Airfare expected to drop by 8.2 percent this fall

Airfare is expected to drop by 8.2 percent this fall, hitting a low of $213 in October, according to the travel research firm Hopper.

A plane comes in for a landing at Miami International Airport. (Getty Images)
A plane comes in for a landing at Miami International Airport. (Getty Images)

Domestic round-trip airfare is expected to average about $216 this fall, up less than 1 percent from the same time frame last year and 16 percent below the fall of 2014, the research firm said.

Palm Beach International Airport may see some of the best deals in the country.

West Palm Beach ranks 8th on Hopper’s list of “Destinations to Watch” in August. Fares to the PBIA could fall by as much as 19 percent from their current level of $255, according to Hopper, which has an app alerting travelers of price drops for particular destinations.

Other domestic cities on Hopper’s list: Dallas, Austin, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Miami and Orlando.

Airports in Grenada, Grenada, Liberia, Coasta Rica and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic are among the top international destinations for savings, Hopper said.

According to DealNews, a discount and shopping website, the best airfare deals right now include:

Frontier Airlines via DealBase discounts is offering one-way fares nationwide with prices starting at $28.10, DealNews said.

American Airlines is offering one-way fares for as low as  $38.10 via vendor ShermansTravel. Major hubs include Dallas, Chicago, Charleston, and Los Angeles for travel through Nov. 30, according to DealNews.

JetBlue is offering roundtrip fares to Florida through vendor ShermansTravel, according to DealNews. Prices start at $126.20, the website said.






Waterpark lifts fees on Aug. 11 for Martin residents

For the second time in less than a month, Martin County residents will get free admission into the Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart.

STUART - Images from the Sailfish Splash Waterpark on a recent Wednesday.
STUART – Images from the Sailfish Splash Waterpark on a recent Wednesday.

Martin officials said they are lifting fees for county residents and their minor children on Thursday, August 11.

Martin County offered a similar promotion on July 20, citing the “algae crisis” that has impacted some Treasure Coast waterways.  The event drew 1,200 residents within the first hour. By the end of the day, more than 1,600 residents had entered the waterpark, the county said.

“Due to the huge success and popularity of Sailfish Splash Waterpark’s free admission day for Martin County residents held earlier this month, the Waterpark will host an additional FREE admission day to Martin County residents,” the county said in a news release announcing the Aug. 11 event.

According to the release, park staff will admit Martin County residents (and their minor children) who present a valid photo identification card showing a Martin County address.

“At any point in time, should the Waterpark fill to capacity, staff will defer additional admissions until patrons enjoying the Waterpark depart,” the county said.

Sailfish Splash Waterpark operates from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.