If you’re still looking for a summer getaway, one of these destinations could be the ticket: They’ve all seen significant drops in the average ticket price from a variety of departure gateways compared to last year, according to an analysis of airfares by Cheapflights.com.
Average round-trip fare this summer: $289
Why now: “The competition from alternative airports in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach may be having an impact as airfare searches all spring have averaged lower than they did last year, down as much as 80% at times,” says Melisse Hinkle of Cheapflights.com. “And that’s in the face of record cold and snow in the Northeast.”
What to do: A new wave of destination hotels—the Edition and the Thompson among them—is making Mid-Beach, "a quieter, chicer stretch of impossibly white sand that runs from 23rd to 63rd Streets," the place to be now. Two blocks from the sand, the laidback Twenty Seven restaurant at the Freehand offers a perfect place to cool off.
Average round-trip fare this summer: $435
Why now: While the Pan Am and Parapan Games could drive up hotel prices in mid July and early August, Hinkle says, “the U.S. dollar has more buying power in Canada than it’s had in years—and airfares are trending down as much as 30% versus last year.”
What to do: Toronto could be Canada's top food city, and the diversity of choices—everything from avant-garde gastropubs to dim sum—should keep even inveterate eaters occupied for days.
Average round-trip fare this summer: $578
Why now: Despite summer being high season in Alaska, this year sees “competitive pricing on many flights,” says Hinkle. “Our airfare search data from the last few months shows travelers finding flight prices down as much as 40% over the same time last year.”
What to do: This year represents the centennial of Anchorage's founding, and the city, Alaska's largest, will celebrate with events throughout the summer, including an exhibition about Captain Cook and a Northwest Passage—and how climate change may soon irreversibly alter the Arctic landscape. The truly adventurous can try surfing the tidal bore on a day trip to Girdwood, about 40 miles from Anchorage.
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