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Note: All travel is subject to frequently changing governmental restrictions—please check federal, state, and local advisories before scheduling trips.

Are you finally ready to start planning a trip? Well, you’re in luck. Despite high demand for travel, there are still some really great flight bargains out there. CheapTickets compared flight price data to determine which destinations are cheaper this summer compared with summer of 2019. Here are the best deals that came up from May-July 2021, all 25%-30% cheaper compared to two years ago. 

RELATED: What we learned about travel last year that will make 2021 even better


Wynwood | Photo: Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau

While Florida might not be the first destination you think of during the warmer months, Miami is actually nice any time of year, including summer, thanks to fresh ocean breezes and fewer tourists and snowbirds jamming up every attraction. Whether you’re there for Miami Beach’s sandy strands and thumping nightlife or Wynwood’s buzzing art and dining scenes, Miami is calling this summer with average round-trip flight prices of $185, about 30% less than 2019 fares.

Find your Miami hotel right here.


Ask any local: Chicago really comes alive in summer when its hibernating populace starts to peek out into the sunshine and  take full advantage of its gorgeous lakefront and never ending schedule of music, food, and culture festivals (you probably already know Lollapalooza and Pitchfork, but there’s plenty for fans of blues, jazz, gospel and house music, too). When the temperatures rise, seek out the cool comfort of one of the city’s world-class museums such as the Art Institute or the Field Museum, or bask in the sunshine as you take in Chicago’s world renowned architecture on a river cruise. Either way, you haven’t seen Chicago until you’ve explored it in all its summertime glory, and with flight prices averaging around 30% less than 2019, there’s no time like now to start planning your visit.

Find your Chicago hotel right here.

Jackson Hole, WY

Skiing is believing and that’s no doubt why hordes of bums and bunnies alike head to Jackson Hole in winter to ride its powdery slopes. But we say Jackson Hole in summer is even more enticing. Boasting Grand Teton National Park right in its own backyard plus famed Yellowstone a mere hour away (save money with a National Parks pass!), Jackson Hole in summer becomes a mecca for YOLO adventures like hiking, BMX biking, para gliding, fly fishing, rock climbing, gondola rides, al fresco wining and dining, and much more. Plus, what’s not to love about blue skies and 70s, dreamy 10pm sunsets, and flights averaging 30% less than they did two years ago?

Find your Jackson Hole hotel right here.

Los Angeles


A city so big it’s like getting 10 vacations in one, it’s hard to imagine a fantasy going unfulfilled in sunny L.A. Join the queues for morning coffee in East Side hipster nabes like Loz Feliz and Silver Lake, grab a paddle and kayak along the LA River, gawk at celebs while working up a sweat in Runyon Canyon, drive the coast (top down, of course) and stop for snacks and sandos and Malibu County Mart along the way, swoop up the city’s best bargains at the sprawling Melrose Trading Post, and plop down on a beach somewhere and watch surfers ride waves as the sun drops into the dreamy Pacific. All this, plus flights averaging 30% less than they did this time two years ago.

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New York City


True, Broadway is still dark and will continue to be until at least September, but imagine how you’ll spend the extra money saved. As in taking a spin around the glitter-filled rink at the retro Dreamland Roller Rink in Prospect Park, scooping up the city’s best bargains at the weekly Chelsea Flea, having a lick of a dipped Salty Pimp soft serve swirl at Big Gay Ice Cream, and sunbathing among the perfectly pierced and tattooed at the People’s Beach at Jacob Riis Beach Park. Perhaps you’ll even time your visit to experience Manhattanhenge, that rare summer event during which the setting sun aligns with Manhattan’s east-west grid creating a photo op like no other. All this and it’s a bargain getting there. Flight prices to NYC are 25% less expensive than they were two years ago.

Find your New York City hotel right here.


