15 Surprisingly Cheap Summer Airfare Deals

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SO YOU WANT TO GET AWAY

Airline tickets for a last-minute summer getaway rarely come cheap, right? Think again. As it turns out, there are dozens of cheap tickets up for grabs over the next few weeks, and not just from bargain carriers. The travel website Skyscanner recently reviewed all the flight deals being offered between late May and mid-July and found numerous airlines listing tickets to domestic destinations for as little as $200 -- and in some cases, well below $150. These deals are even available for flights on days surrounding major summer holidays such as Memorial Day and July Fourth.

"We found that domestic flights appear to be competitively lower than this time in years past," said Skyscanner's head of communications, Randi Wolfson. "If travelers are flexible with dates, they'll find that there's a way to get to any destination with a minor tweaking of the itinerary." Here's a look at the top 15 summer airfare deals across the U.S.

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ALASKA AIRLINES: LOS ANGELES TO SALT LAKE CITY

Travel dates: Sunday, July 2 – Friday, July 7
Price: Starting at $159
With attractions like the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Hogle Zoo, and Great Salt Lake, the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River, there's much to see and do in Salt Lake City.

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ALLEGIANT AIR: BALTIMORE TO SAVANNAH

Travel dates: Thursday, July 6 – Sunday, July 9
Price: Starting at $171
Manicured parks, horse-drawn carriages, and antebellum architecture are just some of the reasons to visit Savannah. The weather may be a bit sticky come July, but if the heat bothers you, head to nearby Tybee Island (just 20 minutes from downtown) for a walk along the beach or a dip in the ocean.

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AMERICAN AIRLINES: MIAMI TO NEW YORK CITY

Travel dates: Saturday, May 27 – Tuesday, May 30
Price: Starting at $178
Memorial Day weekend in New York City is filled with parades, parties, and bargain shopping. There will be outdoor art exhibits in Washington Square; parades honoring members of the armed forces in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens; and events designed specifically for kids and families at various museums and parks.

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JETBLUE: WASHINGTON, DC TO CHARLESTON

Travel dates: Sunday, July 2 – Wednesday, July 5
Price: Starting at $153
A city that travelers regularly rave about, thanks to its history, architecture, and charm, Charleston is also one of the top places in the country to celebrate July Fourth. The city's fireworks display, held at Patriots Point, attracts massive crowds. During the day, visitors can stop by the U.S.S. Yorktown to interact with military veterans.

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ALASKA AIRLINES: SEATTLE TO PHOENIX

Travel dates: Friday, June 9 – Tuesday, June 13
Price: Starting at $184
You might be wary of visiting a desert city in the middle of summer, but beat the heat by checking out some of the top indoor attractions, including the Phoenix Art Museum and the Heard Museum. Phoenix is also known for its many day spas, and with an average daily temperature of 102 in June, they may be the best escape.

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FRONTIER AIRLINES: SAN DIEGO TO DENVER

Travel dates: Saturday, May 27 – Tuesday, May 30
Price: Starting at $94
Memorial Day weekend in Denver offers a variety of special events. Among the top options are the Denver Day of Rock, a free concert on the city's 16th Street pedestrian mall, and the Denver Arts Festival at Stapleton's Conservatory Green​.

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JETBLUE: BOSTON TO NASHVILLE

Travel dates: Sunday, May 28 – Wednesday, May 31
Price: Starting at $183
Nashville is booming, thanks in part to its legendary music scene, as well as the exploding culinary offerings (new restaurants are opening almost daily). There's also a wave of hotels going up, adding to the city's current popularity.

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ALLEGIANT AIR: MEMPHIS TO ORLANDO

Travel dates: Friday, June 23 – Monday, June 26
Price: Starting at $183
Orlando is home to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort -- need we say more? There are also plenty of options for the amusement-park-averse, including Forever Florida, a sprawling ecological park, and the Orlando Science Center. For animal lovers, Gatorland is a must-visit.

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SPIRIT AIRLINES: NEW YORK CITY TO CHICAGO

Travel dates: Monday, July 3 – Thursday, July 6
Price: Starting at $157
Another good choice for a July Fourth getaway, Chicago will celebrate the nation's independence with food festivals (Taste of Chicago in Grant Park), an African/Caribbean festival in Union Park, and, of course, some of the best fireworks in America at Navy Pier.

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FRONTIER AIRLINES: PHILADELPHIA TO AUSTIN

Travel dates: Saturday, June 3 – Tuesday, June 6
Price: Starting at $198
Austin is one of the country's most up-and-coming destinations, thanks to its vibrant live music scene, rich variety of museums, and abundance of outdoor activities. It doesn't hurt that the city also averages about 300 days of sunshine a year and typical temps around 68 degrees.

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SPIRIT AIRLINES: HOUSTON TO LOS ANGELES

Travel dates: Wednesday, May 17 – Saturday, May 20
Price: Starting at $111
Peruse the Hollywood Walk of Fame, visit the iconic Griffith Park Observatory, or take a bus tour past the many celebrity-owned mansions in the area -- Los Angeles offers endless possibilities for visitors. There are also quintessential Southern California beaches and world-class museums (the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty). If all that gets boring, the people-watching along posh Rodeo Drive can be endlessly entertaining -- you may even spot a celebrity or two.

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SPIRIT AIRLINES: CHICAGO TO BOSTON

Travel dates: Friday, May 12 – Monday, May 15
Price: Starting at $160
A city steeped in history, overflowing with cultural institutions and museums, and boasting a rich variety of dining opportunities, Boston makes for an interesting visit nearly any time of year. But in spring and summer, the city is downright lovely. The Boston Red Sox are hosting a slew of home games at Fenway Park in May, the flowerbeds at the Boston Public Garden are in full bloom, and the Duck Boat Tours are a perennially popular summer activity, particularly among children.

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UNITED AIRLINES: SAN FRANCISCO TO SAN DIEGO

Travel dates: Thursday, June 1 – Monday, June 5
Price: Starting at $137
If hitting the beach over July Fourth weekend is your idea of paradise, then San Diego is beckoning. Not only are there countless stunning beaches throughout San Diego County, the fireworks display over San Diego Bay is spectacular. Launched from four barges around the bay, the fireworks are visible from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero area downtown, and Coronado Island.

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UNITED AIRLINES: NEW YORK CITY TO ASHEVILLE, NC

Travel dates: Sunday, July 2 – Thursday, July 6
Price: Starting at $115
A city that claims more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the country, Asheville is endlessly popular with the craft beer crowd. And thanks to its climate, this North Carolina city is also known for having some of the best gardens in the Southeast. Among the most fascinating is the Biltmore garden, located at the 250-room Biltmore House, which was constructed by the Vanderbilt family during the Gilded Age.

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AMERICAN AIRLINES: MIAMI TO WASHINGTON, DC

Travel dates: Thursday, June 15 – Monday, June 19
Price: Starting at $168
There's always plenty to do in the nation's capital, with the endless assortment of museums, historic buildings, and stunning public spaces to explore. A particularly fun way to take it all in come summer is to rent a boat in Georgetown or from the Capitol Riverfront and paddle past some of the country's most famous monuments, seeing them from an entirely new perspective.