Boston is usually known for its expensive airfares and high accommodations prices. But this winter, the travel stars are alinged for visitors on a budget, with more affordable flights and hotels. And while winter is certainly the coldest time to visit the city, Boston's recent recognition in Travel + Leisure's America's Favorite Cities for its outstanding offerings in historical sites and classical music means there are plenty of ways to stay entertained out of the chill.
Boston is bucking the nationwide trend of rising airfare prices as intense competition driven by low-fare carriers—including AirTran, JetBlue, and Southwest—actually pushes airfare prices down. Throw in JetBlue's new service between Washington, D.C., and Boston, and you've got a city that's easier and cheaper to get to than ever before.
Hotel, dining, and entertainment discounts are likely to last all winter long, but some of the best deals right now are concentrated around the beginning of the season. The Mayor's Holiday Special offer discounts around the city through January 1. Deals include $10 off meals of $40 or more at participating restaurants, half-price tickets on performances, and lodging discounts such as 15 percent off stays at the Back Bay Hotel.
Visitors can also find holiday season specials at upscale properties such as the Fairmont Copley Plaza's rates from $219 a night, plus shopping discounts, or the Escape the In-Laws package at Hotel Indigo, which starts at $149 a night and includes luxury accommodations, a bottle of wine, and in-room breakfast.