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Summer vacation: 11 destinations with nonstop flights from Austin

San Juan is one of many destinations that can be reached through American Airlines. (Canva)

After the past two years, we all deserve a vacation. The weather is warming up and with a record-breaking 20 million passengers expected to pass through Austin-Bergstrom, it’s certain to be a bustling year for travel.

Expect more flights as ABIA grows into 2022’s changes but for now, take advantage of these great destinations you can reach via direct flight.

Amsterdam, Netherlands | KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

This brand-new flight, which started on March 28, will take you to the historical city of Amsterdam. Famous for its canals, high art museums and that famously laid-back Dutch lifestyle, the flight from Austin to Amsterdam runs on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has flights starting just above $500 if you book far enough in advance.

Aspen, Colorado | American Airlines

Whether you’re trying to book your next ski vacation in advance or want to spend the summer where it’s cooler, American Airlines will fly you directly to Aspen for right around $800 round-trip. Visit in late September for the Aspen Film Festival or hike the massive mountains in the summer if skiing isn’t your vibe.

Frankfurt, Germany | Lufthansa

Starting up again after a pandemic hiatus on April 8, Austinites can indulge in all the beer, sausage and German scenery they can handle after just one flight. Running on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Lufthansa will shuttle you from the Lone Star State to the largest city in Germany. Catch a round-trip flight for as low as $800.

Honolulu, Hawaii | Hawaiian Airlines

Say aloha to paradise, which is just a few hours away with Hawaiian Airlines’ direct flight. For just a bit more than $1,000 round trip, Honolulu’s surf destinations, volcanos, sun-kissed beaches and tourism of the largest city in Hawaii can be all yours for just a little while.

London, England | British Airways or Virgin Atlantic

Hop across the pond in one go by flying British Airways or Virgin Atlantic to London Town’s Heathrow airport. You can catch a flight with Virgin Atlantic beginning May 25, with starting prices hovering around $1,200 for a round-trip ticket, or through British Airways, starting around $500 each way.

Mexico City, Mexico | Aeromexico

The colors, history and mind-blowing food in Mexico is only $150 per ticket, when you fly with Aeromexico, each way—how could you afford not to go? Whether you’ve been dying to visit for Día de los Muertos or the Frida Kahlo museum, the capital city of Mexico is less than three hours away from Austin.

Miami, Florida | Southwest of American Airlines

Perfect for a weekend getaway, the sandy, white beaches of Miami await. For around $300 each way on Southwest and American Airlines, Miami’s Cuban food, Art Deco district and beachy vibes make it feel like summer all year long.

Monterrey, Mexico | Spirit Airlines

Like its fellow city to the south, it is nearly impossible not to have fun when you’re visiting. Don’t miss the crowded downtown Macroplaza, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Paseo de Santa Lucia and mountainous views as far as the eye can see. Fly direct from Spirit Airlines starting on June 22, with one-way tickets starting at $150.

Montego Bay, Jamaica | American Airlines

The beautiful clear blue beaches of Jamaica are just a single flight away when you fly with American Airlines, which can get you on the sand after about four hours in the air. A $700 round trip ticket is the only thing standing between you and island vibes.

San Juan, Puerto Rico | American Airlines

Known for its colorful architecture and lively nightlife scene, fly to San Juan in less than five hours through American Airlines. The cobblestone paths of Old San Juan will bring you back to the 16th century but the Paseo de la Princesa bayside promenade will show you a good time. Round trip tickets start around $400.

Vancouver, Canada | Air Canada

Can’t stand the Texas heat in the summertime? Spend the season up north! Located in the lush Canadian province of British Columbia, Vancouver will treat visitors to incredible views via the Capilano Suspension Bridge, whale watching tours and the city’s artistically-diverse scene. Flights begin on June 1, so grab tickets from Air Canada for about $200 each way.

Read a complete list of nonstop flights here.


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