If you thought 2023 was a travel year to remember, you haven't seen anything yet.
The past few months of flight deals have been nothing short of spectacular, meaning that travelers are going to be flying on the cheap all over the world in 2024. The deals have been hitting Thrifty Traveler Premium subscribers' inboxes in rapid succession, so I felt we needed to take a step back and designate the very best of the best.
From mistake fares to lie-flat business – and even first! – class seats flying all over the globe, these are the best flight deals we've found for a trip in 2024 (so far).
Mistake Fares to London and Paris
When the airlines miss a digit or place the wrong fare on the wrong flights, it sets off alarm bells at Thrifty Traveler HQ.
The best mistake fare we found this year gave our subscribers ridiculous savings on exactly that.
Our friends at Lufthansa listed these United Polaris Business Class seats at a discount of about $3,000 in many of these cases. When the airlines make mistakes like this, just take the deal and say “Thank you!”
It was a memorable one, and we heard from tons of subscribers who booked a winter trip to Europe using this sizzling deal.
The same goes for another mistake fare we sent this year: Nonstop from New York (JFK) to Paris (CDG) for $229 roundtrip!
This deal did not last long – just a matter of hours when it was all said and done. But we heard from tons of members who grabbed these seats for the cost of a weekend trip to Chicago!
You probably won't stumble upon a mistake fare searching for flights on your own, but that's what Thrifty Traveler Premium is for. We search every day for the best deals on airfare and when we come across a mistake fare, we notify our subscribers to book it right away.
Rare Delta One and United Polaris Award Space
One of the hallmarks of a Thrifty Traveler Premium membership is our ability to find business class award space. You have the points, but finding the ways to use them can be difficult when you're seeking coveted seats like Delta One Business Class or United Polaris Business Class.
This year, however, we've successfully hunted down rare award space on both airlines.
This Delta One deal delighted members who could find their way to New York (JFK). The best way to book Delta One is through Virgin Atlantic, which only prices the seats at 50,000 points each way…if you can find them.
We get asked about Delta One all the time, and the same goes for United Polaris Business Class. We've got you there, too!
This United Polaris deal was special. It wasn't as much to a specific destination as it was for every single worldwide route featuring United Polaris seats.
Yeah…read that again. All of the seats were made available for points bookings all at once. We've never seen anything like it and haven't again since.
Not all of our deals are that widespread, but they all contain tons of insane value. Exhibit A: This United Polaris deal flying to India.
In a normal year, this might have been the craziest deal we found. Nearly every airport with United service was able to book this deal with quick connections to New Delhi (DEL).
Flying in the opposite direction, we dug up some Polaris availability to Australia, too.
United's Los Angeles (LAX) to Brisbane (BNE) route, along with its three other routes to Australia from San Francisco (SFO) were all made available for travel in 2024 a few months ago. For a 13 or 14-hour flight to Australia, this uber-comfy business class seat might be exactly what the doctor ordered.
Delta One and United Polaris are two business classes we get asked about all the time, and for travelers eyeing a trip in 2024, we delivered.
Lie-Flat Business Class All Over the World
The U.S. airlines aren't the only ones with fancy business classes you can book using your points and miles, though. In fact, some airlines in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East have far superior lie-flat offerings for travelers – and typically at better rates, too.
Delta partner Air France is one of them. Its beautiful business class seats are a wonderful ride across the Atlantic, but this flight deal was so much more than a comfy seat.
This deal included wide-open availability during the Paris Olympics! When economy fares to Paris during the Olympics are nearing $1,200 or even $1,500, this business class availability carries immense value.
We thought we'd never see peak summer business class availability during the Paris Olympics. And after we found the Air France deal, we thought we'd seen it all.
TAP Air Portugal had something to say, though.
With a quick connection in Lisbon (LIS), you can fly lie-flat across the Atlantic in TAP's Business Class, too. Arriving at the Olympics in style like this was something we never thought we'd see…twice!
Just a few days ago, we found this Qatar Airways QSuites available from all of Qatar's U.S. gateways to the Middle East and beyond. Thanks to Qatar's huge international network, the world was your oyster with this deal, which you could have booked from just 70,000 American Airlines miles each way.
