10/13/2014 09:37 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Where to Fly for Savings This Fall

Time is running out for anyone still looking to use up their paid vacation days this year. Yet fall can be a great time to take advantage of off-peak prices, even amid the current trend of rising airfares.

But where should you go? recently conducted a data study to identify the destinations that will save you money on flights (compared with last year). The overwhelming conclusion was that - with the exception of Dallas - travelers should head west this fall.

For the post-Thanksgiving period, airfares to Los Angeles, Denver, Maui and Phoenix all cost less than last year; down an average 2%-8%. And despite being associated with expensive fares, Hawaii also offers the best deal for Thanksgiving travel. Honolulu was the only destination in the U.S. to experience a fare decrease for travel between Nov. 21-30.

In contrast, Florida's continued popularity over the fall has played a role in rising fares. For instance, flights to Tampa between Dec. 1-21 cost 25% more in 2014 compared with last year. Airfares to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Miami are also up an average 7%-20% this fall.


For hotels, the west also seems to be an attractive proposition. Travelzoo has found some amazing hotel deals on Maui and Oahu that deliver 55% and 40% savings on peak prices, respectively. Similarly, hotels near Los Angeles and Phoenix are available at 45% off.

For a complete list of today's best fares for fall, visit

Happy travels!

Michelle Erickson is the director of public relations at and is based in California. A British native, Michelle has lived on three continents and is an avid traveler.