The Canadian province of Alberta ranked fifth in cheap flights with low average airfares to and from Calgary.
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So you haven’t taken a vacation to a long-haul destination since Covid first hit almost two years ago. You can’t wait to get out – despite recent air travel disruptions – and you may have managed to bank the vacation money you would have otherwise spent months ago. Where to go ?
Depending on how the latest pandemic wave unfolds, you might want to consider the nearly two dozen places around the world that travel website Scott’s Cheap Flights recommends in its list of “22 cheap destinations to visit in 2022”. That’s because the site’s experts say they’re pretty confident that there will be deals on airline tickets to these destinations over the coming year.
Whether it’s through new routes, new carriers that serve them, or just everyday low fares, these 22 cities, states, regions and nations, according to the site, could get you more for your money from vacation in 2022 – at least for your plane trip. After all, not all destinations are cheap when it comes to other expenses.
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Scott’s Cheap Flights only included destinations that were already open to visitors or that are expected to reopen before the second half of this year.
Unsurprisingly, plane tickets to U.S. and Canadian destinations are the cheapest on the list, with the Pacific Northwest leading the way, with an average round-trip fare to Seattle of just $ 105. The top five places in North America, from second to fifth, are Oklahoma City ($ 182), Charleston, South Carolina ($ 185), Puerto Rico ($ 240 in San Juan) and Alberta, Canada ($ 259 in Calgary), all average round-trip fares.
In general, the next cheapest plane tickets are to Central America and the Caribbean, then Europe and Asia, followed by Africa, the Middle East and the South Pacific. Bringing up the rear – but still exceptionally affordable, historically speaking – is Greenland, where travelers passing through Reykjavik, Iceland can fly for around $ 940 round trip.
“In many cases ‘cheap’ is a relative term,” said Willis Orlando, senior product operations specialist at Scott’s Cheap Flights. “Some destinations, like Greenland or Ghana, were once prohibitively expensive to reach due to extremely limited capacity and are now suddenly achievable. “
Orlando said the pandemic has radically changed the way airlines calculate supply and demand, affecting prices, and a shift has been seen from business-oriented itineraries in favor of leisure travel. “So while an airline may not have found it profitable in the past to put additional planes on routes to remote leisure destinations or to partner with airlines that operate those routes (like c ‘is the case with Greenland), today they think differently, “he said.
The carriers are removing some planes from once reliable trade routes such as Tokyo, Frankfurt and Chicago and flying them to places such as the Maldives, Hawaii and Greenland, Orlando added.
That said, you can catch a $ 185 round-trip flight to Charleston later this year, but getting there may not be cheap. Hotels in the more desirable parts of this charming pre-war coastal town can be notoriously expensive, for example. Travel website Budgetyourtrip.com reports that the average hotel rate per night is $ 144, with a week’s stay costing $ 1,901.
“We all know why hotels are expensive in some of the most popular leisure destinations right now,” Orlando said. “The number of hotel rooms / accommodation in a given destination can only increase so quickly (rooms have to be built, apartments turned into vacation homes, etc.)” As demand increases, hotel and other rates are also increasing.
Airlines, however, can notice consumer interest and quickly increase capacity, often driving down air fares, he said. “This is why, although we have seen Miami hotel prices rise to and exceed their pre-pandemic highs in recent months, non-stop round-trip flights on major carriers from dozens of cities across the country always go below $ 100. “
But what about the current mess at airports? Should potential travelers be wary of jumping on these apparent offers? Orlando points out that, from a historical point of view, the number of cancellations – although “dramatic” – is not high. “Compared to before the pandemic, cancellations have not really increased,” he said. “In 2019 1.6% of US flights were canceled – in 2021 that number was 1.5%.”
Orlando also noted that uncertainty is “an integral part” of travel in the era of the pandemic. “The best thing people can do is be proactive, prepared and vigilant,” he said, frequently checking for flight status updates, downloading airline apps to facilitate booking changes. and becoming familiar with destination documentation requirements and air passenger rights. When it comes to a significant delay or cancellation, “passengers are entitled to a full refund in the form of original payment if they choose not to travel,” he added. .
“All major US airlines continue to waive change fees on tickets above base economy,” Orlando said. “So if you’re nervous, it would be wise to book a ticket yourself with no change fees – so if things start to look complicated, you can postpone your trip without paying a penalty. “