Doha, Qatar (DOH) is a long way from the U.S., so a lie-flat seat can make a huge difference in your journey.
The same goes if you're traveling to Australia. Luckily, there's Australia-based Qantas.
Instead of those impossibly classy-looking models in the photo above, that could be you next year! This Qantas award availability in both business class and first class was sublime. The first class availability was especially rare.
If Qantas business or first class is the best way to Australia, EVA Air probably takes the same crown for flights to Southeast Asia.
This show-stopping EVA Air business class deal we sent to our subscribers a few months ago featured all of EVA's U.S. airports with service to Taipei (TPE) and beyond. Bali, Bangkok, the Philippines and the rest of the region could all be reached starting at just 88,000 points each way.
An upstart with a sweet-looking lie-flat seat of its own might be trying to EVA's throne, though.
Starlux Airlines debuted these swanky seats earlier this year and we found some staggering availability on Starlux flights bookable through Alaska Airlines for 2024.
New Zealand – another super-long-haul flight away from the U.S. – is a great candidate for lie-flat seats like this one. Savvy travelers probably picked up on something strange here, though…that's not an Air New Zealand seat…
You're right! These planes are on loan from Cathay Pacific, which has a much nicer business class than the usual Air New Zealand planes. Flying three times a week between Auckland (AKL) and Houston (IAH), it's giving travelers a fantastic new opportunity to fly the seat nonstop to New Zealand. We were watching it like hawks and were ecstatic to send the availability to our members.
The same goes for this rare availability to Mauritius.
OK, raise your hand if you've never heard of Mauritius. I'm right there with you. The scenic, tropical, and crazy remote island of Mauritius is possibly the coolest honeymoon I could imagine. And you can get there flying Germany-based Condor Airlines, which just unveiled a sneakily great business class of its own.
We touched nearly every corner of the globe with lie-flat business class seats for travel next year with our Premium deals this year. And we're just getting started.
Sub-$500 Roundtrip Flights to Europe
Business class is a great way to get around, but a cheap economy flight to fuel your travels is what most travelers need.
Lately, the best value in air travel has been to Europe, where prices dropped precipitously throughout the months of October and November, culminating in this deal featuring roundtrip flights to Europe from just $273.
I know what you're thinking: “These fares must be on ultra-low-cost carriers or crappy airlines.”
You're wrong. Only American, Delta, and United and their European partners on this one. In fact, more than 90% of our deals feature the mainline carriers and their partners. We only feature budget airlines when we've flown them and can vouch for the experience.
I wouldn't blame you if you thought these prices were on budget carriers, though.
From Bristol, Tennessee (TRI) to Akron, Ohio (CAK), this deal touched all corners of the country, too.
Plus, the European destinations featured on this deal and more than dozen more we sent over the last two months weren't too shabby either! Whether you wanted a nonstop flight to London (LHR), a more far-flung excursion to Turkey or Greece, or a getaway to Spain or Portugal, the deals spanned far and wide.
The destination we get asked about most often, however, is Italy. And wouldn't you know it…
If you ever see a sub-$400 or sub-$500 flight deal to Italy, run – don't walk – to book that bad boy! From Sicily to Venice and Rome, Italy deals have been electric lately.
Long before this latest Europe cheap flights bonanza, a different deal to the United Kingdom stopped us in our tracks.
This deal is, frankly, inexplicable.
East Coasters got the best of this one. Flights this cheap to the smallest U.K. airports like this just don't come around very often. Plus, this deal was flying Delta and its European partners. Again, no budget airlines, here!
Delta SkyMiles Flash Sales
Using your points and miles to fly business class is a fantastic value, but there are also some stellar ways to fly across the Atlantic or Pacific in economy using your hard-earned points and miles, and you need much fewer of them to do so.
Delta SkyMiles Flash Sales are the best example of this. While your SkyMiles are essentially useless if you want to fly up front, they carry outsized value when flying economy if you can jump on these short-lived sales.
