Four Hot Cities for Cheap Airfare

If you’re looking for a fun getaway or a wonderful vacation spot, a few from my “hot cities” list. All offer lots of attractions/entertainment/recreation but also rank high for hotness because they are cheap from many cities. Maybe yours.

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Hot Cities

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Boston’s Logan International (BOS) is a focus city for discount carrier JetBlue; it is served by other low-cost carriers like Virgin America plus larger airlines like American, Delta, Southwest, United and US Airways as well as international carriers like Aer Lingus, British Airways and many more.

The city itself offers a panorama of Colonial American history (Faneuil Hall and the Old North Church) and is also known for its nightlife and dining (great seafood and clam chowder). Sports fans will be in heaven too thanks to the Celtics, the Patriots and the Red Sox at Fenway Park. This is also a perfect jumping off point for fall foliage trips through New England.

Denver International (DEN) has become increasingly competitive over the past several years; it is headquarters for discount carrier Frontier as well as a focus city for Southwest and a hub for United but several other U.S. carriers fly here including international airlines like Aeromexico, Air Canada, British Airways and Lufthansa.

The region offers world-class skiing at resorts like Aspen and Vail while year-round recreation activities surround Denver. There is also a lively arts scene and the popular 16th Street pedestrian mall features brew pubs, shopping and indoor/outdoor dining.

Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA) better known to locals bas SEA-TAC is a hub airport for Alaska and Delta. There are also plenty of  legacy and low-cost carriers including JetBlue and Virgin America plus Southwest and several international airlines with an emphasis on Asian airlines. There are generally good fares to Beijing, Tokyo and most of the U.S. West Coast and beyond.

The city takes pride in its eclectic music and arts scene plus beautiful vistas along the Puget Sound and do not miss the city’s excellent coffeehouses. Close to Olympic National Park and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Fly into Salt Lake City (SLC) and you won’t notice quite so much competition – yet. Alaska Airlines just kicked off a “measured expansion” at the Utah airport, adding flights from Salt Lake to Seattle (and several other cities) which could be the start of meaningful competition for Delta’s hub and maybe lower prices. The airport is also served by a handful of other airlines include Frontier, JetBlue and Southwest and others but Alaska’s initiative could lead to more.

The Utah capital offers numerous excellent skiing/snowboarding venues just minutes from the airport; the state also boasts five national parks including the incomparable Zion and Bryce Canyon. If you haven’t been to Salt Lake recently, we think you’ll be surprised at the fun nightlife; those membership requirements for alcohol purchases were dropped in 2009. If you’re over 21, you can order a drink in a bar or restaurant 7 days a week.

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Published: June 27, 2014