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One thing about folks from Minneapolis is that no matter where they go in the world, many often end up putting roots down back in town, and that’s because the Twin Cities are a great place to live—and visit. Take all the outdoor recreation that its 22 lakes offer, and combine that with a great civic reverence for culture that’s apparent in museums such as the Walker Art Center, the Frank Gehry-designed Weisman Art Museum or the historic Mill City Museum, and what you have is a well-rounded—yet underlauded—city that makes for the perfect summer destination. And with flights averaging 25% less than last year, now’s the time to start planning where you’ll get your Minneapolis-famous eats like the Juicy Lucy or Vietnamese pho.

Find your Minneapolis hotel right here.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

With snowbird and tourist season over for the most part, you’ll get to know the real Fort Lauderdale in summer. Hit any of its gorgeous beaches for fun in the sun, or board a boat for cool breezes (the water taxi tour of Millionaire’s Row makes for a nice peek into the lifestyles of the rich and famous). When you need a culture break, or a great bite to eat, head to the FAT Village Arts District, where the Sistrunk Market food hall offers delicious bites; then take a walk around the neighborhood to admire its colorful murals. In terms of airfares, Fort Lauderdale usually costs quite a bit less its neighboring airports, but at the time of writing, flights were averaging about $155, around 25% less than normal.

Find your Fort Lauderdale hotel right here. 


Hotel Clermont

If you’re wondering to yourself, “Why do I love Atlanta so much?,” chances are good that at the time you’re thinking this, you’re enjoying rooftop cocktails at the chic Hotel Clermont, strolling the excellent Beltline, thrifting for treasures at Junkman’s Daughter, or enjoying exotic eats along the Buford Highway. The hottest city in the South offers a lot more than just the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola (though do check both out), but it’s just as enjoyable to idyll away an afternoon in Piedmont Park, enjoy the smorgasbord of eateries at Krog Street Market, and shopping both the indie stores and familiar chains contained within the Ponce City Market. It’s all a lot easier to do right now thanks to airfares averaging $180—that’s 25% cheaper than they were two years ago!

Find your Atlanta hotel right here. 



Philly roundtrip flights for $170? Yet another reason to visit the City of Brotherly Love! Day one: Check off tourist highlights like running up the “Rocky Steps,” ogling the Liberty Bell, and increasing your calorie count with a Philly cheesesteak (from either Geno’s or Pat’s King, of course). Devote day two to digging deeper. Grab a morning coffee and dooughnut (and some fried chicken!) at Federal Donuts. Next, check out the creepy Mütter Museum, devoted to antique medical devices, wax sculptures and osteological specimens. Fishtown is the city’s hipster hub so spend an afternoon wandering its trendy streets, including a caffeine fix at La Columbe, lunch at NYC barbecue import Fette Sau, and happy hour cocktails at Front Street Cafe. Don’t forget to stroll South Street Bridge for dreamy sunsets and skyline views.

Find your Philly hotel right here.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Old San Juan

The colorful buildings in Old San Juan. Photo: Cogito Ergo Imago – Flickr.

If you’re looking for paradise without a passport, this is it. America’s Caribbean territory offers crystal waters lapping gorgeous beaches, majestic mountains, and rainforest waterfalls—everything you’d expect in a tropical getaway. Plus, it’s an easy escape since the currency is the U.S. dollar and most phone plans don’t charge extra fees in P.R. Whether you’re looking to explore Old San Juan’s colorful colonial architecture, Spanish fortresses and happening nightlife, or you plan on making a beeline for the beach, now’s the time go with air fares hovering around $215 at the time of writing, down 25% compared to the same time in 2019.

Find your San Juan hotel right here.

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Note: All travel is subject to frequently changing governmental restrictions—please check federal, state and local advisories before scheduling trips.

Right before COVID-19 struck, the travel industry was the second-fastest growing sector in the world (after manufacturing) and contributed nearly $9 trillion to the global economy. That all changed this spring, however, as stay-at-home orders took effect and countless vacations were canceled around the world. But as the freeze on both domestic and even global travel begins to thaw, travel is making its way back—though it may not look the same as you remember it. As you’re looking forward to planning a trip this summer or fall, you can expect these six key experiences to be different.