This deal featured nearly every Delta airport in the U.S. with connecting service to Europe for just 32,000 SkyMiles roundtrip!
From Athens (ATH) to Madrid (MAD), this deal was your ticket abroad in 2024 if you want to fly Delta.
It seems like Europe gets all the fun. But when it comes to Delta SkyMiles Flash Sales, Delta loves sprinkling a little value on the other side of the world, too.
Take those SkyMiles to Hobbiton with a roundtrip to Auckland, New Zealand (AKL) instead! This may have been our most popular deal of the year. We heard from dozens and dozens of Thrifty Traveler Premium members who booked this flash sale for a trip this January, February, or March.
Don't let someone tell you that the only way to use points and miles is on a lie-flat seat. You can go incredibly far using incredibly few miles if you hunt down the best flash sales. Or better yet, let us do it for you!
For travelers with Mexico on their minds, Thrifty Traveler Premium has more than enough deals to keep your calendar chock full of trips south of the border.
This year, we featured sub-$400 fares to Cancún (CUN), Puerto Vallarta (PVR), Cabo (SJD), Mexico City (MEX), and Cozumel (CZM) among others. It was another banner year for Mexico travel so it was hard to choose our favorite deals. But I had to try!
If you have a few Delta SkyMiles, this deal could get you to Cancún (CUN) for just the cost of the taxes and fees!
For some travelers, the allure of kicking back at a Cancún all-inclusive resort and sipping drinks by the pool is the ideal vacation. But for others, more adventure and Mexican culture is what you want from a vacation instead. For the later, may I recommend Oaxaca (OAX).
A mezcal-soaked excursion through southern Mexico is perfect for the foodie in your life. These sub-$400 fares to OAX are rare. It had been years since we found fares this low. And if you live in Dallas (DFW), you didn't even need to take a connection.
Unlike Oaxaca, you've probably already heard of Tulum, the Mexican hotspot south of Cancún. But if you balked at the 90-minute drive from CUN down to Tulum, you might have written the trip off.
There's a better way. Tulum now has its own airport! Tulum Airport (TQO) will begin service on Mexican carriers in December and then open to U.S. airlines in March, giving travelers a way to fly straight there.
And wouldn't you know it, the deals followed!
This flight deal, flying Delta, would put you straight in Tulum with one quick stop in Atlanta (ATL).
Domestic Flights from $97 RT
You don't need to cross an ocean – or even dust off your passport – to book insanely valuable flight deals, though. Here in the U.S., our domestic flight network is impressive, and with so much competition, cheap domestic flights pop into Premium members' inboxes all the time!
If you wanted to go to Chicago, for instance, all you needed was $97 to snag this deal.
These insanely cheap flights came about as a result of a fare war. Rather than lose customers to yet another Southwest Airlines sale, American slashed prices to Chicago-Midway (MDW) – and we found them right away.
If Delta is more your speed, the airline ran a similarly cheap sub-$100 sale on its nonstop flights to the U.S. Southeast from its northern hubs of Detroit (DTW) and Minneapolis (MSP) this year.
Our Thrifty Traveler Premium subscribers had them within minutes.
And the deal didn't stop there, either. The very next day, more routes went on sale, and our subscribers were the first to know about them.
For the next domestic deal, let's head to the Caribbean. That's right: You don't need a passport to visit the Caribbean if you head to Puerto Rico.
This San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) flight deal featured some stunning sub-$200 roundtrip fares from all over the U.S.
Travelers in cities like Cleveland (CLE), Lubbock (LBB), Milwaukee (MKE), and all the way to San Diego (SAN) were all treated to this amazing deal.
You don't have to go far to see the savings start to pile up with a Thrifty Traveler Premium membership.
If 2024 travel is on your radar, we have great news! Flight deals for 2024 have been unbelievable the last few months, and we're just getting started.
Whether you want a lie-flat seat to Australia, a points and miles deal to Europe from 24,000 points, or a sub-$100 roundtrip domestic flight, Thrifty Traveler Premium has the deals to get you traveling in 2024.