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This Spring Break BING Says Florida Is Your Best Bet

2011 SPRING BREAK FORECEAST FROM BING: FARES EXPECTED TO BE HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR BUT HEAD TO EUROPE OR FLORIDA FOR BEST DEALS

You can absolutely expect higher fares this spring break.  Overall, the average airfare price this year is $489, a 10.5% increase from last year’s $443 average.  But don’t lose hope! Deals are still available.

Flights from Seattle to Salt Lake City are down about 7% from last year, as are flights from Dallas to Jacksonville. Fares to Cancun, Mexico’s spring break hotspot, from some U.S. cities are also down this year including flights from Philadelphia (-8.3%) and Atlanta (-15.7%)


If you want to escape to somewhere warm, Florida is the ticket! Many of the best deals of the season are on flights to Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa. Here are a few of the lowest average fares to Florida:

  • Atlanta to West Palm Beach, $181
  • Boston to Jacksonville, $233
  • Philadelphia to Orlando, $217

Want to go to Europe for the week? Here are the cities that have dropped in price the most:

  • Dallas to Paris (-11%)
  • New York to Amsterdam (-13%)
  • Philadelphia to Paris (-12%)
  • San Francisco to Paris (-9%)
  • Seattle to Rome, Italy (-9%)

Top 5 Warm-Weather Routes with Lowest Average Ticket Price:

  • Atlanta to West Palm Beach, $181
  • Atlanta to Jacksonville, $202
  • D.C. to Ft. Lauderdale, $209
  • Atlanta to New Orleans, $209
  • Houston to New Orleans, $204

Top 5 Routes with Highest Average Price Increase Over Spring Break:

  • Dallas to Nassau, Bahamas, $544 (+47%)
  • New York to Vancouver, Canada, $596 (+64%)
  • Seattle to Nassau, Bahamas, $762 (+41%)
  • Philadelphia to San Juan, Puerto Rico, $939 (+54%)
  • Chicago to San Juan, Puerto Rico, $553 (+54%)

BING TRAVEL’S TIPS TO GET THE BEST SPRING BREAK DEALS

  • Be Flexible. Travelers can save big by avoiding the peak travel times during spring break. For example, you can save $25-$125 per ticket by travelling from a Monday-Monday or Tuesday-Tuesday instead of from Saturday – Saturday. Use the Bing Travel Flexible Travel graph to help determine the best days to travel.
  • Use Available Tools. Making the booking process easy, Bing Travel also allows travelers to book their trips with confidence when they use Bing’s Price Predictor. This technology and data will tell you if the lowest fare for a trip is rising or dropping over the next seven days. If Bing tells you to wait on that purchase, you can set a “fare alert” for Bing to email you when your fare is low and ready to buy. When booking a hotel, Rate Indicator helps you find the best deals by showing you which hotels are offering a rate that is lower than their historical rates.
  • Avoid Travel Surcharges. Make sure to be well informed about your airlines’ fees. Keep an eye out for holiday surcharges, baggage fees, and charges for pillows, meals and even aisle/exit row seats.
  • Get Inspired. Get the inspiration you need for your next trip by checking out Bing’s visual collection of various hot spot vacation destinations around the world.

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