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Spring Break 2013: Airfare is Up, With a Few Bargain Destinations

Travelers Today       By    Amanda Woods

Updated: Feb 27, 2013 09:49 PM EST

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Students (and families) paying for spring break trips are going to have to dish out a little more cash this year. Airfare for spring break is up almost double digits from last year, ABC News reported.

This spring break, the average price of a round-trip domestic ticket is nine percent higher than last year, according to the online travel booking site Travelocity.  From March 1 to April 15, when most spring breaks fall, the going rate is $372 round-trip, inclusive of tax but not optional fees like baggage or seat selection.

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Airfare has spiked up in each of the top 10 most popular domestic destinations since last year. While some increases are tiny, like the 0.8 increase for Los Angeles, airfare to Washington D.C. has significantly increased -- 20 percent.

For international trips, the average price has increased to $782 -- a seven percent increase from last year, ABC reported.

Luckily, though, travelers who wish to vacation in traditionally popular spring break destinations will find some of the most competitive prices. South Florida and Orlando are on average $369 and $350, respectively -- slightly lower than the national average, according to ABC.

Travelers who wish to visit major cities such as New York, Chicago, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. (even with the 20 percent spike) can also find flights under the national average.

Skiers don't need to worry much about the increasing fees, either, because a ticket to Denver, a skiing hotspot, costs -- on average -- just $289 round-trip.

And for those who want to spend their spring breaks overseas, the costs of flights to the Bahamas and San Juan, Puerto Rico have dipped slightly from last year, a five and three percent decrease, respectively, according to ABC.

In Hawaii, each of the airports has seen a price drop between one and four percent since last year, according to Hotwire.com.

Although it's not cheap to travel to London or Paris, Travelocity indicates that airfare to those cities is almost 40 percent less than at this time last year.

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