boston (BOS) to Madrid (MAD)? It’s cheaper to get to Spain than it is to fly to Seattle from the East Coast right now!

But the Spain flight deal love didn’t stop there. You could also fly from multiple U.S. cities to Barcelona (BCN) for under $300. If you need an excuse to explore Spain this year, this is it!

 

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2. Half Off Fares to Italy 

Sometimes, the best fares are the result of a fare war between cutthroat airlines.

American targeted Delta hubs with some cheap, one-stop flights to Mexico, Europe, and beyond last month. We’re talking flights to Amsterdam for as low as $483, Cancun from $260, and to Venice during the thick of summer for as low as $502.

Usually, Italy in peak summer will cost you over $1,000. This great deal could save you $500! Cheers to American for showing Delta hubs some love this month.

 

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3. Nationwide Flash Sale: $1,000 off Flights to Japan

When it rains, it pours. We love finding a hot flight deal and then uncovering the sale is available nationwide, even from the smallest regional U.S. airports!

This insane flight deal was available from over 80 U.S. cities to Osaka (KIX) and Tokyo-Narita (NRT) for as low as $555. Fares to Japan, especially from smaller regional airports, can often cost over $1,500. That’s right: savings of $1,000!

 

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4. $1,100 Off Business Class Flights to Iceland

Want to fly to Iceland in comfort? Last month, Icelandair slashed prices of their business class fares in half … and then some. The nonstop fares in Icelandair’s Saga Class were available during peak summer months of July and August, and included:

  •  Saga Lounge access in Reykjavik
  • Two checked bags
  • Priority boarding
  • Meals
  • Advanced seat assignment.

These business class flights were over $1,000 off regular fares, and priced the same as a typical economy fare to Iceland!

Thrifty Tip: Need convincing that Iceland needs to be on your bucket list? Check out why you need to visit Iceland.

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Business class prices not for you? Don’t worry, we found other crazy deals to Iceland this past month: flights from 40 U.S. cities to Reykjavik during peak summer for as low as $332, and nonstop flights that include a ticket to see Ed Sheeran live in concert under the midnight sun!

 

5. Sub-$400 Flights to Asia

If you’ve ever traveled within Asia, you know it’s crazy cheap to get from country to country. It’s the flight from the U.S. to Asia that can be spendy. A flight deal like this one puts visiting your next bucket list destination within reach!

We found flights to Hong Kong for as low as $370…you can hardly get from coast to coast in the U.S. for that price! Average savings on this flight deal were a whopping $700.

 

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…and much more.

We found more than 100 international flight deals this past month alone, and are busy finding the flight deals of tomorrow, now! Here’s a look at some of the other flight deals we found this past month:

