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Deal alert: Round-trip flights to Orlando for under $100

Nov. 29, 2021
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Deal alert: Round-trip flights to Orlando for under $100
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If you're still trying to decide upon a holiday gift for the family, how does a trip to Orlando sound? American, Delta, JetBlue and United are offering affordable round-trip economy flights, some for under $100. Travel during most of 2022 (January-October) from departure cities across the U.S.

It's the perfect chance to explore iconic destinations such as Walt Disney World and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, and the new attractions in the works there.

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Universal Orlando. (Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando)

The deal was originally sent out by Thrifty Traveler to its Premium members, who are notified about cheap flights, award flight sales and business-class deals by email for $7.99 monthly or $49.99 annually.

The offer applies to travel from January 2022 through October 2022.

Some of the cheapest flights we found to Orlando (MCO) were from Cinncinati (CVG) at $97; from Newark (EWR) at $107; from Washington, D.C. (IAD), at $117; from Detroit (DTW) at $127; and from Portland, Oregon (PDX), at $278 for basic economy seats.

Deal basics

Airlines: American, Delta, JetBlue and United.
Routes: Detroit (DTW), Boston (BOS), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Philadelphia (PHL), Atlanta (ATL), Chicago (ORD), Houston (IAH), Washinton, D.C. (IAD), and many more cities to Orlando (MCO).
How to book: Directly through airline sites or Google Flights.
Travel dates: January-October 2022.

Related: From butterbeer to wands: Everything you need to know about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

Sample flights

The deal includes basic economy round-trip flights from a long list of cities across the U.S. including:

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  • Atlanta (ATL).
  • Chicago (ORD).
  • Cincinnati (CVG).
  • Cleveland (CLE).
  • Detroit (DTW).
  • Houston (IAH).
  • Los Angeles (LAX).
  • Nashville (BNA).
  • New Orleans (MSY).
  • New York (JFK/LGA).
  • Newark (EWR).
  • Portland (PDX).
  • Washington, D.C. (IAD).

TPG found an economy ticket in January on Delta from Cincinnati (CVG) to Orlando (MCO) for $97 round-trip on Google Flights.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

For travelers in the New York and New Jersey area, there are direct JetBlue flights available at the beginning of February for $107 round-trip from EWR.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

There are multiple nonstop flights from Washington, D.C. (IAD), to MCO during February via United Airlines for $117.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

On American Airlines, flights are available toward the end of January from Detroit (DTW) to MCO for $127.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

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Bottom line

Orlando's appeal ranges far and wide, though the mouse ears and wizard hats are the top draws in our book. The wide range of dates, departure cities and great fares make this deal to the Sunshine State one that is hard to pass up.

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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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Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023