Spring Break Savings Tip: Fly Into a Busy Airport

Looking for a family spring break destination with affordable airfare? One trick is to choose a vacation spot near a busy airport.

Airlines set prices using surge pricing, which means they are determined by supply and demand. Some destinations with smaller airports receive a huge influx of travelers during spring break, which makes airline seats scarce, which in turn drives up prices. 

On the other hand, if you choose a destination near a busy airport, the spring break crowds barely make a dent in the overall air traffic, and airline ticket prices stay relatively flat. 

Here are destinations within easy reach of the busiest US airports:

01 of 07


Piedmont Park, Atlanta
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Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) is the busiest in the country, which keeps flights into the Athens of the South impervious to any spring break traffic bumps. 

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02 of 07


Cloud Gate, Chicago
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America's second busiest airport is Chicago O'Hare (ORD). World-class museums and other attractions make the Windy City a slam dunk for family getaways.

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03 of 07

Los Angeles

Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles
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So many flights go in and out of LAX every day that the increased spring break demand makes little difference to prices. Top attractions include Hollywood, museums, beaches, and the zoo.

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04 of 07


Pioneer Park, Dallas
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Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is the fourth busiest airport in the nation, which insures that spring break airfares to Big D won't jump up. 

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Denver and the Rocky Mountains
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Fancy a late-season family ski trip? Denver International (DEN) is the nation's fifth busiest airport and Mile High City is within an easy drive of many ski mountains.

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06 of 07

New York City


Coming in at number 6 is John F Kennedy International (JFK). Like Chicago and Los Angeles, the Big Apple sees such constant inbound and outbound air traffic that spring break demand has little impact.

07 of 07

San Francisco

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California's second busiest airport is San Francisco International (SFO), which puts you at the doorstep of the City by the Bay and the whole Bay Area. 

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