Report: 15 Major U.S. Cities With the Cheapest Average Airfares


We already know that some cities are cheaper to fly out of than others, but which ones? The U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics has compiled a list of the average domestic fares at U.S. airports.

In this article, I’ll look at the least expensive average round-trip airfares originating from major 15 cities. The list is based on the Bureau’s statistics for the first quarter of 2021, the latest period available as of this writing.

These Major U.S. Cities Have the Cheapest Fares

Airport / CityAverage Domestic Airfare
MCO / Orlando, Florida$184.78
LAS / Las Vegas, Nevada$196.27
DEN / Denver, Colorado$230.59
EWR / Newark, New Jersey$238.21
BOS / Boston, Massachusetts$243.31
ORD / O'Hare, Chicago, Illinois$243.53
PHX / Phoenix, Arizona$246.15
LAX / Los Angeles, California$246.23
ATL / Atlanta, Georgia$253.12
SEA / Seattle, Washington$256.22
JFK / New York City$263.79
DFW - Dallas, Texas$273.12
MSP / Minneapolis, Minnesota$274.51
DTW / Detroit, Michigan$294.17
SFO / San Francisco, California$302.27

See the complete list from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

More Ways To Save on Travel

Basing your travels on inexpensive flights is just one way to lower your travel costs. Let’s look at three additional ways you can save on travel.

Flights: Book on the Right Day

Make sure you book your flight on a Sunday, which is the best day of the week to do so for both domestic and international flights, according to a report on recent travel trends. You can save as much as 15% if you book a domestic flight on a Sunday instead of Monday.

Hotels: Book a Refundable Room

Clark says he always books a refundable room at the best rate he can find well in advance of his trip. As his travel date approaches, he looks for cheaper rates.

“What I do is heavily concentrate on Hotwire and Priceline, two sources where you don’t know where you’re staying until you book non-refundable,” he says.

He says he typically finds hotel rooms much cheaper than the one he originally booked. “If you do it my way, most of the time you’re going to save big bucks!”

Read about his hotel booking process here.

Car Rental: Re-Shop Your Rate

Because many car rental companies allow you to book without payment, you can save money by booking then comparison shopping again right before your trip.


“When I book my flight weeks or months before the actual date of travel, I also book my car rental at the same time,” Clark says. “Then a week before my travel date, I re-shop the car rental rate. At least 90% of the time, I find that I can book a new car cheaper at the last minute, so I just let my old reservation go.”

Here’s how I saved nearly 50% on a rental car.

Those are just SOME ways to save. Read Clark’s guide on how to plan a trip.

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