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You may want to re-think your 'staycation'

By Layron Livingston - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Desperate times call for deep discount measures. The heat is on, and airlines are offering some of the lowest fares to popular vacation spots across the country.

We found some pretty incredible deals which may have you reconsidering this year's "staycation."

On its web site, Southwest Airlines touted "it's never been this on sale." On Tuesday, the carrier announced that flights to every city were on sale for 48 hours. One-way fares out of Dallas and Houston were as cheap as $30 to places like Austin and San Antonio.

Want to go farther? I personally recommend checking out the new Sky Boxes at the top of the Sears Tower in Chicago (not for those with a fear of heights). One-way fares to the windy city were only $90. It was the same price to go to "sin city" and "the big apple". But, of course, there's a catch. You had to book by midnight Wednesday (July 8th) and plan to travel between September 9th and November 18th, any day except Fridays and Sundays.

It's an early start to the airline ticket sales you normally see in the fall. Fewer travelers are flying, and airlines like American and Frontier are offering flights under $100 to get passengers in the seats.

How about one-way trips for as low as $39? Airtran is promoting its "hotspots and cool prices" sale. The cheapest we found was flying out of Dallas to Orlando was $69., or you could pay $79 to fly from Houston to D.C. Airtran tickets must be purchased by Thursday (July 9th). Trips have to be made by November 11th, and fares are valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. A 10-day advance purchase is also required.

The deals are up in the air, so take your pick and keep a little more spending cash in your pocket.

Click here to check out Travelocity's deals.

Click here to check out Southwest Airline's deals.

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