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Deal alert: Round-trip flights to Orlando for under $100

The Points Guy logo The Points Guy 11/29/2021 Liz Ramanand
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If you’re still trying to decide upon a holiday gift for the family, how does a trip to Orlando sound? American, Delta, JetBlue and United are offering affordable round-trip economy flights, some for under $100. Travel during most of 2022 (January-October) from departure cities across the U.S.

It’s the perfect chance to explore iconic destinations such as Walt Disney World and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, and the new attractions in the works there.

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a group of people standing in front of a statue: Universal Orlando. (Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando) © The Points Guy Universal Orlando. (Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando)

The deal was originally sent out by Thrifty Traveler to its Premium members, who are notified about cheap flights, award flight sales and business-class deals by email for $7.99 monthly or $49.99 annually.

The offer applies to travel from January 2022 through October 2022.

Some of the cheapest flights we found to Orlando (MCO) were from Cinncinati (CVG) at $97;  from Newark (EWR) at $107; from Washington, D.C. (IAD), at $117; from Detroit (DTW) at $127; and from Portland, Oregon (PDX), at $278 for basic economy seats.

Deal basics

Airlines: American, Delta, JetBlue and United.

Routes:  Detroit (DTW), Boston (BOS), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Philadelphia (PHL), Atlanta (ATL), Chicago (ORD), Houston (IAH), Washinton, D.C. (IAD), and many more cities to Orlando (MCO).

How to book: Directly through airline sites or Google Flights.

Travel dates: January-October 2022.

Related: From butterbeer to wands: Everything you need to know about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

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Sample flights

The deal includes basic economy round-trip flights from a long list of cities across the U.S. including:

  • Atlanta (ATL).
  • Chicago (ORD).
  • Cincinnati (CVG).
  • Cleveland (CLE).
  • Detroit (DTW).
  • Houston (IAH).
  • Los Angeles (LAX).
  • Nashville (BNA).
  • New Orleans (MSY).
  • New York (JFK/LGA).
  • Newark (EWR).
  • Portland (PDX).
  • Washington, D.C. (IAD).

TPG found an economy ticket in January on Delta from Cincinnati (CVG) to Orlando (MCO) for $97 round-trip on Google Flights.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights) © The Points Guy (Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

For travelers in the New York and New Jersey area, there are direct JetBlue flights available at the beginning of February for $107 round-trip from EWR.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights) © The Points Guy (Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

There are multiple nonstop flights from Washington, D.C. (IAD), to MCO during February via United Airlines for $117.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights) © The Points Guy (Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

On American Airlines, flights are available toward the end of January from Detroit (DTW) to MCO for $127.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights) © The Points Guy (Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Maximize your purchase

Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), the Citi Prestige® Card for 5x on airfare, the Citi Premier® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve for 3x on air travel, the American Express® Gold Card for 3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2x on travel. Frequent JetBlue flyers can use the JetBlue Plus Card for 6x on eligible JetBlue purchases, the JetBlue Card for 3x on eligible JetBlue purchases or the JetBlue Business Card for 6x on eligible JetBlue purchases.

The information for the JetBlue Card, the JetBlue Plus Card, the JetBlue Business Card and the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

Orlando’s appeal ranges far and wide, though the mouse ears and wizard hats are the top draws in our book. The wide range of dates, departure cities and great fares make this deal to the Sunshine State one that is hard to pass up.

Featured photo courtesy of Universal Orlando.

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Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.


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