Deal Alert: Last-Minute Weekend Getaways From $63 Round-Trip
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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 11 p.m. 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. 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.
We’re back with week two of the last minute weekend getaways! Whether you want to see a new city or escape it by enjoying a weekend in the outdoors, there’s a lot of great last minute deals to both types of places.
As we mentioned last week, this deal’s a bit different than most deals we post— typically, we try to stray away from the low-cost carriers, less preferred timetables and let you know what the absolute best deal is, no matter the date or days of the week. However, we wanted to have some fun and encourage readers 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 in a backpack, check out these last minute deals. Be aware of extra fees and restrictions — these airlines all charge extra to choose your seat and to bring a large carry-on bag.
If our example dates and times don’t fit your work schedule, play around with the dates on Google Flights as there are often other times available for a little more. All of the routes listed have flights available under $150 between July 25-29.
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, Sun Country, Frontier, United, American
Routes: EWR/CLT/BWI/BOS/DEN/AUS/MSY/ORD/LAS/DTW/MSP/DNA/PHL to CLT/BWI/MCO/PHL/FLL/BOS/RDU/DAL/ATL/AUS/HOU/SFO/SLC/MSP/DEN/ORD/JAX/
Cost: $63+ round-trip
Travel Dates: July 25-29, 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® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American 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:
Denver (DEN) to Atlanta (ATL) for $63 round-trip on Spirit:
Denver (DEN) to Austin (AUS) for $69 round-trip on Frontier:
Las Vegas (LAS) to Colorado Springs (COS) for $77 round-trip on Frontier:
Minneapolis (MSP) to Austin (AUS) for $77 round-trip on Frontier:
Philadelphia (PHL) to Charleston (CHS) for $97 round-trip (when booked separately on Frontier and American):
Detroit (DTW) to Raleigh (RDU) for $86 round-trip:
Nashville (BNA) to Savannah (SAV) for $111 round-trip on Sun Country:
Denver (DEN) to San Francisco (SFO) for $132 round-trip (when booked separately on Frontier and United):
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 Reserve, American 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.
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