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Holiday flights are usually some of the most expensive as it’s peak travel season with some of the busiest travel volumes. However, visiting another place during the holiday season can be a magical experience. The good news is you’re likely to find flight deals from American, United and Southwest Airlines that also serve most domestic destinations.

American Airlines

Your best option for an American Airlines holiday discount is up to $250 off round-trip European vacation packages when you use promo code DISCOVER2022 when booking before November 30, 2022, and complete your trip before March 31, 2023.

While potentially less valuable than an upfront discount, Merida vacations in Mexico that are booked by November 30, 2022, can earn 25,000 bonus miles to redeem on a future award flight.

Another option is sifting through the American Airlines Low Fare Finder is one of the best options to search for discounts by route and travel date. This tool collects fares from the last 24 hours and mentions the last time the price was updated.

As of this writing, there are no highlighted fares for Christmas or the New Year holiday, but you can find plenty of mid-December, January and February options. Select domestic round-trip bookings can cost as little as $90.

You can also search for flights by a specific route and travel date for personalized results.

For example, a round-trip flight between Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) and Los Angeles International (LAX) can be as low as $329 from December 22, 2022, to December 29, 2022. But, flying on an off-week reduces the total cost to as low as $150.

It’s also worth checking the airline website for travel deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, although there are no early Black Friday sales. In previous years, it’s been possible to find discounts as high as 40% on select routes and dates.

Southwest Airlines

In most situations, Southwest Airlines is one of the most affordable airlines that flies to many domestic, Caribbean and Latin American destinations. This airline is famous for its flash sales that offer savings on select routes.

The airline hasn’t published official Black Friday flight deals yet, but flyers anticipate up to 40% off select routes and dates if this year is like previous events.

Check back for more deals on Black Friday (11/25) and Cyber Monday (11/28), when you’re likely to find a dedicated sales page with time-sensitive deals on the Special Offers page. There are deals for flights plus hotels and rental cars.

For now, booking a vacation package through Southwest Vacations is one of your best options, as you can save up to $300 and flight and hotel or flight and car bookings when you book by November 24, 2022. Some of the sample savings include:

  • $300 savings on Hawaii packages of $1,500 or more
  • $300 savings on Mexico and Caribbean packages exceeding $1,500
  • $150 savings on U.S. packages exceeding $1,500

You can save from $100 to $250 on cheaper packages. Learn more about the fine details here.

You can also browse flight deals by departure location. The flexible calendar makes it easy to find the cheapest travel dates for holiday flights.

United Airlines

United now offers a Weekly Deals page to quickly see some of the lowest fares for domestic and international travel. You can find domestic round trips for less than $120 and foreign itineraries for $600 or less.

Using the United Airlines Destination Map is one of the easiest ways to find flight prices within your budget. For example, you can fly round-trip around Christmas from Dallas to these destinations at these costs:

  • Chicago: $306
  • Denver: $298
  • Las Vegas: $385
  • New Orleans: $245

These prices are higher than the previous years as air travel is expected to rival or exceed pre-pandemic travel levels this season.

In years past, United offered up to 30% off routes on Black Friday. You can view this year’s best deals on their special offers page on the respective shopping day.

One deal that’s been released so far from Forbes is $150 off select Hawaii bookings.

Flight Booking Site Discounts

Booking directly through the airline provides more negotiation power if you need to cancel your flight or rebook due to extreme weather or personal illness. However, booking through a third-party travel booking site can save a few bucks.

These platforms offer extra savings on many travel purchases when you use a promo code.

CheapOair

Check out the CheapOair Black Friday page here for one-day deals. You can also enter promo code BFRIDAY40 to save up to $40 on bookings.

Priceline

The Priceline Black Friday Sale runs from 8:30 am EST on November 21, 2022, to 11:59 pm EDT on November 28, 2022. You can save 10% on flights, hotels and rental cars by entering coupon code BF2022 here.

Some of the best deals begin appearing at 10 pm EST on November 22, 2022. Unfortunately, flights booked through the Priceline app do not qualify for the discount.

Summary

Finding discounted holiday flights will require more work this year as planes are full and airlines don’t need to offer enticing sales to drum up business. Vacation packages, Black Friday and Cyber Monday flash sales and Black Friday deals on travel gear are your best ways to save money right now.

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