The New Year will see the return of many popular transatlantic routes from the biggie gateway airports on both coasts. Now is the time to flag a few destinations — using Google Flights — to be notified of price drops.
Another big reason to keep an eye on new routes is to discover the best routes to use your saved-up frequent flyer miles or points obtained through travel credit cards. Check out Point.me for help with miles/reward point availability. This handy service is offered with a free trial or fees from $5 per day with other pay packages available.
And a third reason to look closer at new routes is to bag a nonstop flight — or book with points — for peak summer trips before they are sold out!
For instance, Delta Air Lines will introduce several new nonstop routes from Atlanta starting June 7 to Reno-Tahoe, Fresno, Santa Barbara, Oakland and Burbank.
One-way rates to any of these cities are $209 for Basic Economy; $254 for Main Cabin Economy and $349 for Economy Comfort +. These rates can vary slightly by destination and are valid for flights starting on the first day of service — June 7.
However, a lower round-trip rate of $318 ($378 for Reno) begins on various dates:
- Reno and Oakland – June 11
- Fresno – June 27
- Santa Barbara – July 1
- Burbank – August 13
None of these prices have a ticket-by date but seats at the $318 round-trip level won’t last too long.
These new routes are ideal for a summer vacay. For instance, Yosemite National Park is about a two-hour drive from Fresno with Oakland about a 3.5-hour drive. One of the most stunning spots in our country is the Lake Tahoe area, a drive of just under an hour – or longer on a more leisurely road trip.
If you’re aiming for the lowest possible airfare, you can still book an open-jaw ticket which is a flight into one city and out of another.
See all of the many new routes from other gateways on our Top Travel Deals page.
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