  • Boston & Philadelphia to Johannesburg, South Africa from $636 (5-star airline – Was: $1100)
  • 26 cities to Paris, France from $266 (inc’l Thanksgiving – Was: $850)
  • 6 cities to Curaçao from $277 (inc’l nonstop – Was: $600)
  • 4 cities to Eastern Europe from $472 (LOT Airlines – Was: $1000)
  • 14 cities to Mexico City, Mexico from $284 (United – Was: $550)
  • 20 cities to Ecuador from $287 (inc’l nonstop – Was: $900)
  • Washington DC to Madagascar for $632 (Delta – Was: $1450)
  • 6 cities to Amsterdam, Netherlands from $385 (inc’l nonstop – Was: $850)
  • 20 cities to Ketchikan, Alaska from $215 (inc’l peak summer – Was: $550)
  • 7 cities to Chiang Mai, Thailand from $566 (5 star airline – Was: $1000)
  • [Nonstop] Newark to Barcelona, Spain for $245 (Late summer – Was: $725)
  • 50+ cities to Halifax, Nova Scotia from $192 (inc’l peak summer – Was: $450)
  • 7 cities to London, England from $552 (inc’l nonstop – Was: $900)
  • [BIZ CLASS] Chicago to Athens, Greece for $2476 (NONSTOP / SUMMER – Was: $7000)
  • 30+ cities to Nassau, Bahamas from $228 (inc’l nonstop – Was: $525)
  • [Price Drop] Minneapolis to Frankfurt, Germany for $549 (inc’l Oktoberfest – Was: $850)
  • [NONSTOP] Chicago & NYC to Budapest, Hungary from $454 (inc’l Thanksgiving – Was: $950)
  • 12 cities to Cancun, Mexico from $203 (inc’l nonstop – Was: $500)
  • [Xmas & St. Paddy’s] 12 cities to Dublin, Ireland from $425 (ALL Nonstop – Was: $1000)
  • 7 cities to the Baltic States & Scandinavia from $397 (inc’l nonstop – Was: $800)
  • Denver & Houston to Lisbon, Portugal for $386 (AA – Was: $800)
  • [BIZ CLASS] Montreal to Bangkok, Thailand for $1900 (5-star airline – Was: $4500)
  • 40+ cities to Reykjavik, Iceland from $332 (Summer / inc’l nonstop – Was: $800)
  • [Biz Class] Delta SkyMiles Flash Sale to Europe for 128k R/T (PEAK SUMMER – Was: 200k+ SkyMiles)
  • 9 cities to Munich, Germany from $484 (inc’l Oktoberfest – Was: $800)
  • 10 cities to Prague & Warsaw from $447 (inc’l Thanksgiving – Was: $850)
  • Chicago / DC / NYC to Athens, Greece from $472 (inc’l late summer – Was: $1000)
  • [BIZ CLASS] Boston to Lima, Peru for $966 (Delta / lie-flat – Was: $1800)
  • Miami to Medellín, Colombia for $187 (Nonstop / Peak summer – Was: $400)
  • 35+ Cities to Hawaii from $264 (inc’l nonstop- Was: $600)
  • LA and San Fransisco to Bali, Indonesia from $495 (Hong Kong Airlines- Was: $900)
  • [Visit 2 cities] 14 cities to Dublin & London from $426 (XMAS & Thanksgiving – Was: $1000)
  • [Nonstop] Newark to Lisbon, Portugal for $427 (inc’l Thanksgiving – Was: $850)
  • 30+ Cities to Beijing & Shanghai, China from $372 (inc’l Thanksgiving – Was: $900)
  • 6 cities to Nairobi, Kenya from $565 (SkyTeam & Star Alliance – Was: $1000)
  • NYC to the Seychelles for $701 (Air France – Was: $1500)
  • Nationwide to Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia from $441 (flying American – Was: $1300)
  • 5 cities to the Spanish Islands from $454 (inc’l peak summer – Was: $850)
  • Chicago & NYC to Uganda from $567 (Star Alliance – Was: $1400+)
  • Boston to Beirut, Lebanon for $576 (5-star airline – Was: $850)
  • 26 cities to Bermuda from $304 (inc’l peak summer – Was: $525)
  • 9 cities to Nice, France from $379 (inc’l Thanksgiving – Was: $850)
  • Minneapolis to Copenhagen, Denmark for $494 (inc’l Thanksgiving – Was: $750)
  • 25 cities to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico from $187 (inc’l nonstop – Was: $575)
  • [NONSTOP] Los Angeles to Rarotonga, Cook Islands for $528 (inc’l late summer – Was: $1100)
  • 9 cities to Europe from $401 (Icelandair – Was: $800)
  • Denver & Houston to Hawaii for $344 (AA – Was: $650)
  • Los Angeles & NYC to Russia from $422 (inc’l Thanksgiving – Was: $700)
  • 5 cities to England & Ireland from $437 (2 cities in 1 trip – Was: $950)
  • [Price Drop] 4 cities to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico from $253 (Delta – Was: $575)
  • 7 cities to Bergen, Norway from $397 (inc’l late summer – Was: $850)
  • 7 cities to Cebu & Manila, Philippines from $506 (5 star airlines – Was: $900)
  • 5 cities to Mumbai & New Delhi, India from $625 (inc’l Thanksgiving – Was: $1000)
  • Delta SkyMiles Flash Sale to Singapore from 56k R/T (Was: 125k+ or $1500)
