Gateway drugs? Bad.
Gateway cities? Good. Really good.
Who doesn’t love Joanne the Scammer? I’ve been known to run a scam or two, but my greatest capers have all involved travel. As Joanne famously says “If I can afford it, I steal it.” I totally live by this philosophy because I’m all about getting the best bang for my buck. In my “See The World for $1000” post, I casually mentioned ‘gateway cities’, but didn’t really go into detail on how to exactly run this scam. Luckily, I’m not a stingy b*tch that lives for drama so I’m sharing my fool proof way to book a flight to a farway land for the low.
As I’ve said before, the goal of getting to your dream location is about getting on the continent, not the exact city. That’s where gateway cities come in. These are cities that are naturally cheap to fly into or frequently known to have sales. Once you’re on land, cheapy continental flights are easy to come buy. Once you tally up the cost of both flights, it will be hundreds of dollars cheaper than if you would’ve taken a direct flight. Plus, you get an extra city added to your trip adding stamps to your passport and thot shots for the ‘gram.
See the top gateway cities below!
Back in 2011, I wanted to go to Morocco. Flights at the time were $1200. That was a NO, but I was determined to get there by any means necessary, you feel me Malcolm? Digging around the internet, I found the low-cost carriers EasyJet and RyanAir. If I could get to Europe for the low, I’d be able to snag a roundtrip flight to Morocco for less than $80!
Enter XL Airways aka the airline that flies from NYC to Paris for the super low. I snatched up that flight. Copped that EasyJet jawn and it was truly lit for not only me, but my bank account. All four flights came to $700! Saved $500 so I could have spending money to buy things like Moroccan wedding blankets and this coffee table book.
Everyone remembers the Christmas Day sale to Dubai that the #EducatedBlacks went nuts for, right? Just a month or so before, there was a similar glitch sale to Nairobi and South Africa for $200. After much stress and anxiety, I got those tickets. I was turning 29 and wanted to do it on somebody’s beach and preferably on the African continent. Zanzibar was on my dream travel list, so I used Ms Nairobi to get there. A flight from NYC to Zanzi will easily run you $1300 on your best day.
Howevs, with sales running like clockwork to Nairobi, it would be lightwork to nab a ticket for about $650. From there, you can branch off to Tanzania or Ethiopia/Eritrea for $2-300.
American travel to Southeast Asia is booming, so it blows my mind when people are outchea spending racks to get there. Flights to Bangkok from NYC on a chill day aren’t topping $800. When there’s a sale (which seems almost constant at this point) you can get a flight for $600. From there, the Asiatic world is your oyster. We skipped around Thailand and Singapore Christmas week 2014 for pennies. Nok Air and AirAsia are crazy crazy cheap airlines and they ain’t no Southwest. Southeast Asia is also gateway to Australia. Save yourself the 24 hour flight and $2000. Trust me!
CANCUN – MEXICO CITY – PUERTA VALLARTA
I’m currently planning a trip to Mexico for a new multi-part city guide for the site. The plan is to skip around our cousin to the south and lucky for me, there are tons of low-cost airlines to help me do that. The issue is getting there. For us East Coasters, getting to the west of Mexico can get a little pricey. Instead, we can fly into Mexico City for about $150 and catch a $40 flight to Puerta Vallarta. West Coasters, PVR sis your gateway to the country.
NYC may not be the center of the universe, but it is the easiest and cheapest way to get abroad from the US. JFK is my patron saint for international flights. If you live anywhere on the upper East Coast or Chicago (it’s always $100 RT fares to NYC), I suggest leaving from here. JFK is clean and modern, security gets you in and out. In-terminal food options are good. If you Chinatown bus or Bolt up here, you’d save at minimum $150 instead of leaving from your home city.
Newark is an option for the suuuuuper low, but it’s also a hassle to get to. Love yourself more.
I hope that this was helpful! If you honestly can’t be bothered with combing through the internet for flight deals and gateway flights, you can book me to handle all of those little details! Read more about my itinerary services here.