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Vacation rentals

If there’s one facet of travel that’s fared better than others, it’s this one. That’s probably because longer-stay vacation rentals, which you can book directly with CheaptTickets, host fewer visitors than hotel rooms on average, and there are fewer common spaces to share with other guests. Vacationers also have more control of the cleanliness of their accommodations, and you can expect heightened cleaning standards and more generous cancellation policies before booking your next stay. Although some regions are still closed to vacation rentals, there has been a surge in bookings this summer as people seek a safer escape from home.

Hotels and resorts

When lockdowns first began, many hotels reported fewer than 5% occupancy rates. Although those numbers have slowly risen, most hotels are still pulling out all the stops in terms of making guests feel safe and confident about their stays. How are they doing this? Free sack lunches have replaced breakfast buffets, pool deck chairs have been spaced out, and room cleanings and sanitations have been doubled, according to some reports. In fact, Marriott and Hilton, the world’s largest hoteliers, are now using ultraviolet lights and electrostatic sprayers during housekeeping to kill bacteria and viruses from guest rooms.

Theme parks

On a recent visit to Lagoon, a Utah theme park that was one of the first in the country to reopen, visitors experienced uber clean bathrooms, hand sanitizer stations everywhere, and a lot more park attendants than normal. That said, reservations, social distancing guidelines and face masks are required, so your visit won’t be like it was before. The upside is that park capacities are being seriously restricted now, which means you can do a lot more rides in less time than before.

National Parks

The good news is all are open again. The bad news: Many of the most popular areas are still closed, restricted or with limited access (i.e. pedestrian or biker access only). The Grand Canyon, for example, only recently opened the popular Canyon Rim Trail, after months of closure. Similarly, many visitor centers, museums and amenities remained closed around the nation. Nevertheless, many parks are reporting higher than normal crowds. Before visiting, be sure to visit the specific park website for the most up to date information.


Although airports and airplanes are no longer the ghost towns they were two months ago, they are nowhere near as crowded as they used to be. To keep customers safe, all major airlines require face masks to fly and now use high efficiency filters to keep cabin air as clean as a hospital. Some, like United, will start using electromagnetic foggers to disinfect planes arriving from abroad. That said, flight routes (especially direct ones) are less than half of what they used to be and schedules are subject to change at any given time as airlines continue to shift their fleets. What’s more, some states such as Hawaii and Maine still require 14-day hotel quarantining or proof of a negative COVID test before entering.

Road trips

If you want the most freedom and isolation, this is still your best bet. Along the way, you are sure to encounter much cleaner public restrooms and a lot of drive-thru dining options just like before (be sure to check local restrictions on indoor/outdoor dining, and pack a mask as many states require them to enter shops and eateries). In terms of booking hotels along the way, CheapTickets lets you read authentic user reviews that include reports on cleanliness and other factors. Also note that in some areas, landmarks and attractions may still be closed to the public, so check before adding a waypoint to your map.

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Blake contributes to fancy publications and Fortune 500 companies as a writer-for-hire and frequent travel columnist. He lives in Provo, Utah with his supportive family and loyal dog.
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Do you consider yourself a master flier? Sailing through security without a hitch, you have just enough time to buy a latte and a snack before hopping on board. Even if you’ve been on more flights than you can count, we bet you didn’t notice these hidden secrets and tricks of the friendly skies!

RELATED: How to fly basic economy and win

There are mirrors in the overhead bins

Airplane landing in Pescara (Italy) airport

After landing, when the seat belt lights turn off to signal permission to get out of your seat, it’s a mad dash to the aisle. When you’re grabbing your carry-on to leave, take a second and look for mirrors. Most overhead bins have these because it helps passengers to see everything—a jacket, a rolled up poster, duty-free purchases—so you’re less likely leave anything behind. It also cuts down on cabin inspection time, so the plane can be prepared for its next flight.

