Budget airlines also sometimes have odd flight times, such as arriving or leaving in the middle of the night. It’s inconvenient, but that’s why the flights are so cheap! If money-saving is your priority, the flights are worth it.
Cheapest Places to fly right now: domestic
When considering the cheapest places to fly right now, the first place to look is domestic flights. No matter where in the world you are, flying domestic is almost always cheaper than flying international.
Especially right now, coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic flights in the US are extremely cheap. There are so many cheap places to travel in the US, and you can find cheap flights all over the country.
So if you’re really trying to save money, consider staying local and traveling in the USA.
I found the following flights using Skyscanner:
Boston to Washington DC, NYC, or Miami for around 30 USD
Dallas to Atlanta, New Orleans, or Las Vegas for around 30 USD
Chicago to Phoenix, Fort Lauderdale, or Houston for around 30 USD
Los Angeles to Denver or San Francisco for around 25 USD
So you can travel all over the US for around 30 USD one way. That is so affordable!
All of these flights are with the major US budget airline, Spirit. Spirit has so many low-cost flights that are significantly cheaper than other US airlines such as Delta, United and JetBlue. Those airlines are all great, but their flight prices are more like 100 USD instead of 30 USD.
Most of these flights are in March 2022 as well, as spring is off-season for travel in the USA.
Traveling over Christmas holidays or during summer will lead to more expensive flights.
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I’ve split them into sections based on geography. Generally speaking, flying from the USA to the Caribbean or Central America is the cheapest because those areas are close by.
Europe is cheap to fly to from the east coast USA, and Asia is cheap to fly to from the west coast USA.
Consider taking a cheap domestic flight to an ideal city before flying internationally to further cut costs on travel.
Also, the cheapest international flights usually have stopovers. Direct flights are obviously more desirable, so sometimes they cost more. Especially when flying long distances to Asia or Oceania, 1-2 stopovers is common.
Check out some good deals in the Americas
You can find cheap flights to Central and South America from anywhere in the US. However, the cheapest flights will be from places like Florida or Southern California, simply because they are so close.
Here are some examples of the cheapest places to fly to in the Americas:
Fort Lauderdale to Guatemala: 50 USD in January 2022 with Spirit Airlines
NYC to Puerto Rico: 45 USD in December 2021 with Frontier Airlines
Denver to Colombia, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Mexico
US Virgin Islands: Cost is under 100 USD, with most flights in March 2022 with Frontier or Spirit
Check out some good deals in Europe
Europe is actually one of the cheapest places to fly right now, especially from the east coast of the US.
If you live outside the east coast, consider taking a cheap domestic flight to a city such as NYC, Boston, Washington DC, Tampa, or Atlanta before a flight to Europe. Those cities tend to have cheap Europe flights.
Also, Europe is full of budget airlines like Ryan Air, Norwegian, and Easy Jet. Consider flying into the cheapest city, and then taking a cheap budget flight within Europe to your final destination.
Washington DC to Paris, France: 175 USD in February 2022, with TAP Air Portugal
Boston to Barcelona, Spain: 195 USD in May 2022, with Veuling Airlines
Tampa to London, UK: 300 USD in December 2021, with Spirit Airlines and TAP Air Portugal
When flying long-haul to places like Africa, Asia, and Oceania, you’ll most likely have a few stopovers and have to change airlines.
Also, flying from the west coast of the USA tends to be cheaper for places like Oceania and eastern Asia.
However, you can still find cheap flights to the other side of the globe if you follow the tips I’ve listed in this article. Fly off-season, use budget airlines, and use Skyscanner to browse your options!
Here are some of the cheapest flights right now from the US.
San Francisco to Melbourne, Australia: 270 USD in February 2022, with Alaska Airlines and Jetstar
Seattle to Hong Kong: 300 USD in January 2022, with Air Canada
Detroit to Tokyo, Japan: 460 USD in February 2022, with Spirit Airlines and United
Washington DC to Cairo, Egypt: 360 USD in December 2021, with Egypt Air
So those are some of the cheapest places to fly right now!
Flight prices can fluctuate daily, so the exact numbers I’ve listed may change.
But constantly do your research and check for updates, because cheap flights definitely exist and it is possible to travel the world on a budget.
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Hello! I am a 25 year old from the USA with a knack for traveling on a budget. I fell in love with traveling while studying in Europe, and that love grew even more when I started volunteering abroad in South America. Since then, I've worked odd jobs and volunteered all over the globe while cultivating passions for hiking, wildlife photography, food, wine, animals, permaculture, and more!