Those looking for a cheap vacation should consider flying to Las Vegas or Orlando, Florida. Data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) on July 17, 2018, revealed those two destinations have the lowest airfares in America.
Across the country, the average airfare cost $346.49 during the first three months of 2018. The price dropped $5 from the same time last year. But fares were still higher compared to last summer, when the average was $335.
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Over the winter months, the warm destinations of Las Vegas and Orlando were among the most frugal. Flights to and from Las Vegas McCarran International Airport averaged $242.41, while trips to Orlando International Airport cost around $246. Frequent flyers could also fly to Denver, New Orleans and Tampa, Florida, for less than $300.
Location, location, location
When traveling to big cities, getting the best domestic deal has more to do with location than date. Although airfare across New York was $375, those going through LaGuardia Airport paid an average of $320.45. LaGuardia airfare was lower than both John F. Kennedy International Airport ($397.54) and Newark Liberty International Airport ($407.59).
The same pattern appeared in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. In the Bay Area, passengers taking the train to Oakland International Airport paid the lowest regular airfare ($272.73), while those flying through the capital from Baltimore-Washington International Airport paid the lowest prices ($310.95). Discounts at both airports were around $40, compared to the other regional options.
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Both underserved airports and hub cities reflected the most expensive in the nation. The costliest city for flights was Fayetteville, Ark. The average ticket price from Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport cost $511.11 — more than the college towns of Madison, Wisconsin, Knoxville, Tennessee, and Greensboro, North Carolina. Also high priced were the airline hub cities of Charlotte, Detroit and Houston: While ticket prices out of each topped $380, fares through Charlotte cost just over $429.
To find the average ticket value over the first three months of 2018, the BTS calculated the average of both one-way and round-trip fares, including taxes and fees. Data was weighted toward round-trip tickets. The average domestic air fare does not consider other fees or ticket types, including those for checked luggage, seat selection or points awards.
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