Flight attendants wish you wouldn’t order Diet Coke

As the flight attendant rolls down the aisle, taking orders and queueing up drinks, you may hear a subtle sigh of dismay when Diet Coke is ordered. Why? It takes forever to fizzle down, pour and serve. Because the airplane cabin is pressurized to 8,000 feet rather than to sea level, it adds more bubbles than normal. One flight attendant revealed she’ll often take other orders while she waits for the DC to be ready to drink. 

Pilots and copilots eat different meals

Hand-luggage compartment with suitcases in airplane. Carry-on luggage on top shelf of plane. Travel concept with copy space.

Bad news for picky pilots: They can’t always have the meal they want. While it isn’t formally regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration, most airlines insist on two different meals for those in charge of the aircraft. Largely, this is due to potential food contamination, and the idea is that if something goes wrong, at least one pilot would be healthy enough to land. It’s a different for every airline but most of the time, the pilot receives their choice from First Class, while the co-pilot picks from the Business menu.

There’s a small latch on the outside of planes to prevent hijackers

In 1971, a man named D.B. Cooper hijacked a flight from Portland to Seattle. After showing what looked like a bomb to a flight attendant, he demanded $200,000, a set of parachutes, and that the crew reroute the flight to Mexico. At some point he jumped out of the plane, and even today, his whereabouts (or remains) are unknown. Since then, on the outside of all plane doors with airstairs, there is a tiny latch called the Cooper Vane, named after the legendary criminal. So even if you accidentally tried to open the cabin door, it wouldn’t actually open since it’s pressed tight via air pressure at take-off. 

There’s a secret button on most aisle seats

Good news for those who prefer the aisle seat: That armrest probably moves! The next time you’re on a flight, place your hand under the armrest, close to the hinge and you’ll likely find a small button. If you push it, the armrest will move! This provides more room for legs, and could be more comfortable for long-haul flights. The reason for this, of course, is safety, should the crew need to move anything oversized through the plane.

There are detachable coat hangers in business class

Interior of airplane with passengers on seats waiting to taik off. Horizontal composition. boring flight in economy class aircraft salon. economy class

Depending on your carrier, your plane may be equipped to fight wrinkles. With Swiss Air Lines, there’s a detachable coat hanger with your seat number on it, so you can hang up your suit, dress or garment for the flight attendants to stow. Most of the time when your ticket class is Business or higher, you can also just ask if the flight attendant will hang your garment for you and stow for safe keeping.

There are black triangles above some windows for safety

Pilots may sometimes ask their flight attendants to check on the wings. Whether due to a flap that’s not functioning correctly or if they are worried about wind, it can sometimes be easier to spot with the naked eye, rather than a camera. If you sit near a wing on your next flight, look for a tiny black triangle above some windows. This indicates the best vantage points for slats and flaps on the wing.

There’s a hidden handrail for flight attendants

Before takeoff and landing, you might watch a flight attendant gracefully scale the aisle, touching underneath each overhead compartment. It might seem like they’re barely touching it but in reality, there’s a scalloped indent that serves as a handrail for turbulence. Super nifty—and helpful!

There’s a reason they dim the lighting during takeoff

Ever wonder why the lights go down when it’s almost time for takeoff? It’s not only to give you great selfie light, rather, it’s a measure taken in case of an emergency. It’s widely known that takeoff and landing are the most dangerous parts of a flight, and the lighting adjusts your eyes and helps you see the floor lighting faster in the event passengers need to exit the aircraft in a hurry.

You won’t see a frequent flier drinking coffee

Or a flight attendant. Or a pilot. There’s a reason for that: You shouldn’t drink the tap water on an airplane, since it is likely filled with bacteria. (Gross.) This is because the water tanks aren’t emptied and cleaned frequently, which can cause gunk to build up. Those who jet-set often will avoid coffee and tea for this very reason—it’s just not sanitary.

