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Attention Thrifty Traveler Premium members:

Attention Thrifty Traveler Premium members:

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A clear trend has emerged over the last few weeks of flight prices: You don't have to live in Chicago, New York, or L.A. to get a great flight deal right now.

Trust us: Our team searches for cheap flight deals from over 200 U.S. and Canadian airports – more than any other flight deal service on the market. And yes, that includes your home airport. While dirt-cheap fares can be less frequent and harder to find than from the biggest hubs, cheap flights from smaller regional airports around the country exist.

We run thousands of daily searches from airports like Aberdeen (ABR) and Wichita (ICT) to find our subscribers in those cities the best deals from their preferred airports. And it's not just for trips within the U.S. We have dozens and dozens of examples of flight deals that include smaller U.S. and Canadian cities flying to some of the best destinations the world over.

Here are a few of the best cheap flights we've found just in the last month alone.

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European Hotspots from Your Hometown

This time of year is perfect for booking a trip to Europe, and that's because the steeply discounted winter months offer the very best roundtrip fares to the European continent.

This year is no different. Just a few weeks ago, we sent this stunning flight deal with low fares to Europe from about 200 U.S. and Canadian airports, all under $500 roundtrip.


europe flight deal 

This flight deal is gone now – get the next one from your home airport in your inbox by signing up for free cheap flight alerts!

New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX), and Miami (MIA) all had low fares on this deal, but those are the usual suspects. What made this deal remarkable were the fares like this one:

Peoria to Dublin  

For Peoria, Illinois (PIA)-based travelers, forget the 3-hour drive to get to Chicago-O'Hare (ORD). Instead, depart from (and most importantly for your sanity, arrive at) PIA for your trip to Dublin (DUB) instead!

The convenience of flying out of an airport like Peoria's is amazing. Typically it's free or extremely cheap to park, and you don't have to hassle with long security or check-in lines either.

Oh…and you're paying about one-third of the usual prices if you book right now. As of this writing, this deal was still alive! The same goes for this fare we dug up in a recent flight deal to Athens, Greece (ATH).

Huntsville to Athens 

Travelers based in Hunstville, Alabama (HSV) are usually looking at a costly positioning flight to Atlanta (ATL), Miami (MIA), or Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to fuel their travels. Not this time!


Rare Destinations from Almost Anywhere in the U.S.

The likes of London and Paris are more hospitable to connecting itineraries from smaller U.S. and Canadian cities because of their huge networks, but we're seeing smaller European locales jump onto these flight deals, too.

It's been more than a year since our last flight deal to Sicily (PMO, CTA), so we were ecstatic to get this into our subscribers' inboxes. What we didn't expect was how many of our subscribers would get this one, because there were about 100 departure cities on this list!

Wichita to Siciliy 

If you know someone in Wichita, Kansas (ICT) who's dreaming of an Italian getaway in 2024, get them on the phone! This fare was still alive as of this writing. The same goes for this stunning fare from Kalamazoo, Michigan (AZO) to Croatia next year.

Kalamazoo to Zagreb 

Again, it's hard for us to find cheap flights to Sicily and Croatia from New York City most of the time, but this deal touched so much of Delta's network that you could score a low fare from even the regional airports of Western Michigan, too!

Both of these itineraries are at least half-off the usual price. It's a great time to live in a small city if Europe is on your mind for 2024.


Using your Points and Miles

What's better than deeply discounted airfare? Points and miles deals from your home airport.

Delta SkyMiles flash sale to Europe 

This Delta SkyMiles flash sale to Europe priced most flights at just 32,000 SkyMiles roundtrip no matter where in the U.S. you're flying from, whether it's a major hub like Atlanta (ATL) or a tiny airport like Bismarck, North Dakota (BIS) or Butte, Montana (BTM).

Delta doesn't always advertise its best sales, but when we unearth award deals like this we alert our members right away. And this one was particularly amazing: Use 32,000 SkyMiles (and between $60 and $200 in taxes and fees) on a trip to almost anywhere you want in Europe, and get free parking at your home airport to boot.


South America, Too!

Europe is clearly the most fertile example of this trend, but don't sleep on South America. In the past few months, we've dug up nationwide deals for flights to Chile, Ecuador, Peru, and many more.

Our latest and greatest example included dozens and dozens of small regional airports in the U.S. with service to Bogotá, Colombia (BOG).

Bogota Colombia 

If you're based in Billings, Montana (BIL), you might be a little too used to starting at $800+ roundtrip fares down to Bogotá. Until now…that is.


Bottom Line

Just because you don't live near a major international airport, doesn't mean you can't get major savings on your next flight to some of the best destinations on the planet.

There's an undeniable trend in airfare right now: Smaller, regional airports are seeing lower, better fares.

Sign up for cheap flight alerts and start getting instant notification of the next flight deals we find from your home airport … for free!


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  • Any change you’ll add Santa Rosa CA (STS) to you list or are we too small. I haven’t seen our airport listed on any notices

    • Hi Jerry, we’d be happy to add STS to our list! When you subscribe, shoot us a reply to the Welcome email and we’ll add it 🙂 We’d definitely recommend adding other nearby airports to your flight deal preferences, just to be sure you don’t miss out on any! https://thriftytraveler.com/premium

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