Looking for Cheap Domestic Flights? Here's Where & When to Look

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Looking for Cheap Domestic Flights? Here’s Where & When to Look

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You're not the only one seeing it: Flights have gotten more expensive across the board. And that's especially true for domestic flights within the U.S.

But there's a sweet spot for cheap domestic flights: Look at traveling in April and May if you want a cheap domestic flight this year. We search for cheap flights all day, every day for our Thrifty Traveler Premium, and this undeniable trend has emerged lately – a much-needed win for travelers looking to fly somewhere without breaking the bank.

So while you might see uncomfortably high fares for a flight this summer, fall, or even in the winter, a trip in April or May could be the ticket for a cheaper trip. Here's what we're seeing.


Why Are Spring Flights So Cheap This Year?

So why are these closer-in, nearly last-minute flights staying cheap? Travel demand for the next two months is clearly light within the U.S. That could be for a few different reasons.

For one, April and May are generally lighter travel months in the U.S. Spring break is past us and families have kids back in school until the summer. But something else happened this year, too…

Travel demand is hitting record highs, and domestic flight prices have increased to match it as airlines hope to squeeze everything they can out of Americans eager to travel again. Those higher prices might have scared away many travelers. But now that spring is fast approaching and seats are still empty, airlines are suddenly willing to slash prices back to reasonable rates.

The end result? April and May travel within the U.S. is going to be your best bet for finding a good flight deal, like this one from Austin (AUS) all the way to Orlando (MCO) for under $100 roundtrip.

Cheap Orlando fare 

So go find that getaway to the beach, a long weekend in the city, or just a much-needed change of scenery as we thaw out after a long winter.


The Best Domestic Deals We've Found Recently

Let's look at a few examples of dirt-cheap domestic deals we've found for a trip this spring.

Why not start in New York City, a perennially popular destination? At these prices, this alert was very popular among our Thrifty Traveler Premium members a few days ago.

NYC flight deal 

Many of these ultra-low fares have been booked already! Get an alert for the next great domestic deal with Thrifty Traveler Premium!

With three airports and tons of airlines flying in and out, it's a recipe for a steady stream of cheap flights in and out of New York City. Even so, New York is still susceptible to high fares once you get into the peak summer travel season.

NYC flight prices in summer 

Even at $238 roundtrip, these nonstop flights from Detroit (DTW) to New York in June and July aren't bad, right? But for a trip in April and May, you could book flights at nearly a third of the price!

NYC flight prices April May 

Same flights, different months, and huge savings in April and May.

And the examples don't stop there. Florida on your mind during this chilly winter? A cheap flight to Miami (MIA) or Fort Lauderdale (FLL) under $200 might be exactly what you need this spring, and that's what we found last week. The lowest fare on this deal was under $100 roundtrip!

Cheap Miami flight deal 

But spring is lovely in many places around the U.S. as the locals get outside and liven up the streets of cities like Boston.

Boston flight deal 

This Boston (BOS) cheap flight alert, which featured sub-$200 roundtrip flights to the heart of New England, was right at the beginning of the Major League Baseball season, making a cheap trip to the world famous Fenway Park a reality for our members. Oh, and baseball tickets are cheaper in the spring, too!

Read Next: How to Grab Lower-Level MLB Tickets for 5,000 Points

Same goes for the Windy City of Chicago, where there are two pro baseball teams and miles and miles of lakefront that would make for a perfect spring weekend. Especially at these prices…

Cheap flights to Chicago flight deal 

A little further south is the city of Nashville (BNA), where the slightly warmer Tennessee weather could also make for a nice weekend away.

Nashville airfare 

The spring weather in Texas is a far cry from places like Denver (DEN), Detroit (DTW), Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), and Philadelphia (PHL), which is why this alert for flights to Dally – into both Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and the centrally located Dallas-Love Field (DAL) – was so appealing.

Dallas flight deal 

And let's not forget about the West Coast! This Seattle (SEA) deal just popped up for April and May travel, featuring some of the lowest prices we've seen up to Washington in many months.

Seattle flight deal 

No matter what destination you're eyeing up this year, check out the rates in April and May to find savings of half-off or more!


Bottom Line

With flight prices on the rise, cheap domestic flights had all but disappeared for many months. Now, you can find a cheap flight to many destinations across the U.S. for a trip in April and May.

Lighter spring travel demand and the fear of high prices is probably causing this trend. And it's making April and May the two best months on the 2023 calendar to grab a cheap deal if you're looking to stay closer to home.

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