Prime summer vacation season is almost over– but that doesnt mean travel should come to a halt. There are plenty of fantastic airfare bargains starting right now for autumn travel with carriers like Southwest slashing fares for popular destinations.
According to Airlines for America, carrier fares have fallen an average of 6 percentage since the beginning of the year.
While the weather cools down, Southwest is offering some of years hottest bargains to warm weather destinations like the Caribbean, California, Mexico and Central America. Starting now, the airline has some serious marketing bargains for travel this fall.
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1) Cancun, Mexico
Fly to Cancun, Mexico , from merely $183 one route from Atlanta or $166 from Houston. Outdoor enthusiasts can get their fill of fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling and boating. Be sure to get in a dose of history, as well, by visiting remnants of the Mayan civilization, including the pyramids at Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the walled city of Tulum.
Book both airfare and a stay at one of four RIU all-inclusive resorts in Cancun through Southwest by 8/ 31/16 and save $250. Plus, all Cancun vacation packages are currently $200 off through SouthwestVacations.com employing code ALLONSALE by August 22, 2016.
2) San Diego
San Diego is a great family destination with a little something for everyone. Hang out on the beautiful beaches of Coronado Island, kayak through ocean caves with Everyday California in La Jolla, check out the amazing San Diego Zoo and take a stroll through beautiful Balboa Park filled with a variety of museums and gardens. Southwest is currently offering flights to San Diego for as low as $97 from Denver and $106 from Seattle each direction.
Consider purchasing the Southern California CityPASS if you plan to hit multiple attractions, which saves $140 per person. The pass includes a 3-day Park Hopper for Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, as well as 1-day tickets to LEGOLAND California and SeaWorld, both in the San Diego area.
Food fanatics will love Brazen BBQ in the trendy Hillcrest area close to downtown, coastal American fare at Backyard Kitchen& Tap in laidback Pacific Beach and consolation food at downtowns Brians 24 in the Gaslamp Quarter 24 hours a day. If you save on snacks and airfare, consider splurging with a stay at the iconic Hotel del Coronado or the Mediterranean-style La Valencia hotel in hip La Jolla.
3) San Juan, Puerto Rico
Escape to sunny San Juan, Puerto Rico, from merely $158 per route from BWI( blackout dates apply ). Meander among Old San Juans streets filled with colorful Colonial architecture perfect for a romantic hand-in-hand saunter or stretch out in a beach chair with a frozen drink on the areas plentiful beaches. Take an air tour of San Juan by helicopter or seaplane or enjoy a variety of watersports in its Caribbean blue waters.
The Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel& Casino lets guests pay their birth year for their second and third nights with the first nights remain starting at $143. Dont miss their mixology class where youll learn to make a drink with Puerto Ricos own Bacardi rum.
4) Atlanta, Georgia
Fly from many northern cities including Akron, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Washington , D.C. for merely $69 to $89 each way.
The Atlanta CityPASS lets you make most top attractions in the up-and-coming Luckie-Marietta district of downtown centered around the citys Centennial Olympic Park. Learn all about the worlds most popular soft drink at the Coca-Cola museum, ensure Beluga whales and albino alligators at the Georgia Aquarium, check out the new College Football Hall of Fame and get a behind-the-scenes look at Atlanta-based CNN on its Studio Tour.
Affordable eateries in the area include Twin Smokers BBQ, Game-X with more than 60 arcade games, as well as Der Biergarten for German beer and sauerkraut. The Glenn Hotel makes a boutique-style respite in the midst of the city located in Atlantas original post office built in 1923.
5) Ft. Myers, Florida
Miami and Orlando are popular destinations but they arent cheap. Try this little known Floridian gem where fares are currently merely more than $100 per direction from Hartford, Connecticut, Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis( valid Sunday through Wednesday ), but often falls as low as $70 one-way.
The Marco Island Marriott is a great place for households with everything youd need all under one roof. The resort offers views of the ocean from nearly every room, has several on-site eateries including the high-end Aria, beach-side Quinns and Maya perfect for a breakfast buffet, and has waverunner tours of the Ten Thousand Islands with dolphin and manatee sightings. The Naples Grande is a beautiful hotel for those visiting upscale Naples complete with beach chairs for every guest along a very calm stretch of the Gulf of Mexico, an 18 -hole golf course and three large pools.
6) New Orleans, Louisiana
With prices starting at $89 from Nashville, $102 from Washington , D.C ., and $129 from Kansas City and Chicago, New Orleans is always a fun and astonishingly affordable place to visit. Boasting mild temperatures through autumn and offering excellent cuisine, live music and a party-like atmosphere, the Big Easy was also ranked the least expensive U.S. city to visit in TripAdvisors TripIndex for 2016.
Want to try something unique? The Louisiana Seafood Festival takes place in early September, and enjoy your fill of daiquiris with specials throughout the month of September during the course of its 30 -day New Orleans Daiquiri Season.
7) Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Folks in Denver, Orange County or Houston can volume a trip-up to tropical Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for only $177 to $185 one-way. Remain at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort& Spa, which is just a 10 -minute drive from the airport, with rates for autumn starting as low as $120 per night.
Southwest Vacations will also score you savings of $250 at one of three all-inclusive RIU resorts in Puerto Vallarta when you volume a remain by 8/ 31/16.
8) Houston, Texas
Southwest is offering fares as low as $84 from Washington , D.C. or $99 from Atlanta. Outdoorsy types will enjoy the citys new 3 1/2 -hour, 7-mile kayaking trail along the buffalo Bayou with city skyline views.
Dont miss Raven Tower, a pillar topped with an outdoor patio, more than 20 beers on tap and one of the best views of downtown. Lay your head at the newly-renovated Whitehall Hotel with rooftop pond, private cabanas and in-house art gallery.
Dying to visit Cuba? Southwest has been approved to fly from several U.S. cities to a few destinations on the Caribbean isle, including Havana. Flights is still not available for sale, but expect to see fares rolling out this fall.
Lyn Mettler is an Indianapolis, Ind.-based travel writer. She is the author of The Step-by-Step Guide to Earning Your Southwest Companion Pass . You can find her at www.GotoTravelGal.com or on Twitter at @GotoTravelGal .
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