7 Affordable Flights to Book for a Midwinter Getaway

As wonderful as this time of year can be, it’s also, well…a bit of a slog. (Say goodbye to weekends that aren’t completely booked for the next six weeks.) You need a light at the end of the tinsel-strewn tunnel, so we’ve scouted out the best flights to book now for a much-needed getaway in the New Year. 

A Complete Guide to Williamsburg Hotels

fort lauderdale florida
Art Wager/Getty Images

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Miami’s charming little sister is having a moment, with a booming art scene, eclectic restaurants and the opportunity to barhop by boat. Oh, and a round-trip flight will set you back just 80 bucks.

volcano costa rica

San José, Costa Rica

In need of a post-holiday excursion filled with waterfalls, lemurs and zip-lining? Hop on a $279 flight to Costa Rica’s capital. Spend a few days taking in the town’s museums and barrios, then rent a four-wheel drive to explore the area’s famed cloud forests.

paris france street
BrasilNut1/Getty Images

Paris, France

A long weekend in the City of Light for $269? Mais oui. Even if you’ve been before, we bet there are a few bucket-list activities you haven’t checked off yet (like exploring the catacombs or gallery hopping in the Marais).

jackson hole wyoming
TenleyThompson/Getty Images

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Calling all ski bums: The mountain town with Wild West roots is a nonstop five-hour flight away (from $291). Once you’ve had your fill of those black diamonds (or green circles, no judgment), go snowshoeing in Grand Teton National Park or check out the winter herds at the National Elk Refuge.

vienna austria
agustavop/Getty Images

Vienna, Austria

The world’s most livable city boasts regal architecture, a car-free city center and food that was made for the colder months (hello, schnitzel and chocolate-apricot Sacher torte). And if you feel like ditching your relatives, the city’s Christmas markets are straight out of a snow globe. (We saw tickets for about $360.)

sunrise south korea
Neophoto/Getty Image

Seoul, South Korea

The bad news: Winter weather in Seoul is about the same as it is here. The good news: You’ll have scores of street-food stalls and futuristic shopping hubs to distract you (flights start around $450). Be sure to check out the 24-hour karaoke dens in Hongdae, the traditional dwellings in Bukchon Hanok Village and the K-beauty shops in Myeongdong.

sydney australia bikes
xiavierarnau/Getty Images

Sydney, Australia

The best way to escape the dead of winter? Go where it’s currently summer. And while we realize a trip to the southern hemisphere isn’t exactly an impulse buy, the fares we spotted (in the $600 range) are no joke.

purewow author


From 2016-2019 Carolyn Kuang-chen Stanley held the role of Editor covering food, travel and all things nyc.