Travelers looking for a cheap winter getaway are likely to find there's plenty that works in their favor this year—provided they're willing to be flexible.
"There are some great deals out there, just staggering deals," said George Hobica, founder of deal sites AirfareWatchdog.com and Tingo.com. Some stem from the strengthening dollar, which is up almost 22 percent against the euro over the past year, and up 15 percent against the yen. Others reflect cheaper oil prices, with airlines slashing fuel surcharges.
Bottom line: You might find that a wider array of destinations is now in budget. (See the chart below for some of the cities with the biggest price drops.) To scout the deals, try a flexible travel engine like Hopper, Adioso or Hipmunk. They'll tell you the best-priced destinations based on your home airport and when you're hoping to depart. Flexible timing can help, too, to avoid price spikes when everyone in the area is on spring break.