The 5 Hottest Flight Deals of January

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Even though many of us were stuck in the cold this past month, it was a hot month for flight deals! We’re doing a roundup of the craziest flight deals we found in the month of January, just in case one of these is on your bucket list for 2019. The prices you’ll see below are real flight deals we’ve found just in the last few weeks.

Many of these deals are already gone, but if you want to get in on the next insane fare, sign up for Thrifty Traveler Premium. Premium subscribers get the heads up immediately on these amazing international flight deals.

Below are just a few of our favorite deals we found this past month — which of these flight deals has you dreaming of your next vacation?


1. Hawaii from $238 Roundtrip

If you were stuck in the Polar Vortex in the Midwest, you were on the lookout for a tropical getaway. We found a whopping five deals to the Hawaiian Islands during January. One of the deals to Hawaii we found on January 28 included departures from over 30 U.S. cities to Kona, Hawaii for as low as $238 roundtrip. Typically, flights to Hawaii cost over $600!


2. Nationwide Sale to ALL of Europe from $247

Think your small town home airport would never get flight deals? Think again! We found several nationwide flash sales to Europe for as low as $247. We found flights even out of smaller airports like Billings, Fargo, Duluth, Fresno, International Falls, Minot, Spokane, Wichita, and 80 more U.S. cities for half the typical airfare price.

If you’re looking to get to Amsterdam, Madrid, Italy, or France this year, we found flight deals for you. This was half off the typical airfare, with availability through the spring and fall.


3. SkyMiles Flash Sales to Asia

Love flying Delta and got some SkyMiles to burn? Premium subscribers that took advantage of one of the SkyMiles flash sales we found this past month didn’t have to pay much to fly halfway around the world. We found unadvertised SkyMiles sales to China, South Korea, and Tokyo for half the typical SkyMiles redemption. Our favorite was this sale to Seoul for as low as 50,000 SkyMiles – usually, this route costs 100,000 SkyMiles or $1,500.

Want to fly more comfortably than Economy? Delta’s Premium Select product was available for only 70,000 SkyMiles (normally 150,000 SkyMiles or $2,500).



[NATIONWIDE] Delta SkyMiles Flash Sale to Seoul for 50k R/T (inc’l Premium Select – Was: 100k SkyMiles or $1500)


4. Half Off Fares to Australia from $477

It has been a hot month for flight deals to New Zealand and Australia! We found seven great deals to Australia and New Zealand, including some rare peak summer availability to Australia from over 20 U.S. cities. If you’re looking to save some serious bucks on your flights to Australia or New Zealand, let us help.


5. The Mistake Fare 2-4-1: Business Class to New Zealand AND Australia

We saved the best for last! If you want to fly like royalty in lie-flat seats on one of the longest flights in the world, you could have taken advantage of the mistake fare to Australia in Business Class on Air New Zealand. You could also work in a stopover in New Zealand for free and make this a two-for-one trip. This business class ticket would usually cost you $7,000, but was just $1,491 (normally $7k).

Curious what a mistake fare is? Read our explanation of what mistake fares are, why they happen, and why you need to book one.


…and much, much more.

We found more than 80 international flight deals this past month alone, and are busy finding the flight deals of tomorrow, now! Here’s a look at some of the other 76 flight deals we found this past month:

  • 24 cities to Lima, Peru from $399
  • 27 cities to Anchorage, Alaska from $205
  • 20 cities to Athens, Greece from $496
  • 50+ cities to San Juan, Puerto Rico from $155
  • 3 cities to Nadi, Fiji for $549
  • 60+ cities to Nassau, Bahamas from $234
  • 20 cities to Scandinavia from $299
  • 40 cities to Beijing & Shanghai, China from $368
  • 25 cities to St. Thomas, USVI from $182
  • 9 cities to Dublin, Ireland from $290
  • 20 cities to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for $382

If any of these destinations are on your 2019 bucket list, it’s time to join Premium and save $250 to $500 or much more on your next flight.


Bottom Line

If the cheap international flights we found in January are any indication of how 2019 will look for flight deals, we’re in for an awesome year of travel. All of these deals were discovered by our team and sent out to Thrifty Traveler Premium subscribers. If you’re looking for half-off airfare to these cities and more, subscribe to Thrifty Traveler Premium and get instant notification of the international flight deals we find.


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