Deal Alert: Last-Minute Labor Day Weekend Flights From $53 Round-Trip

Aug 26, 2019

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @tpg_alerts.

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year). Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.

It’s almost Labor Day weekend, the last holiday weekend to take advantage of this summer. With that being said, it’s time to maximize your extended weekend and explore some place new. If you kept meaning to plan a trip, but just didn’t get around to it, there’s still one more chance with these great last minute flight deals.

On a typical week, you can snag many more last minute deals for as low as $49, but considering it’s a holiday weekend $53 round-trip isn’t a bad starting price.

Jacksonville, Florida, USA city skyline at the fountain. (Photo by SeanPavonePhoto / Getty Images)
Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by SeanPavonePhoto / Getty Images)

Typically, we try to stay away from low-cost carriers, but we wanted to have some fun with this one, and you might too — if you’re willing to take a spontaneous vacation. If you’re a business-class-only flyer, these fares probably aren’t for you. But if you’re an adventurous reader aching to go on a trip and willing to pack light, check out these last-minute deals.

Be aware of extra fees and restrictions. Low-cost airlines such as Frontier and Spirit all charge extra to choose your seat and to bring a large carry-on bag. Although these low-fare carriers tend to get a bad rap, you may end up pleasantly surprised, like TPG himself when he flew Spirit (and he wasn’t even in the Big Front Seat)! The same goes for Frontier. Bottom line: if you’re in the market for cheap tickets and want to get away as soon as this weekend, this is a great way to go.

If our example dates and times don’t fit your schedule, play around with the dates on Google Flights as there are often other times available for a little more or sometimes less depending on your dates. All of the routes listed have flights available under $150 between August 28 and September 4. Also note that most of our example routes are also available in the reverse direction.

If you’re looking to get the Spirit deals even cheaper, you can often buy Spirit flights cheaper at their airport check-in counter. However, it’s not always guaranteed and sometimes the limited savings may not be worth the hassle— it really just depends on how flexible you are.’

Worried about Spirit or Frontier’s reliability incase of irregular operations (IRROPS)? You can buy insurance through Freebird from $19 one-way, who will rebook you if your flight’s been delayed more than four hours or cancelled.

To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin, destination and stopover cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.

Airline Spirit, Frontier, United
Routes: AUS/ORD/DEN/RDU/PHL/LAS/DTW/IND/BWI/BOS/MSP to MSY/RSU/ATL/SYR/JAX/PHL/PNS/SAV/IND/MCI/MYR/CLT/BWI (many available on the reverse route)
Cost: $53+ round-trip
Travel Dates: 
Aug. 28 – Sept. 4, 2019
Pay With: 
The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® CardChase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

New Orleans (MSY) to Austin (AUS) for $53 round-trip when booked separately on Spirit and Frontier:

Denver (DEN) to Atlanta (ATL) for $67 round-trip on Spirit:

Chicago (ORD) to Syracuse (SYR) for $77 round-trip on Frontier:

Raleigh (RDU) to Jacksonville (JAX) for $77 round-trip on Frontier:

Raleigh (RDU) to Philadelphia (PHL) for $77 round-trip on Frontier:

Philadelphia (PHL) to Pensacola (PNS) for $83 round-trip on Frontier:

Philadelphia (PHL) to Savannah (SAV) for $83 round-trip on Frontier:

Las Vegas (LAS) to Indianapolis (IND) for $85 round-trip on Frontier:

Chicago (ORD) to Raleigh (RDU) for $99 round-trip when booked separately on Spirit and United:

Indianapolis (IND) to Myrtle Beach (MYR) for $100 round-trip on Spirit:

Detroit (DTW) to Kansas City (MCI) for $103 round-trip on Spirit:

Boston (BOS) to Baltimore (BWI) for $123 round-trip on Spirit:

Baltimore (BWI) to Charlotte (CLT) for $127 round-trip on Spirit:

Minneapolis (MSP) to Myrtle Beach (MYR) for $138 round-trip on Spirit:

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

Featured image by traveler1116 via Getty Images.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,650

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases within your first year of account opening.
  • Earn 2X points on dining including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel. Plus, earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
  • Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.
Regular APR
15.99%-22.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.