That tiny hole in your window isn’t worrisome

Look closely the next time you’re taking that wing and sky photo for the ‘gram, and you’ll see a tiny hole in your window. Don’t worry, it’s not dangerous, and you guessed it—it serves a purpose. They’re called “bleed holes” and they relieve pressure during takeoff, as well as prevent the windows from fogging up during weather conditions.

You can’t get locked in an airplane bathroom

In a split-second of absolute horror, you thought you were trapped in the airplane bathroom. With little space and big smells, it’s terrifying to think you can’t escape. But you can! At least if you call for help from the flight attendant. Underneath the metal plate labeled “lavatory” on most planes, there’s a secret button they can push to free you from your captivity. Phew.

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Hunting for cheap flights? Find ’em right here with our weekly roundup of the best airfares around. This week, we’ve got the spotlight on the just-launched AirTran Airways 72-hour sale!

Travel by AirTran and you can save big on cheap flights from coast to coast, and to island locations like Nassau and San Juan.  Book your flight by May 20, 2010, and  travel through November 10, 2010, for cheap airfares like these:

  • Orlando to Nassau: $88
  • Chicago to Miami: $198
  • New Orleans to Boston: $180

See the AirTran Airways sale for complete terms and conditions.

For additional sales, check out more flight deals now.

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cheap flightsMaybe you don’t get an official Spring Break, but that doesn’t mean you can’t travel. Spring weather makes it a good time of year for vacations to so many places, and cheap flights like these are just another reason to go. Whether you want to see a show in Las Vegas, shop ’til you drop in New York or relax in sunny Hawaii, these cheap flights can get you there.

United sale on Honolulu flights: Honolulu — home to Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head crater, surfing, shopping, nightlife and more. Now, you can get there for less. Book your cheap flight by April 8 for travel through May 23. Check out these sample round-trip airfares:

  • San Francisco to Honolulu: $498
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul to Honolulu: $697
  • Chicago to Honolulu: $708
  • Denver to Honolulu: $638

AirTran big flight sale: Visit family, hit the beach, plan a girls’ getaway in the city — AirTran Airways’ sale has cheap flights to cities across the country. Book by April 2 for travel through November 16. Here’s a sample:

  • Chicago to Miami: $188
  • Boston to Los Angeles: $198
  • New York to Las Vegas: $198
  • San Francisco to New York: $198

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cheap flightsThe AirTran big flight sale has round-trip airfares starting from $88, and today is the last day to save on cheap flights to cities across the U.S. and in the Caribbean.

Cheap flights are your ticket to travel, whether you want a warm-weather vacation or a big-city weekend getaway. Here are some sample sale airfares:

  • Orlando to Nassau: $88
  • New York to San Francisco: $188
  • Chicago to Miami: $178
  • Detroit to San Juan: $196
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul to Washington: $196

These cheap flights are good for travel through November 16, but today is the last day to book tickets.

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Cheap aruba hotels This week's travel deals include a cheap Aruba hotel and Delta Air Lines' cheap sale on summer flights.

Cheap Aruba hotel: Get every third night free at the Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino. This four-star resort is two distinct hotels in one: One, a luxurious adults-only resort; the other a getaway for families and travelers of all ages. The resort features a newly renovated spa and private beaches on Renaissance Island — one for adults and one that's family friendly. 

Cheap flights: Book your ticket by May 18 to take advantage of Delta Air Lines' cheap sale on summer flights. Sample round-trip fares on cheap flights include: Indianapolis to New York: $177; Madison to Baltimore: $151; San Antonio to Memphis: $223. Sale is good for travel through September 14.

See these and more travel deals at the "Cheap of the Week" tab.

