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Deal Alert: Charleston flights from $98

Jan. 08, 2022
5 min read
St. Michaels Church and Broad St. in Charleston, SC
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Southern charm, cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages are on sale right now.

American, Delta and United are all offering round-trip flights to Charleston from a variety of U.S. cities starting at $98 for travel from February all the way to November.

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Our friends at Thrifty Traveler first reported this deal, which they gave out first to their premium subscribers. That service is available for $7.99 monthly or $49.99 annually.

Giant oak trees draped with Spanish moss line a scenic road in the South Carolina Lowcountry on Edisto Island near Charleston. (Photo by Denis Tangney, Jr./ Getty Images)

Deal basics

Airline: American, Delta and United
Routes: BNA/DCA/DTW/MIA/JFK/MSY and many more cities to CHS
How to book: Directly through the airline or at Google flights.
Travel Dates: February to November

Related: 10 Things No One Tells You About Charleston, SC

Sample flights

The deal includes basic economy round-trip flights to Charleston (CHS) from a great range of cities across the U.S. including:

  • Cincinnati (CVG) - $162
  • Detroit (DTW) - $159
  • Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) - $162
  • Indianapolis (IND) - $174
  • Kansas City (MCI) - $194
  • Louisville (SDF) - $135
  • Miami (MIA) - $148
  • Minneapolis (MSP) - $197
  • Mobile (MOB) - $196
  • Nashville (BNA) - $153
  • New Orleans (MSY) - $132
  • New York (JFK/LGA) - $98
  • Philadelphia (PHL) - $197
  • Pittsburgh (PIT) - $131
  • Portland (PWM) - $195
  • St. Louis (STL) - $194
  • Tampa (TPA) - $132
  • Washington, D.C. (DCA) - $175

Deals on United and American are for main cabin seats, including a standard seat, a carry-on, and seat selection, but a checked bag or better seats will be an additional fee.

Most Delta deals below are their version of basic economy which includes a standard seat and carry-on but seat selection and a checked bag will cost extra.

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One of the best deals we found was a nonstop Delta flight from New York (JFK) to Charleston (CHS) for $98 round-trip in the middle of February.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Travelers flying from the “Big Easy” will have many options to travel to South Carolina in March after Mardi Gras. Basic economy flights on Delta from New Orleans (MSY) to Charleston (CHS) are available at $132 round-trip with one stop in Atlanta. There is also an option for standard economy for $134 round-trip with a stop in Miami.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

You can fly from Miami (MIA) to Charleston (CHS) nonstop on American Airlines at $148 round-trip.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

There are several flight options from Detroit (DTW) to Charleston (CHS) for $159 round-trip on Delta.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

There are Main Cabin round-trip flights at $153 from Nashville (BNA) to Charleston (CHS) on American Airlines with a stop in Charlotte. At the same price, travelers can fly on United with one stop in Washington D.C. Basic economy flights on Delta are available at $156 round-trip with one stop in Atlanta.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Related: BBQ legend Rodney Scott on what to see, do and eat in Charleston, South Carolina

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Bottom line

Charleston, South Carolina, USA in the French Quarter. (Photo by SeanPavonePhoto / Getty Images)

Related: 10 things no one tells you about Charleston

From its charming public parks to its antebellum mansions, Charleston has something for everyone. At these prices for flights, maybe you can splurge on one of the city's famous hotels.

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TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
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4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S.
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  • Annual Fee

    $250
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

Pros

  • 4x on dining at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets (on the first $25,000 in purchases per calendar year; then 1x)
  • 3x on flights booked directly with the airline or with Amex Travel
  • Welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first six months

Cons

  • Weak on travel outside of flights and everyday spending bonus categories
  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees