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If you’re already sick of the cold this winter, here’s another chance to escape to the Caribbean. This week, JetBlue and United have cheap flights to Antigua and Barbuda (ANU) from New York (JFK) and Newark (EWR). Flights are available from this month through March 2016, so there are plenty of possible travel dates over the next few months.
The cheapest flights we found are $280 round-trip on both airlines. However, if you’re looking to book some last-minute travel this December, you’ll have to shell out a bit more for your flights, which start at $292. Note that these dates seem to exclude holiday travel, so you can expect higher fares if you’re traveling to Antigua during peak periods.
Airlines: JetBlue and United
Routes: New York to Antigua and Barbuda (ANU)
Cost: $280-$292+ round-trip in economy
Dates: December 2015 through March 2016
Elite Mileage Earning: At least 3,572 premier-qualifying miles
Fare Class: N
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York (JFK) to Antigua and Barbuda (ANU) for $280 on JetBlue in January:
Newark (EWR) to Antigua and Barbuda (ANU) for $280 on United in February (earns 3,572 PQMs):
Newark (EWR) to Antigua and Barbuda (ANU) for $292 on United in December (earns 3,572 PQMs):
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
H/T: The Flight Deal
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below! Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.