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The key to cheap travel is knowing the best time to find cheap flights and cheap hotels. So we created the CheapTickets 2009 Value Travel Forecast, a month-by-month guide of top destinations that offer the most savings for travelers.

To help identify the best budget-friendly travel opportunities for next year, we analyzed hotels booked on CheapTickets from December 2007 to November 2008 and calculated the percentage of savings compared to peak rates.

Here are the winners (and honorable mentions) for 2009:

Italy vacationsJANUARY: 37% savings in New York
In addition to a 37 percent savings on New York hotels compared to peak rates, retailers are buzzing with post-holiday sales, and big-city attractions are easily accessible now that the holiday crowds have come and gone. Visitors can also take advantage of New York City’s Restaurant Week in January, giving them access to some of the city’s best restaurants for a fraction of the price.

Other January cheap vacation destinations: Santa Barbara, CA and Hong Kong

FEBRUARY: 42% savings in Italy
In February, Italy is just starting to come out of its winter cloak, and budget travelers will appreciate the lower airfare and savings of up to 42 percent on Italy hotels when compared to the high season. February visitors can experience one of Italy’s most famous festivals, Carnevale.

Other February cheap vacation destinations: France and Colorado Springs, CO

MARCH: 53% savings in Portland, ME

This historic, seacoast town is filled with galleries, one-of-kind boutiques and incredible restaurants serving everything from creamy clam chowder and lobster rolls to nouvelle New England cuisine.

Other March cheap vacation destinations: Reno, NV and Canada

APRIL: 58% savings in Brazil
In April, the summer surge of tourists in Brazil is complete, which means fewer crowds, but the same great tropical weather.

Other April cheap vacation destinations: Santa Fe, NM and Columbus, GA

Lake tahoe hotels MAY: 38% savings in Lake Tahoe
For those who love the outdoors, Lake Tahoe is the ideal destination in May. The lake is popular for water sports and beach activities, and with 38 percent savings on Lake Tahoe hotels compared to peak winter rates, going during the off-season means affording activities like a guided cruise or dining at the many lake front restaurants.

Other May cheap vacation destinations: Denver, CO and Atlanta, GA

JUNE: 38% savings in Egypt
With 38 percent savings compared to peak rates, June visitors can relax on the wondrous Red Sea or Sinai coasts, take in the high culture of Cairo or even leisurely float down the Egyptian Nile on a river boat.

Other June cheap vacation destinations: Columbia, SC and Dallas, TX

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Smartmoneylogo In a Cheaponomy, you can still enjoy some simple pleasures.

CheapTickets has teamed up to show all the ways you can spend wisely, save, and still leave room for the things that enrich your life — whether it’s travel, shopping or dining out.

Here are some tips and resources to help get you started:

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By Kate Schwartz

Getting the family together has never been more affordable this holiday season. CheapTickets has teamed up with several major airlines to offer cheap flights to destinations across the country and around the world. Whether your holiday travel plans take you to San Francisco or St. Louis, CheapTickets can help you get there for less. Check out these travel deals on airline tickets:

United Airlines wants to bring you home for the holidays. With cheap flights to U.S. destinations starting at $105 round trip, and flights to Canada, United Airlines makes it easy to celebrate with family and friends this holiday season.

Northwest Airlines is slashing prices on all domestic flights. Book by November 26, 2008, to take advantage of round-trip flights from the low $100s.

AirTran Airways is offering cheap prices on domestic airline tickets when you book by November 11, 2008. With no charge for checked baggage, and round-trip flights as low as $105, AirTran Airways and CheapTickets are making holiday travel affordable.

Wherever you travel this holiday season, CheapTickets wants to make sure you get there for less. Check out these sales for cheap flights to hundreds of locations.

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Kate Schwartz is a marketing coordinator for CheapTickets. When
she’s not searching for the best travel deals, she’s out taking
advantage of them!  From hiking the Rockies to lounging on the beaches
of Barcelona, Kate is always looking for adventure.

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