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$100 Or Less?! Yes, Domestic Flights Are Cheaper than Ever

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No, you’re not seeing things: Flights within the U.S. might just be cheaper than ever.

Travel is way down, and it’s clear that many travelers aren’t ready to leave home just yet. But whether you’re ready to get on a plane next month or not until summer 2021, airlines desperate for cash have slashed airfare to some unthinkably low prices for trips all around the country. We’re talking flights to Florida, Arizona, California, Las Vegas, and beyond regularly under $100 roundtrip … and sometimes even under $50. 

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Add in the policies allowing free change or cancellation on all new tickets, and it’s a great chance to book now and travel later. Some airlines are even keeping middle seats empty all the way through early 2021 – and perhaps even longer.

American Airlines has led the charge on cheap domestic flights, but that has forced many other airlines like Southwest, Delta, and United to compete and also offer cheaper airfare. And cheap might not even be the right word to describe these prices.

Keep reading to see what we mean.


Cheap Domestic Flights for Winter Getaways

Calling all snowbirds!

Winter is fast approaching – and in the Midwest, it feels like it’s already here. A mid-winter escape to the warmth is just what we all need. We’ve seen dozens of sub-$100 roundtrip fares to the desert, southwest, or tropical beaches to help you heat up. As a Minnesota-based company, these cheap fares to Phoenix (PHX) were a personal favorite.

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Plenty of other cities (including smaller regional airports) also had unbeatable nonstop fares to Phoenix (PHX) throughout the winter including:

  • Denver (DEN) – $70
  • Des Moines (DSM) – $70
  • El Paso (ELP) – $96
  • Las Vegas (LAS) – $96
  • Long Beach (LGB) – $96
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – $74
  • San Diego (SAN) – $70
  • San Jose (SJC) – $70
  • Santa Ana (SNA) – $96
  • Santa Fe (SAF) – $91

Ready to roll the dice? It seems like every week we’re finding cheaper and cheaper fares to Las Vegas (LAS). Thanks to tons of competing airlines and its status as a high-demand getaway for many Americans, airfare just keeps getting cheaper. This is no joke: We’ve seen airfare to Las Vegas drop as low as $50 roundtrip through the spring of 2021. 

Curious what it’s like in Las Vegas these days? Take a look and see.

If visiting Austin, Texas has been on your bucket list, you’re in luck. For months, getting to Austin and back was regularly $300 or more in many parts of the country. So imagine our faces when we saw JetBlue flights from Newark (EWR) to Austin (AUS) for $27 roundtrip. 

Many of these deals have sold out at these prices, but we sent them to Thrifty Traveler Premium over just the last few weeks to book a cheap trip!


Sunny Beaches

There also has been an uptick in sub-$100 fares to popular beach destinations! Just last week, we found fares from tons of cities with unreal roundtrip fares to Miami (MIA) – all nonstop, with availability all the way through August 2021!

  • Atlanta (ATL) – $74
  • Austin (AUS) – $74
  • Baltimore (BWI) – $98
  • Boston (BOS) – $98
  • Charlotte (CLT) – $68
  • Chicago (ORD) – $74
  • Cincinnati (CVG) – $70
  • Cleveland (CLE) – $74
  • Dallas (DFW) – $70
  • Denver (DEN) – $90
  • Houston (IAH) – $74
  • New Orleans (MSY) – $74
  • New York (LGA) – $74
  • Newark (EWR) – $70
  • Philadelphia (PHL) – $70
  • Raleigh (RDU) – $94
  • Tampa (TPA) – $96

If the beaches of Southern California are more your vibe, cheap flights have been equally plentiful. It won’t cost you an arm and a leg anymore to book that much-needed vacation to the beach.


Breathtaking National Parks & Skiing

More and more travelers are heading for the great outdoors. And airlines have been happy to help them get there for less.

Exploring the gorgeous national parks in the U.S. has never been cheaper! One of our favorite sales included multiple cities to Knoxville, Tenessee (TYS), a great starting point to see the Great Smoky Mountains.

You could fly from several airports to Knoxville (TYS) for less than $100 including:

  • Chicago (ORD) – $56
  • Baltimore (BWI) – $93
  • Miami (MIA) – $68

The Pacific Northwest also has plenty to see and do –  and plenty of fares under $100 to Seattle (SEA). Less than a two-hour drive can get you to North Cascades, Olympia, and Mt. Rainier National Park.

Prices this low don’t last long, but Thrifty Traveler Premium members got first dibs at booking them when we sent them an alert.

Hitting the slopes in Colorado won’t break the bank either! American Airlines and United have been constantly battling for the cheapest fares into Denver (DEN). With loads of nonstop options and plenty of availability, grabbing a cheap flight to Mile High City is easier than ever.


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Salt Lake City (SLC) is also a good starting point for winter fun. And we’ve seen airlines continually slash prices to help you make it happen for less.


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Even Puerto Rico?

Seriously, airlines can’t stop themselves. They have slashed prices even to traditionally expensive spots to unthinkable lows – all in the name of selling more seats.

We recently notified our Premium Members about absurdly cheap roundtrip fares to lovely San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) this winter. Earlier this year these flight prices would be at least triple! A Caribbean vacation with no passport required for less than $100 roundtrip? Sign us up. 


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Bottom Line

Whether you’re ready to get back on a plane today or are considering a trip down the road, cheap domestic flights have never been so plentiful. Airlines are slashing prices to get to the destinations that people want to go to. It’s a buyers’ market like we’ve never seen.

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