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Deal alert: Make a winter escape to Florida for less than $200 round-trip

Nov. 24, 2021
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It's no secret Florida is a popular destination during the winter. The warm weather makes the Sunshine State an enticing option for people seeking an escape from the cold weather that envelops the rest of the United States this time of year.

This new deal is going to make it really hard to not book that Florida trip you think about every time you step outside wearing a coat, hat and gloves. Prices are discounted for travel from a number of U.S. cities to Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers, which is one of the gems of Florida's gulf coast with beautiful beaches and a great vibe.

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We first heard about this deal from our friends at Scott’s Cheap Flights, who sent it out first to their Premium members. Non-members can still take advantage of the low fare prices by using Google Flights and searching for your desired routes and dates. As is always the case with these bargain fares, being flexible with your travel always helps.

(photo by Philippe Turpin/Getty Images)

Deal basics

Airlines: Alaska, American, Delta, Southwest.
Routes: BUF/ORD/BOS/DTW/LIT/JFK/LAS/LAX/LGA/PDX and others to FLL/MCO/TPA/RSW among other cities.
Cost: Starting at $128 round-trip for select routes.
Dates: January-March 2022; availability varies depending on the route.

Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), the Citi Prestige® Card for 5x on airfare, the Citi Premier® Card (3x on air travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on air travel), the American Express® Gold Card for 3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2x on travel.

The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Routes

Sample round-trip fares in this deal include:

  • Chicago (ORD) to Orlando (MCO) starting at $128.
  • Chicago (ORD) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) starting at $151.
  • Seattle (SEA) to Fort Myers (RSW) starting at $171.
  • Portland (PDX) to Tampa (TPA) and Orlando (MCO) starting at $191.

Let's start with some options for people in the great city of Buffalo, who would certainly appreciate a post-holiday getaway to warmer climes.

American has economy round-trip fares, which come with a free carry-on and seat selection, from Buffalo (BUF) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) for just $169. With a bustling restaurant scene and nice beaches which aren't as crowded as Miami's, Lauderdale is a great option for people looking to relax.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

You can get a Delta economy seat from Portland (PDX) to Tampa (TPA) for a January trip that will cost you just $191. Delta economy fares get you a free carry-on bag, but you don't get to pick your seat. This itinerary also includes a three-hour layover in Los Angeles (LAX).

It's worth pointing out that we found the majority of the best prices for this route in January.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

If you live in Cincinnati and are thinking of planning a Disney World trip when the crowds are a bit more manageable, start ordering those matching Mickey T-shirts. You can fly Delta from Cincinnati (CVG) to Orlando (MCO) in February for just $115 round-trip. That's for a basic economy fare, which comes with a free carry-on, but no seat selection and you board the plane in the last group. You can bump up to Main Cabin for $165 which allows for free changes to the itinerary, so if that is appealing to you, consider that you would still be paying almost 50% less than the typical ticket price.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

We really like this January economy fare from American we found from Seattle (SEA) to Fort Myers (RSW). It's more than 50% off the typical price for this ticket. It does have a layover in Dallas, but you also get the free carry-on.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Maximize Your Purchase

Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), the Citi Prestige® Card for 5x on airfare, the Citi Premier® Card (3x on air travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on air travel), the American Express® Gold Card for 3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2x on travel — which you could redeem for as little as 13,000 points.

The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom Line

Pack your shorts, flip-flops and T-shirts and enjoy the Florida weather with these excellent flight fares.

Featured image by Getty Images/iStockphoto
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
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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.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
1XEarn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

    Earn 80,000 ThankYou® points
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  • Annual Fee

    $95
  • 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

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases