I’ve been getting a lot of “where should I go for Christmas?” or “how can I not completely go broke traveling for the holidays?” emails from travelers lately.
Thanksgiving and Christmas are notoriously hectic and expensive days to travel. Unsurprisingly, those two holidays rank as the worst weeks to fly during the year.
I’ve traveled for the holidays myself, when I flew to Johannesburg and Cape Town for Thanksgiving 2016 on a $400 South African Airways glitch fare. But even if you don’t snag a mistake fare before the holidays, it’s possible to have a low-stress, inexpensive vacation. Here are seven destinations under $700 to consider flying to this holiday season.
Delta is running a great sale to Honolulu, with nonstop flights from Los Angeles for Thanksgiving dates under $300. Honolulu is a great holiday destination with great beaches, great weather, and excellent food.
LAX – HNL, $285 round-trip, Thanksgiving
Not to be outdone, Alaska has nonstop flights from San Francisco to Honolulu with Christmas availability for under $500.
SFO - HNL, $457 round-trip, Christmas
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
KL is a long, long, long, flight but totally worth it once you’re on the ground and recovered from jet lag.
China Eastern is running a sale from New York JFK airport to this southeast Asia country’s capital city with Thanksgiving dates for under $500 round-trip. Once in KL, make sure you visit the Batu Caves, the Petronas Towers, and sample some authentic Malay food.
NYC - KUL, $486 round-trip, Thanksgiving
How does spending Christmas in London sound? It’s possible to do it for under $450 flying out of Washington’s Dulles International Airport.
Primera Air, a low-budget airline, is offering nonstop transatlantic flights from the DC area straight to London.
IAD - STN, $445 round-trip, Christmas
High in the Andes Mountains, this picturesque city is a prime vacation spot that is super affordable once you get on the ground.
If you’re in the Atlanta area, you can snag nonstop Delta flights to Ecuador for just under $650 and spend Christmas in Quito.
ATL – UIO, $647 round-trip, Christmas
Air France and KLM are running Thanksgiving week flights to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and its largest city, for just under $650.
Once on the ground, make sure you check out Nairobi’s shopping scene, wildlife, and hiking opportunities. Mount Kilimanjaro is also just a short one-hour flight away.
JFK – NBO, $648 round-trip, Thanksgiving