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Looking for great deals on flights for your next getaway? Folks living in certain cities may have better luck!
Find out where in the US you can find more cheap flights!
Which Is the Best City for Low-Cost Flights?
Here are 4 cities I think have a good shot at the #1 spot!
1. Washington, DC (Baltimore)
Folks in the Washington, DC (Baltimore) area have an excellent chance of finding a bargain on a getaway flight!
Folks with the Companion Pass get amazing 2-for-1 deals. And those cheap flights come with 2 free checked bags and a friendly cancellation policy.
Low-cost airline Allegiant is adding 6 new flights out of Baltimore to cities like Savannah and Cincinnati.
And with service to Iceland and other parts of Europe on WOW Air, there are lots of low-cost fares. WOW Air has offered $99 one-way flights from Baltimore to places like Amsterdam, Dublin, or Paris! I enjoyed flying with them on my trip to Reykjavik.
Norwegian and WOW Air can be good options if you want to mix-and-match paid and award flights overseas. They don’t charge more for a 1-way flight like some other airlines do, so it’s affordable to book a paid flight in 1 direction, then use points on another airline to fly back.
Spirit also flies to Baltimore. And Frontier has service in the Washington, DC, area (Dulles and Reagan National airports).
2. New York City
The Big Apple has 3 major airports. All the competing flights sometimes leads to good deals.
New York has frequent sales to Europe in coach on United Airlines, Delta, American Airlines, Air Berlin, and more! Plus La Compagnie has affordable Business Class flights from Newark to Paris and London.
If you follow The Flight Deal, you’ll notice frequent sales from New York airports. You can often book these sale fares using Citi ThankYou or Chase Ultimate Rewards points, so that’s another option for Big Travel with Small Money!
You can also often find good deals from New York to the Caribbean on JetBlue.
From New York – JFK you can also get low-cost flights on Norwegian Airlines to Martinique, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and more!
And Southwest serves both New York – LaGuardia and Newark airports.
For ultra-budget travel, you can fly Frontier and Spirit from New York’s LaGuardia airport, too.
Chicago residents are also fortunate to not have to spend a fortune! That’s because they have the most daily and non-stop Southwest flights to most major US cities, Cancun, Montego Bay, and more!
I love Southwest because everyone gets 2 free checked bags and you can change or cancel your flight without penalty.
Plus, you can save ~50% off the retail cost of any Southwest paid or award flight if you have the Southwest Companion Pass!
Plus, Frontier Airlines is moving the majority of their flights out of Denver to Chicago. While Frontier Airlines charges lots of fees, you can get fantastic deals if you can pack light!
The same goes for Spirit. Watch out for their fees!
Boston has some interesting flight options, especially if you like to travel to Europe!
WOW Air and Norwegian offer low-cost service to Iceland, the UK, and beyond. When tickets go on sale, you can snag an incredible deal (but watch out for extra fees, as always).
You can also fly non-stop to the French Caribbean on Norwegian (Guadeloupe and Martinique) on Norwegian. I’ve seen fares as low as $49 1-way!
And if you’re booking with miles and points, remember the cheapest way to fly to Europe is from Boston to Dublin on Aer Lingus using British Airways Avios points. You’ll pay just 12,500 British Airways Avios points 1-way in coach!
So you could fly 1-way on a paid ticket, and return on an award ticket very cheaply between Boston and Dublin!
If you’d rather stick closer to home, Southwest and Spirit also fly from Boston.
Pay for Your Cheap Flight With the Right Card!
By paying with a card that earns bonus miles or points with airlines, you can save even more on your flight with a budget airline!
Note: Allegiant charges up to $8 each way if you pay with a credit card. So you may want to pay with a debit card. But you’ll be forfeiting trip delay insurance and baggage protection you get with certain credit cards.
- Premier Rewards Gold Card From American Express – 3X American Express Membership Rewards points when booking directly with airlines
- The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN – 3X American Express Membership Rewards points for booking directly with airlines when you choose this as your 3X category (otherwise 2X points)
- Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard – 2.1% back
when you redeem for $100+ travel purchases
- Chase Sapphire Preferred – 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on travel
- Citi Prestige Card – 3X Citi ThankYou points on airfare
- Citi ThankYou Premier Card – 3X Citi ThankYou points on travel
Folks in the Baltimore area have great options for cheap flights! And so do those of y’all in New York, Chicago, and Boston.
Baltimore and Washington, DC, are served by no-frills low-cost carriers Allegiant, Frontier, and Spirit. And there are also lots of departing flights on Southwest!
If that weren’t enough, you can get to Europe and the Caribbean cheaply on Norwegian and WOW Air!
Which do you think is the best US city for cheap flights?
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