Flights are expensive. I often have enough hotel and car points to get rooms and rentals free, but I’ll still break the bank if I go on the trip because of the flight alone.
The thing is, eventually I wanted to go outside of driving distance. Who doesn’t want to see the world? Luckily, there are certain destinations that are routinely cheaper than others. If you’re able to book early and get the right price, you might get a HUGE break.
1. Chicago: Consistently the cheapest flight price from basically anywhere in the U.S., Chicago is such a mid-country hub that airlines luckily make it easy for virtually anyone to get there. While it’s not the flashiest or biggest city, it does have a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing, especially if you’ve never been!
2. Orlando: Luckily for all us Disney fanatics, Orlando ranks second cheapest for flight prices. This varies greatly depending on the season, but in general, your most biggest costs here will be Disney park tickets themselves.
3. Washington D.C.: Another cheaper option year-round, Washington D.C. is always a solid choice for a visit. There’s tons of history, but it’s also a hopping city if you’re looking for something more current. It’s obviously a political world if you have any interest in that, but even the architecture is fun to tour if you’e not. The cherry blossoms are also gorgeous in the spring!
4. New York City: Oh, NYC. If you’ve never been, get on a plane and check it out at least once. While tickets aren’t as cheap as others on this list, they’re not crazy either. Most flights have a stopover in NYC, making it somewhat feasible to travel to. The city is amazing (albeit expensive) with almost endless things to do.
5. Austin, Texas: Having never been to Austin, I can’t give a personal recommendation, but am told that it’s a fun yet very spiritual city (do those even go together?). I also know that again, many flights have stopovers here, making it generally cheaper; it’s also not a huge destination for leisure travel, so it’s likely to be less expensive than other tourism based cities.
For extra discounts, try using apps that hide your browser location so the airlines don’t check where you’re searching from and hike up the prices (seriously, I’ve saved over $50 this way). Cheers to discounted US travel!