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Bargain beach fares from $29

/ Source: Sherman's Travel

The deal
The quintessential summer vacation of sun, surf, and sand just got more affordable with the fresh batch of fare sales we've found to popular beach destinations in Florida, California, the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, and beyond. From U.S. coastal retreats to exotic tropical locales, we’ve got you covered.

What’s more, many of these airfare deals are valid well into fall, so you can plan ahead to brighten up autumn days once the summer sun starts fading. Look for bargain beach fares priced from as low as $29 each way — you’ll just have to hurry up and book, as some of these great deals are set to expire in the coming days.

The deal: JetBlue has posted some of the biggest blowout fares we’ve seen on flights to the Bahamas, with jaw-dropper $29 one-way rates available via Fort Lauderdale. We were also able to pin down low fares via NYC, Boston, and Orlando while conducting random searches for itineraries in September.

Sample one-way fares to Nassau, Bahamas from: Fort Lauderdale $29; Orlando $59; Boston $99; NYC $94; and more

The catch: Sale fares are valid for travel on Tuesdays or Wednesdays only.

Travel by: September 30 from Fort Lauderdale; October 31 from NYC; through 2009 from Boston or Orlando.

Book by: ASAP (a 10-day advance purchase is required for fares from NYC).

The deal: Fly from four U.S. cities to Kingston or Montego Bay with discounted deals on Air Jamaica flights in late summer, and in some instances, into early fall.

Sample one-way fares: Fort Lauderdale–Kingston $79; Chicago–Montego Bay $199; NYC–Kingston $184; and more.

The catch: Jamaica is subject to storms this time of year.

Travel by: Varies by market through October 31

Book by: Varies by market from July 23 through October 22

The deal: Score flight deals to tropical locales via New York City, courtesy of Delta’s newly posted special rates (on Expedia) to hot spots in Bermuda, the Caribbean, Mexico, South America, and more.

Sample round-trip fares from NYC to: Santo Domingo $129; Bermuda $119; Puerto Rico $105; Rio de Janeiro $498; and more.

The catch: Fares may include day-of-week restrictions, blackout dates, and minimum/maximum stay requirements, dependent upon market.

Travel by: December 15

Book by: August 31

$158+: or fares on Continental (round-trip)
The deal: Continental is making it easy to plan a discount vacation that's close to home with the discounted round-trip fares it’s posted to and beach destinations. Note that the majority of their sale fares take off from Cleveland, New York (Newark), and Houston.

Sample round-trip fares: Cleveland–Tampa $158; NYC–Miami $188; Philadelphia–San Diego $182; Houston–L.A. $223; and more.

The catch: The lowest fares cited fluctuate regularly.

Travel by: Select periods through 2009

Book by: ASAP

The deal: Escape to Mexico’s popular and pristine resorts at Cancun and Cozumel without breaking the bank, thanks to the low American Airlines’ fares posted for travel in late summer and fall.

Sample one-way fares: NYC–Cancun $88; Miami–Cancun $95; San Francisco–Cancun $120; Wichita–Cozumel $120; and more.

The catch: Sale fares are valid for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays; other days are subject to higher fares. Also, sale fares are valid for travel to/from Cozumel on Saturdays only after September 1.

Travel by: August 2–December 16

Book by: ASAP (a 10-day advance purchase is required)

The deal: US Airways has posted a batch of affordable round-trip fares from more than 10 U.S. cities to sunny and exclusive Los Cabos, Mexico.

Sample one-way fares to Los Cabos from: San Francisco $190; Seattle $218; Phoenix $278; Detroit $338; and more.

The catch: Sale fares are largely restricted to weekday travel.

Travel by: Through December 12 (from most U.S. cities)

Book by: ASAP

The deal: Hawaiian Airlines is currently offering a 10 percent discount to site visitors who create a free frequent flyers account online. The discount “eCertificate” is applicable towards future round-trip flights to Hawaii, departing from select cities in the Pacific Northwest or Northern California.

The catch: Discount is limited to two passengers per booking.

Travel by: August 15–March 1 (blackout dates apply)

Book by: August 31

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