Easy trips to warm destinations during winter/spring?

beach palm branchCarolyn emails:

My fiance and I are getting hitched in Albany this spring and looking for ideas for our honeymoon. We want to head somewhere tropical to relax and reflect on what I expect will be a manic but amazing time. Wondering if the AOA crowd-sourced think-tank has any suggestions for easy flights to tropical locales out of the Albany airport.We'd love to leave Albany in the morning and be having dinner and drinks on the beach.

In our somewhat silly "most degrees for your airfare dollar" post this year, south Florida fared (ha) well. And there could be a bit more airline competition by then.

Got a suggestion for Carolyn and her fiance? Please share!

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Check out the Dominican Republic. Went to Gran Bahia Ambar and had an amazing time last year. Didn't break the bank either.

We went to the Rivera Maya near Cancun for our honeymoon in May. We took a flight from ALB at 8am, connected in Charlotte, and was in Cancun by 1:00. We stayed at the Secrets Capri, and would recommend it, but there are lots of resort options down there. We had never done an all-inclusive before, but it was just what we needed after the wedding - no worries, just show up and relax!

Something to consider - Southwest will be flying to Aruba, Cancun, Montego Bay, Nassau, and Cabo San Lucas from Albany starting August 26th - all with a layover, but still, they might be cheaper flights than what's out there now!

If you are interested in flying to Florida for practically nothing, look into Allegiant, which flies out of Stewart/Newburgh. The fares are all around $59 one way-- but they only fly on Mondays and Fridays, so you are there for either a weekend or a week. It's bare bones, but definitely saves you some $$ to spend on the more important details of your Honeymoon. You can even catch a cruise ship out of Tampa and spend the $$ you save on a luxury cabin upgrade.

I was just thinking about this actually, how all I wanted to do last winter was go somewhere warm for just a few days. So I just booked a trip to Fort Myers/Naples for next January. Southwest flies there with one layover. Not necessarily tropical, but at least it's warm. Also, it was free since I booked using points.

Southwest's schedule just opened up through the beginning of March, so if you're going to use them, I would book soon because prices will go up as seats get taken.

Puerto Rico!!!

I'm a big fan of the Southwest Credit Card, which has a sign up bonus of one or two free round trip flights depending on the current promotion. Southwest goes from Alb to Puerto Rico, Tampa (for a cruise?), Nassau, Cancun, Aruba and Ft. Lauderdale/Miami.

Personally, I'd go for Cancun-- 6 hr travel time and if you fly out during the week it's under $200 each way!

My favorite island trip was Bermuda. Leave Albany in the morning and be there for lunch. Clean, safe, English, but not cheap. I recomend a meal plan if possable.

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