Looking to fly to New York City or even Beijing for under $500? Take advantage of the seasonal pre-summer drop in airfare, just before rates climb back up in late-May.

The weeks leading up to summer are notorious for inciting deep wanderlust among us. That feeling of feverishly packing a weekend duffel and making a beeline for SFO—where you've paid a cringe-worthy, wallet-emptying amount of money for a June, July, or August plane ticket—so you can, after a half-day spent at 39,000-feet, plant yourself firmly atop a white sand beach somewhere in the South Pacific.

But, with a little planning and some foresight, you too can embark on that same journey for hundreds of dollars less. So invest in a few travel-size shampoos and get ready to switch-on airplane mode, because here are 25 flights that have taken a nosedive in price because of off-season drop in airfare demand.


Look out for these cheap domestic flights leaving SFO:

Las Vegas for $84 (Depart April 26th via United Airlines, return May 2nd)

Portland for $125 (Depart April 26th via United, Alaskan Air, or Virgin Airlines, return May 2nd)

Seattle for $184 (Depart April 18th via United, Alaskan Air, or Virgin Airlines, return April 24th)

Chicago for $197 (Depart April 11th via American Airlines, return April 14th, 19th or 20th)

Dallas for $197 (Depart April 11th via United or American Airlines , return April 15th, 18th, or 19th)

Austin for $260 (Depart April 25th via Frontier Airlines, return May 2nd)

Washington D.C. for $260 (Depart May 8th via Frontier Airlines, return May 10th)

Miami for $277 (Depart May 2nd via Frontier Airlines, return May 9th or 10th)

Nashville for $277 (Depart April 21st via Frontier Airlines, return April 26th)

New York City for $280 (Depart April 4th via American Airlines, return April 11th)

Boston for $296 (Depart May 7th via Sun Country Airlines, return May 12th)

New Orleans for $316 (Depart April 25th via Frontier Airlines, return April 27)

Honolulu for $447 (Depart April 26th via United or Hawaiian Airlines, return May 2nd)


Pro Tip: If you come across deals or discounts that sound almost too good to be true, they probably are. Budget airlines such as Spirit usually offer the cheapest face-value tickets available, but at a cost. (You can end-up paying as much as a $100 per carry-on, each way.) Triple-check the fine print—seating assignments, carry on policies, pricing, etc.—before finalizing your booking.


Bargain-basement international flights leaving SFO:

Vancouver for $217 (Depart April 24th via Delta Airlines, Return May 5th)

Mexico City for $240 (Depart May 10th via Volaris Airlines, return May 19th)

Paris for $450 (Depart May 1st via WOW Airlines, return May 16th)

Beijing for $485 (Depart April 24th via United Airlines, return May 5th)

Belize for $517 (Depart May 11th via COPA Airlines, return May 19th)

Tokyo for $628 (Depart May 9th via United Airlines, return May 11th)

Istanbul for $692 (Depart May 1st via United Airlines, return May 16th)

Cairo for $713 (Depart April 26th via Turkish Airlines, return May 5th)

Bali for $778 (Depart May 8th via Singapore Airlines, return May 18th)

Sydney for $787 (Depart May 10th via China Eastern Airlines, return May 18th)

Rio De Janeiro for $803 (Depart May 1st via Avianca Airlines, return May 16th)

Madrid for $935 (Depart April 13th via Aer Lingus/United Airlines, return April 20th)


Pro Tip: To save when traveling internationally, regardless of the season, try to book red-eye flights leaving between Monday and Wednesday. Generally speaking, mid-week, late-night departures will yield the most affordable ticket prices. (Plus, you can fall straight to sleep in one country, and literally wake up eight hours later in another.)