From Fort Myers to Mexico all the way over to Ireland, flight prices for March and April are low … if you know where (and when) to look. This is your sign: It's time to start looking at flights and booking your 2023 spring break trip.
No matter when your spring break falls, we have some tips to make sure you book an ideal spring break trip with fewer hassles – and for fewer dollars. Don't worry, it's not too late to snag cheap spring break flights.
Our Thrifty Traveler Premium flight deal team finds tons of cheap spring break flights all year long, and we're ready to pass on what we know. Many of the deals we've sent over the last few months have strong availability in March and April, but as we continue through winter, we expect those low rates to climb. That means that right now is the best time to find those great March and April fares for a spring break trip.
According to Google Flights data, on average, the best time to book your spring break flights is somewhere between 23 and 59 days before travel. So if your spring break is in March, you're likely already in that booking window!
Here's where to look for your 2023 spring break.
The Best Options for a Cheap Spring Break Trip
Spring break 2022 was still mostly clouded by COVID-19 restrictions, but spring break 2023 is wide open again. Across the globe, travel restrictions have disappeared. You can think as big as you want this year!
Yet many traveling families like staying a little closer to home during spring break. Lucky for them, we've found tons of great options for those travelers this year.
Best Domestic Destinations for Spring Break
If you're looking to explore these beautiful United States, you're in luck. Domestic flight prices are dropping for March and April, and these destinations are great examples of that.
Does Fort Myers, Florida sound pretty good right about now? It does to me, too. And a cheap flight to southwest Florida isn't too hard to find for March and April spring break flights either. Just look at these fares and that list of cities, too!
On a long list of sub-$200 flights, the lowest fare in this deal is for our friends in NYC who could fly down to Fort Myers (RSW) for just $128 roundtrip!
But Florida isn't the only option for spring breakers this year. A really great option for a Cherry Blossom-adorned getaway during the springtime is in Washington, D.C. We loved this flight deal for spring breaking families and those looking to take in arguably the best season in our capital.
Flights to DC don't get much cheaper than this $98 fare from Orlando (MCO) straight into Washington, D.C.-Reagan (DCA), just a cab or Metro ride away from the best of the city.
This flight deal is gone now – get dibs on the next one with Thrifty Traveler Premium!
The capital or the beach works for many, but powder seekers like myself look for an early spring break ski trip. A cheap flight to Jackson Hole (JAC) is the perfect way to start.
March tends to be the peak ski season in Jackson, where they routinely get powder days and have the entire mountain open for skiers and riders of all levels. And with fares like these, getting up into the Tetons is cheap!
Thrifty Tip: Planning lots of ski trips this year? Check out our guide comparing the Ikon vs Epic Pass to see which is better to save on lift tickets!
Finally, let's look at a domestic getaway that is particularly fun in March, especially for sports fans: Las Vegas (LAS). You won't need a dime to get there – just a few thousand Delta SkyMiles.
That's right, just 8,000 Delta SkyMiles to fly nonstop to Las Vegas and back. This was one of our favorite Delta SkyMiles flash sales we've sent to Thrifty Traveler Premium+ members recently – especially since it included a trip during March Madness. Go visit the Circa Stadium Swim (pictured above) and gamble on the tournament while wading in the pool under the spring desert sun.
Best International Destinations for Spring Break
Set on traveling internationally? If Mexico, the Caribbean, or another international destination is on your spring break short list this year, we have the flight deals to get you there.
Mexico is close to home but regularly sees eye-popping fares over spring break as families flock to the beach. But it doesn't have to be that way: We've seen cheap flights to Mexico dip below $250 roundtrip through the spring!
Cabo San Lucas, on the tip of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico, is an ideal spring break trip. And for just $220 roundtrip, it's getting harder and harder to dig up excuses to not go…
And the same goes for the other side of Mexico in Cancún (CUN). This deal on nonstop Delta flights to Cancun could save you hundreds of dollars on a spring break trip this year. But here's the catch: This deal isn't for Delta SkyMiles. It's for booking Delta with Virgin Atlantic points – and not very many of them!
The same fares using Delta SkyMiles can be closer to 40,000 or 50,000 roundtrip! Turn to some credit card points instead and book your nonstop Delta flights to Mexico for half the cost!
Why not make spring break 2023 the year you head to Europe for a weeklong trip? Flights to Ireland don't get much cheaper than this.
