Cheap Flights for October are Here – How to Find Them

Looking for an October getaway? Smart. Fall is one of the cheapest times of the year to fly so even if you have plans to travel at Thanksgiving, you may still be able to swing a mini-vacation in October. But where to go? Some suggestions.

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Cheap Fall Destinations

Some cities are lucky to have a lot of airline competition, or even better, two or more discount carriers serving their airports. Prices will vary depending on your departure city. Tip: If possible, fly out of the nearest large or hub airport for additional savings. Cheapest destinations for fall:

  • Boston
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Ft. Lauderdale, Miami
  • Chicago
  • San Antonio
  • Denver and Colorado Springs

Honorable mention goes to Long Beach – just 20 miles from sprawling Los Angeles International – especially for flights on JetBlue.

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Cheap Deals for October Flights

Airlines have been vigorously slashing prices for the slow fall period with a series of sales. Smart shoppers have also noticed an increase in one-day specials like the recent JetBlue deals starting at just $39 one-way. Check with the Deals Blog often – it’s updated daily – and here’s some recent specials so you’ll know what to expect:

  • AirTran: Baltimore to Boston, from $69 one-way
  • AirTran: Atlanta to Ft. Lauderdale, from $90 one-way
  • AirTran: Raleigh/Durham to Chicago, from $104 one-way
  • Southwest: Louisville to Chicago, from $77 one-way
  • Southwest: Houston to San Antonio, from $87 one-way

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  • Frontier: Los Angeles to Colorado Springs from $60 one-way
  • JetBlue: Las Vegas to Long Beach, from $39 one-way
  • Virgin America: Los Angeles or San Francisco to Ft. Lauderdale, from $159 one-way
  • Virgin America: Los Angeles to Washington DC, from $189 one-way

Remember, sales can and do crop up at any time – but in general, the best day to shop for airfare is Tuesday.


Updated: February 9, 2016