If you have any money at all, America is your oyster.
I'm making my annual CNBC pilgrimage to the Big Apple, and the savings this year make me want to come back on my own dime.
I flew Virgin America for the first time. LAX to JFK is $245.20. ROUND TRIP! I got that price booking only six days in advance. The plane was mostly full, but I don't know how you turn a profit with fares like that. I did pay $14 for a meal and drink on board, which I ordered from my personal TV screen at my seat. While the Airbus had no leg room, the interiors were very sleek, with neon lighting. The crowd was much hipper than normal, with what I call a "high smug factor" (the guy sitting in the front row was speaking French). I laughed, then I proceeded to fall in love with the whole thing. It's amazing how black leather seats and fresh hummus make you feel like you're no longer sitting in coach.