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Who needs credit card sign-up bonuses when you can just buy a flight for $20?! Okay, well, I guess I am greedy because I want both the option to buy super cheap flights or use miles from bonuses, but I am thrilled to share that right now you can purchase a one-way Frontier Airlines flight for just $20 all-in to and from many cities. Yup, just $20. We (unfortunately) spent more than that at Panera for lunch yesterday.
These fares do not require Discount Den membership and are valid for travel on select dates from August 20th – September or October 2016, depending on the route. I would look at the month calendar view as shown below to quickly spot the lowest fares.
Here is a very small sample of some of the $20 routes available as of today (8/12/16).
- Austin – Orlando
- Austin – Chicago
- Houston – Cincinnati
- Dallas – Denver
- Denver – Nashville
- Kansas City – Philadelphia
- Las Vegas – Salt Lake City
- Nashville – Las Vegas
- Phoenix – Colorado Springs
If you want to squeeze in one more inexpensive summer trip this may be exactly the way to do it!
As shown in the example, if you are in Austin and you want a quick trip to Orlando you could drive for about 17 straight hours and spend about $75 one-way on gas (assuming $2/gallon gas and 30 MPG), or you could spend $20 via this sale, fly, and be there after just 2.5 hours in the air. Hard call.
I know that most reading this site don’t need just a one-way $20 trip even if that is an eye catching number. They are often buying for many people and probably want to eventually come home, so let’s go with those more realistic numbers. If you are buying for a family of four via this sale, it would set you back $160 round trip for all four of you to travel. Back to the previous Austin to Orlando example, that is just about what you would spend on gas alone to make the road trip, not to mention all the other expenses you will probably rack up from that 34 hour round trip car ride. Who knew that flying could be cheaper than driving even for a family of four?!
As always, you can have the best of both worlds by capitalizing on low airfares and using fixed value points from a card to take advantage of the low airfare prices without spending actual cash on the tickets (just make sure you are meeting the minimum point redemption threshold for your card type). Oh, and use the promo code 2XMILES to earn double Frontier frequent flyer miles on certain flights through September 30th.
Please tell me someone was able to put one of these $20 fares to good use!
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