Valentine's Day – Cheap Flights to Popular Destinations

For some, Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) is all about being with that special someone. For others, it’s a family affair. Either way, we’ve got ideas for cheap flights to romantic and fun destinations that are guaranteed to be special – and won’t cost an arm and a leg.

Shopping for Valentine’s Day Flights

Keep these tips in mind as you shop.

  • Check out the deals: See the Deals Blog for the latest airline sales and cheap cities (a few sales have specifically targeted Valentine’s Day).
  • Compare prices: Don’t go to a single airline site – the only way to be sure you’re getting the best deal possible is by comparing prices.
  • Fly midweek: Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday this year. The good news is, the cheapest days to fly are typically Tuesdays and Wednesday, so try departing one of those days and return on another less expensive day, Saturday. Avoid flights on Fridays and Sundays, usually the most expensive days to fly.
  • Book soon: The cheapest ticket prices are usually available up to 14 days before departure (or 7 days before departure for many low cost carriers). Prices can jump after that.

Best U.S. Valentine’s Day Destinations

Our picks for family fun or Valentine’s Day couples: All these cities can be cheap this time of year, depending on where you’re traveling from. Click on the destination name for airfare prices from your city.

Denver - The Mile High City has had better luck with cheap airfare prices than its football team lately but that’s all that matters to travelers and snow lovers.

Florida – Miami and Ft. Lauderdale vie for cheapest airfare honors but both have beautiful beaches and plenty of sunshine. Check out the scene at South Beach or just enjoy the warmth.

Los Angeles - Airport choices keep prices down (check out JetBlue deals to Long Beach). Visit Hollywood’s Walk of Fame or the stars of the art world at the Getty Center then check out the lively club scene or Disneyland which is just down the road.

New Orleans – Some good deals from Houston and Dallas, so enjoy some jazz but do not leave without sampling the Creole or Cajun cuisine. The Big Easy’s dining choices range from jumping joints to the most romantic restaurants in the world.

Best International Valentine’s Day Destinations

Caribbean – Great time to visit thanks to several airline sales. Jamaica and the Bahamas currently top the list of cheap islands.

Barcelona – One of the cheapest destinations in Europe, this Spanish city is famous for excellent food and exciting nightlife.

Dublin - This cheap-to-fly-to Irish city has been enchanting visitors for centuries – now, it’s your turn.

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Published: January 17, 2013