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You can still book affordable flights to these summer destinations

If you’ve tried planning a vacation lately, you’ll know that airfares are getting expensive and summer flights are selling out at near-record rates. But that doesn’t mean it’s always impossible to find a cheap flight for summer travel. In fact, some of the most popular destinations for tourists still offer affordable airfares. We collected data from booking sites Skyscanner, Scott’s Cheap Flights and Priceline to find routes that still have round-trip tickets at rock bottom. Here are six destinations where you can fly this summer without breaking the bank.


Economy-class tickets to the City of Light have been as low as $292 round-trip for spring and summer flights, according to data from SCF. Recent deals from Paris on the subscription site include round-trip tickets from Newark for $381 and round-trip nonstop from San Francisco for $393 round-trip. Airfares will likely remain cheap through the summer, with low-cost carriers like French Bee launching new flights from the West Coast, as well as Delta and Air France launching hourly shuttle service between New York JFK and two Paris airports: Charles de Gaulle and Orly.

Little Pipe Cay in the Bahamas

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If you’re looking for a last-minute beach getaway, consider the Bahamas. Skyscanner’s searches found affordable tickets departing as early as Memorial Day weekend, such as round-trips from New York to Nassau starting at $461. For the cheapest routes, you’ll probably have to transfer, but the stop might be worth it to keep prices low.


An airfare war on routes to the Portuguese capital is helping to keep prices low, according to the SCF. Low-cost carrier TAP Air Portugal continues to offer cheap tickets to Lisbon from its US gateways, which include Boston, Miami, Chicago and New York. Travelers based outside of these cities also have access to affordable flights to Lisbon, as other carriers compete with TAP’s low fares. SCF found deals from Baltimore starting at $392 round-trip and from San Francisco starting at $376. Additionally, Priceline reports that hotel stays currently average just $160 per night.