Top 5 US airports with the cheapest fares

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Researching multiple airlines for a deal is something every traveler has tried, but did you know that fares are also affected by the departure airport? A new report from FinanceBuzz has revealed the top 5 airports with the cheapest average fares and the most expensive airports to fly from. The study looked at the 45 busiest airports in the United States and determined which were the best for travelers trying to save money.

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It is not always possible to choose another departure airport, especially for travelers in cities with only one option. However, some airports with the cheapest average fares were from cities with more than one airport. When researching an upcoming trip, this data provides another avenue to seek out the ultimate savings. With rising inflation and rising travel costs, any method to save money is worth investigating.

Top 5 airports with The cheapest Average prices

1) Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL) – Florida

Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport building exterior

Average plane ticket: $233.36

FLL is a popular airport serving both Fort Lauderdale and the Miami area. There are three airports you can use in Miami, and two of them rank in the top five for the cheapest average fares. If you’re flying from Miami, Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Miami International Airport (MIA) will likely be cheaper than using the area’s third airport, Palm Beach International (PBI).

2) Orlando International Airport (MCO) – Florida

Orlando International Airport terminals from above

Average plane ticket: $241.01

MCO is one of the busiest airports in the United States and serves as a gateway to world famous theme parks like Disney World and Universal Studios. Two airports serve the Orlando area, with Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) being the second. If you are flying from Orlando, MCO will likely be the cheapest option.

3) Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) – Nevada

view of the Spirit Plane and the Strip and Harry Reid International Airport

Average plane ticket: $247.53

Last year, LAS ranked first airport for the cheapest average fares. However, MCO and FLL moved up the roster to claim the title. However, LAS still offers some of the cheapest fares in the country. Several other airports serve the Las Vegas area, but LAS offers the cheapest average fares. Other Las Vegas airports did not exceed the top 45 airports with the cheapest average fares.

4) Miami International Airport (MIA) – Florida

Colorful windows at Miami International Airport

Average plane ticket: $263.76

The second airport on the list serving the Miami area, MIA, is almost as busy as Orlando International Airport. The airport is slightly closer to downtown Miami than Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL). However, while FLL’s fares are significantly cheaper when searching, getting into the city isn’t much different from either airport.

5) Tampa International Airport (TPA) – Florida

Tampa International Airport

Average plane ticket: $270.88

Tampa International Airport (TPA) serves the area adjacent to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and is closest to downtown. Fares are likely to be cheaper starting from TPA. Still, travelers can find the occasional deal that’s better out of PIE via budget carrier Allegiant, which doesn’t serve TPA.

Travelers are sure to find some of the best deals when departing from the airports listed above, but it’s also important to know which airports to avoid, if possible. The airports below are ranked at the bottom of the list of airports with the lowest average fares.

5 airports with the Very expensive Average prices

1) Dulles International Airport (IAD) – DC

Average plane ticket: $408.08

2) San Francisco International Airport (SFO) – California

Average plane ticket: $400.66

3) Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) – Michigan

Average plane ticket: $366.33

4) Portland International Airport (PDX) – Oregon

Average plane ticket: $364.40

5) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) – New York

Average plane ticket: $360.94

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With how hectic travel has been this summer, any tips or tricks to help cut costs and make the travel experience easier are worth trying. The airports with the lowest average fares offer another aspect to consider when booking flights. If you’re traveling this summer, try to avoid checking baggage and make sure you know your passenger rights before you go in case something goes wrong.

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