Hello everyone, and happy Friday! So many of you, like me, have probably seen the not-so-good airline/airfare news that came out this week. I awoke yesterday to not one, but two, text messages about American Airlines and its decision to cease morning flights out of St. Thomas this winter season. (Morning flights were originally scheduled to resume November 4th. That is no longer happening.) Afternoon flights out of STT will continue as normal on American, thankfully. Then there was the good ‘ole inflation news. Apparently airline prices are at near record highs currently. Well guess what? If you really look ahead at the calendars, there are still many deals to be had. And that’s exactly what we’re going to chat about today. 🙂
When flying back and further between the States and STT (which is the airport you need to fly into when visiting St. John), my best piece of advice is to buy one-way tickets. This allows you to jump airlines, if necessary, and that really helps to save some cash.
Tri-State Area – New York, Connecticut & Northern New Jersey
Now let’s start with our friends in the Tri-State area. You all are super lucky, because I routinely see some of the best prices out of JFK. And this winter is no exception. Here’s what I found:
One way out of JFK on Delta is only $220 (main cabin seat) on November 26th, December 31st, January 1st and December 4th. Prices drop dramatically in January. You can fly for only $155 one way on Delta on most Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays from January through March. Using miles, it gets even better! There are numerous dates through the end of March where it will only cost you 10,500 miles for a main cabin ticket. Again, these are one-way fares, but they’re pretty darn good! Don’t care about picking your seat? A Basic ticket costs just $110 one way or 6,500 miles for these same dates in January, February and March. Amazing!
I know we have a ton of visitors from Minnesota, and I have great news for all of you! Sun Country will resume its direct flights on Saturdays beginning December 17th. These direct, one-way fares are only $220 every Saturday from December 17th through April 1st. Sunday flights will be offered in March 2023, as well, for the low cost of only $220 one way.
If you live in or around the Orlando area, you are super lucky! JetBlue is offering daily flights from MCO to STT (with a layover in San Juan) for only $101 from November 25th through March 25th – every single day! Want to skip the layover? No problem! Spirit is offering flights starting at $138 one-way in November and December. That price increases to $188 one-way in January 2023.
We all know that New England loves St. John… and thank you for that! As you all probably know, JetBlue offers direct flights from Boston to STT on Saturdays only. Prices drop to $174 one way October 29th. That price increases to $189 one way on December 17th. Daily flights will be offered December 23rd through January 2nd, and again, for just $189 one way. That $189 is available for these Saturday, direct flights for the foreseeable future.
We’ve been getting a lot of visitors from the West Coast post-Covid, especially from the northwest corner. So thank you to all of you who don’t mind traveling super far to visit us! Now these prices are pretty unbelievable… Beginning on January 9th, you can travel from SEA to STT on Delta for just $179! Prefer to use miles? Well it will only cost you 11,500. That’s crazy! In a good way! These flights include a quick layover at JFK airport in New York.
Now I can’t forget our friends over in Texas. I don’t have amazing news for you, but it’s also not terrible! I found a few dates in January, February and March for just $298 out of Houston. These prices are on Delta with a layover in Atlanta. Live on the Dallas area? I have bad news for you. American Airlines has clearly lost its mind. They want over $3,000 for a direct flight on December 17th. What??!! The price dips down to $1,774 for its direct Saturday flights after that. Ridiculous. Dear American Airlines, I hope you enjoy flying those empty planes. Love, America. Spirit, on the other hand, has some decent prices, but most have pretty long layovers in Ft. Lauderdale.
So as you can see, there are a good amount of deals to be had, folks. If you are looking for anything specific, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also post the question on our Facebook page here or on Instagram here. I feel like I missed my calling as a travel agent. 🙂
And when you are planning your St. John vacation, please consider taking an island tour with me. Explore STJ has an “Excellent” rating on TripAdvisor. I offer both full and half day island tours. Please email me at email@example.com with any questions.
Thank you so much for reading Island Tidbits! Have a great weekend!