As a kid growing up, I often thought that flying was inordinately expensive. And, to a certain degree, my perception was accurate: when I was seven, I asked my mother how much a round trip plane ticket to Florida from our home in Maine was. (She replied that it was well north of $300 which, in 2016, would be around $432.00). And while obviously my sense of money wasn’t what it is now, as $10 seemed like a lot of money to this particular seven-year-old, I came to think that it was very much a luxury that I would seldom get to enjoy throughout the rest of my life. I found this to be a shame, as there were many things that I really enjoyed about flight — from the sheer excitement of takeoff and landing to the intricate logistics that comprise the operation of commercial flights.
However, as time has gone on, there have been myriad factors that have made the price of flying drop drastically: increasingly efficient aircraft, the saturation of seats in certain markets, and low-cost carriers providing the legacy carriers with increased competition (to name a few). At 24, I’ve flown 12 times in the past two years, which is exactly double the six times that I flew in the first 22 years of my life. Part of that is due to the fact that I have my own income and choose to spend money on flying instead of other things — I don’t rack up hundreds of dollars on bar tabs, fancy restaurant bills, or shopping trips — but it’s also due to the increasing affordability of flights everywhere.
With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to look at Google Flights and compile a list of sub-$100 round trip flights that I found from my home airport of Boston Logan (KBOS) to a variety of domestic destinations throughout this summer. This list is somewhat disorganized, as it was very much something I did for fun, but I’ve taken two sub-$100 trips on flights that I found researching for this spreadsheet, so I can even vouch for its effectiveness. And though the volatility of fuel prices — which have been low for the past few months — is unpredictable, meaning that ticket prices could increase dramatically, I think that it’s worth noting how affordable flying has become, and how you, too, can find plenty of affordable flights if you’re able to analyze market behavior and book accordingly.
Disclaimer: I do not guarantee that any of the information in this spreadsheet is accurate as of today. This list was compiled some time in early May of 2016. As such, many of the prices will have increased significantly in the month or so that has passed (as of today, I’ve noticed that prices for Newark, in particular, have increased); moreover, some of the dates here have passed altogether. You are free to tell me of any changes that you observe, but the purpose of this sheet was simply to show that there are a number of affordable flights out there rather than highlighting a certain fare, route, or carrier.
(Of course, these round trips are solely flights originating in Boston. However, there are a variety of other cheap flights that you can find throughout the United States.)