Turns Out This Is the Smartest (and Easiest) Way to Score Cheap Flights

Updated 05/06/19

Ideally, we'd be able to jet across the world for every long weekend, but in reality, the cost of travel can be a major deterrent. Once you've settled on the destination, finding a reasonable flight that doesn't involve multiple stopovers or cost your entire paycheck is the next big hurdle. If you've exhausted Hopper and The Flight Deal and still can't find a good deal, don't worry—there's one more hack worth trying.

Frequent flyers swear by one handy method that could cut the cost of your flight in half: booking "neighbor" airports. By flying into a lesser-known nearby airport, rather than a central city hub, you're able to access cheaper flights for the slight inconvenience. For example, those who fly to Fort Lauderdale instead of Miami and take a quick ride share often pay less (saving more money for poolside margaritas).

Not sure how to hone your search? We tapped travel forums and Facebook groups to find out about the lesser-known cheap airports to fly into. Your next vacation awaits…

Best Airports to Fly Into
Stacie Flinner / @stacieflinner

Destination: Miami
Best Airport: Fort Lauderdale

Destination: Miami
Best Airport: Fort Lauderdale

Faena Miami
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Destination: Bosnia
Best Airport: Dubrovnik

Destination: Bosnia
Best Airport: Dubrovnik

Best Airports to Fly Into— Bosnia
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Destination: Ljubljana
Best Airport: Venice or Zagreb

Destination: Ljubljana
Best Airport: Venice or Zagreb

Lake Bled, Slovenia
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Destination: New York
Best Airport: La Guardia

Destination: New York
Best Airport: La Guardia

Best Airports to Fly into—New York
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Destination: San Sebastian
Best Airport: Bilbao

Destination: San Sebastian
Best Airport: Bilbao

San Sebastian Flights

Destination: Chicago
Best Airport: O'Hare

Destination: Chicago
Best Airport: O'Hare

Chicago Airports
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Destination: San Francisco
Best Airport: Oakland

Destination: San Francisco
Best Airport: Oakland

San Francisco Airports
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