St. Paddy's Day cheap flights are out there, and if your spring break lines up with it, you could be in for an Irish celebration like no other – and do it without breaking the bank. From Los Angeles (LAX) to Washington, D.C. (IAD), you could grab one of these cheap Aer Lingus fares from coast-to-coast with wide open March and April availability.
Elsewhere in Europe, we've got a rare, two cities for the price of one deal for a soccer (err, football) fan in your life.
Icelandair is one of our favorite airlines, partially because of the excellent Iceland stopover program, allowing you to turn your layover into a weekend (or a full week) in Iceland. This deal was especially sweet. Take a look at this example fare and tell me this trip wouldn't be incredible – especially if there's a Manchester United or Manchester City home game on the bucket list.
Let's stay in Europe for our next idea, and this one's a little more simple: Why not spring break in Paris? It may not cost you much this year …
Get dirt-cheap domestic and international fares like this one sent straight to you with Thrifty Traveler Premium!
This deal is gone now, but it helped travelers from more than 100 U.S. cities get to Paris and back for under $600 roundtrip this spring. That included this amazing nonstop fare from Chicago-O'Hare (ORD) to Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG).
Any of those Europe deals would be a sweet, sweet spring break for you, your spouse, or the whole family. But this next one was one of our favorite spring break deals we've ever sent.
Spring break in Santorini is the stuff of legends. This deal from New York City (both JFK and EWR) offered some of the lowest Greek Islands fares we've ever seen.
Tips to Find Cheap Spring Break Flights
Not sold on any of these deals? Can't find the price you want for a cheap spring break escape? Don't worry, we can help.
Use Google Flights Explore
If you're open to going anywhere a cheap flight will take you this spring, there's one tool that's fit for the job: Google Flights Explore.
Google Flights is the best travel search engine out there. But this special, little-known feature takes it to the next level, helping you find cheap flights no matter where you want to go. It's perfect for those times when you want to get out of town, but don't care where you're heading … so long as it's cheap.
Using the Explore feature, your search can be as broad as you'd like – anywhere in the world – or limit it to the U.S. – or even a specific state. You can dial in your dates for a specific period, or keep it more open like “a week in March.”
Thrifty Tip: Have a specific time frame you need to travel? Enter it, but be sure to watch for alerts from Google because shifting your flights by just a day or two can save you big bucks.
We love this feature because Google still gives you the power to set the ground rules while also showing you tons of destinations you may have never considered. Here’s a look at how to use Google Flights Explore to book a cheap Spring Break getaway.
Simply navigate to the Google Flights homepage at www.google.com/flights, click the Menu button and click the “Explore Map.” Or just type “flights.google.com/explore” into your web browser.
Google Flights Explore looks and operates much like Google Flights itself. The beauty of Google Flights Explore Map is just how much it lets you, well, explore. Begin by typing in your home airport if it hasn’t auto-populated for you.
To start, leave the destination box blank and hit search to explore all your options.
From there, you can type in any range of dates, or keep it wide open. For a spring break getaway, you could type the exact dates you want to be gone, or choose “Flexible dates” and select “Weekend in March,” for example. Then just drag the map to see prices to fly to cities around the country – or even around the world!
You can similarly tailor your destination. It can be as broad as “The United States of America” or “Europe” or as specific as a given state or city. Either type in the area in the destination bar or drag the map to cover the area you want to search.
The results will change as you move the map. If you need some heat in the southern U.S. but don’t care where you find it, just zoom in on that area and see what flights pop up.
Got specific dates you want to travel for spring break? No problem: you can still use the Explore feature. Simply choose your desired dates, and let the search continue. Just remember: flexibility with dates means cheaper flights!
Read up about our Flight First Rule on how to save more on flights!
Once you’ve zeroed in on a destination, click on the result. You can find the specific flights and even play around with the schedule to see if there are better dates at the same or similar prices.
Spring break is just around the corner. Whether you want to head for the hills or find your beach this spring, now is the time to book your trip and lock in that low fare.
Take our advice and use Google Flights Explore to find and book cheap flights to anywhere in the world. With few to no restrictions this year, no destination is off the table.
But if you're looking for the cheapest flights of all, give Thrifty Traveler Premium (or Thrifty Traveler Premium+) a shot. Trust us: You don't want to miss out on these lowest-ever fares we're seeing for spring break … and all year long.