  • 7 cities to Glasgow, Scotland from $517 (Icelandair – Was: $800)
  • [NONSTOP] 6 cities to Tokyo, Japan from $568 (inc’l Thanksgiving – Was: $1350)
  • 11 cities to Montego Bay, Jamaica from $276 (inc’l nonstop – Was: $550)
  • 7 cities to Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from $476 (5 star airlines – Was: $900)
  • NYC to Athens, Greece for $397 (Delta – Was: $950)
  • 40+ cities to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico from $147 (inc’l nonstop – Was: $450)
  • [NONSTOP] San Francisco to Tahiti, French Polynesia for $628 (inc’l peak summer – Was: $1350)
  • [NONSTOP] Miami & Orlando to Panama City, Panama from $174 (inc’l peak summer – Was: $550)
  • 5 cities to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from $493 (5 star airline / Tokyo stopover – Was: $950)
  • 10 cities to Europe from $276 (Delta – Was: $800)
  • Chicago / NYC / DC to Muscat, Oman from $614 (fall & spring – Was: $1200)
  • [NONSTOP] NYC to Johannesburg for $660 (inc’l Thanksgiving – Was: $1400)
  • 9 cities to Munich & Frankfurt, Germany from $326 (inc’l Thanksgiving – Was: $800)
  • 6 cities to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from $235 (Delta – Was: $575)
  • 7 cities to The Azores, Portugal from $468 (inc’l peak summer – Was: $950)
  • 20+ cities to Québec City, Québec from $210 (inc’l Thanksgiving – Was: $425)
  • [NONSTOP] 13 cities to Dubai, UAE from $751 (Emirates – Was: $1350)
  • 60+ cities to Oaxaca, Mexico from $215 (inc’l summer – Was: $500)
  • [NONSTOP] NYC to Athens & Milan from $469 (Emirates – Was: $900)
  • 50+ cities to Bogotá, Colombia from $262 (inc’l Thanksgiving – Was: $700)
  • [Xmas & St. Paddy’s] 9 cities to France & Ireland from $479 (2 cities in 1 trip – Was: $950)
  • 20 cities to São Paulo, Brazil from $395 (Delta & United – Was: $950)
  • 30+ cities to Mexico City, Mexico from $199 (inc’l nonstop – Was: $550)
  • Nationwide to San Juan, Puerto Rico from $199 (inc’l nonstop – Was: $500)
  • [PRICE DROP] 11 cities to Dublin, Ireland from $345 (NONSTOP- Was: $800)
  • [BIZ CLASS] Nationwide to Inverness, Scotland from $1867 (Delta / lie-flat – Was: $4000)
  • [NONSTOP] 7 cities to Manchester, England from $429 (AA / Thomas Cook Airlines – Was: $800)
  • 15 cities to Bangkok, Thailand from $493 (5 star airlines – Was: $1050)
  • [NONSTOP] Honolulu to Sydney, Australia for $250 (Jetstar – Was: $600)
  • NYC to Roatán, Honduras from $382 (inc’l peak summer – Was: $700)
  • 20+ cities to Zürich, Switzerland from $397 (inc’l Thanksgiving – Was: $1000)
  • 7 cities to Rome, Italy from $283 (AA / United – Was: $750)
  • NYC to Siem Reap, Cambodia for $567 (China Southern – Was: $1000)
  • 14 cities to Guatemala City, Guatemala from $137 (inc’l nonstop – Was: $550)
  • Nationwide to Key West, Florida from $138 (inc’l nonstop – Was: $450)
  • Los Angeles to Madrid, Spain for $287 (flying Delta – Was: $700)
  • 20 cities to Cardiff, Wales from $400 (SkyTeam – Was: $950)
  • 16 cities to Birmingham, England from $415 (inc’l Thanksgiving – Was: $950)
  • [NONSTOP] 5 cities to Milan, Italy from $389 (inc’l Thanksgiving – Was: $850)
  • 5 cities to Seoul, South Korea from $445 (this fall – Was: $900)
  • 10 cities to Reykjavik, Iceland from $535 (inc’l Ed Sheeran ticket / Nonstop – Was: $1000+)
  • 15 cities to Barcelona, Spain from $241 (inc’l Thanksgiving – Was: $850)
  • 4 cities to Rome, Italy from $301 (AA / Delta – Was: $750)
  • Delta hubs to Cancun, Mexico from $260 (inc’l Thanksgiving – Was: $500)
  • 4 cities to Paris, France from $268 (inc’l Thanksgiving – Was: $850)
  • NYC to Phuket, Thailand for $652 (5-star airline – Was: $1250)

 

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Bottom Line

We were blessed with some unreal flight deals this past month! All of these deals were discovered by our team and sent out to Premium subscribers. If you’re looking for half-off airfare to these cities and more, sign up for Thrifty Traveler Premium and get instant notification of the international flight deals we find.

 

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Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews, or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer.

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