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Fly to Aruba for as low as $314 from 5 US cities

Aug. 25, 2022
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Boats docked in Aruba
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Spend your next big trip sailing on sunset cruises, riding all-terrain vehicles on white sand and marveling at colorful Dutch colonial architecture: Round-trip fares to Aruba start at only $314.

Through this deal, you can fly to Aruba from New York City and Austin as well as from smaller cities such as Hartford, Connecticut. The deal applies to five U.S. cities and all round-trip fares are below $380.

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Better yet, this deal runs in the winter — one of the most ideal times to visit Aruba. Since Aruba is always such a popular island destination, we recommend booking your trip as soon as possible.

Aruba, December 2017. CLINT HENDERSON/THE POINTS GUY

Deal basics

Airlines: Delta Airlines, American Airlines and JetBlue.
Routes: New York, Newark, Baltimore, Austin and Hartford to Oranjestad, Aruba.
How to book: Find your best dates through Google Flights, then book directly through the airline.
Travel dates: Varies by city, but generally from November 2022 to July 2023, excluding holidays.
Book by: ASAP.

Thanks to Scott’s Cheap Flights for finding these deals. Scott’s Cheap Flights has discounts up to 90% with its Premium membership, which includes a 14-day trial and costs $49 each year. Upgrade to the site’s Elite Tier membership for $199 a year to receive Premium deals and premium economy, business-class and first-class deals.

Sample flights

The only nonstop flights to Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) depart from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Every other flight in this deal includes layovers in cities such as Charlotte, Miami and New York City. Here are a few flights that stood out:

  • American: From Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ATX), starting at $314.
  • Delta: From JFK, starting at $330.
  • American: From Hartford Bradley International Airport (BDL), starting at $338.
  • American: From LaGuardia International Airport (LGA), starting at $341.
  • American: From Newark International Airport (EWR), starting at $341.
  • JetBlue: From JFK, starting at $370.

Note that these deals only apply to basic economy fares. We suggest using Google Flights to first determine your availability and then book directly through the airline. Booking directly through the airline provides a better cushion in the event your flight is suddenly canceled or delayed, or if the booking details change.

Prices on Google Flights may also differ slightly from those displayed on airlines’ websites since Google Flights sometimes provides third-party booking options. When booking a weeklong trip from Austin on March 21 to March 28, 2023, the fares on Google Flights are around the same as those on American Airlines; both platforms say the flight costs about $314.

GOOGLE FLIGHTS
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American Airlines' basic economy fare does not let you select a seat without paying an additional fee and leaves you to board in the last group. However, the fare allows you to bring one free carry-on for the flight.

GOOGLE FLIGHTS

Even if American Airlines’ basic economy does not have many perks, Google Flights shows that the $314 fare from Austin is $312 cheaper than normal.

GOOGLE FLIGHTS

For an extra $80, you can upgrade to American Airlines’ Main Cabin, which lets you choose a seat and assigns you to general boarding. Both economy options charge $60 for the first checked bag.

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En route to Aruba, you can pay anywhere between $12 and $41 to select a seat. The more expensive seats tend to have more legroom and complimentary beer, wine and spirits. Seat selection prices for flights back to Austin range from $9 to $45. Note that both flights include a layover in Miami.

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Maximize your purchase

Make sure to use a card that earns you bonus points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel), on up to $500,000 on such purchases per calendar year, Citi Prestige® Card (5 points per dollar on airfare), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3 points per dollar on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2 points per dollar on travel). See this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

With this deal, you can enjoy an island getaway without shelling out tons of money on airfare. Since this deal runs through Aruba’s peak tourism season, we recommend booking your trip as soon as possible — seats are sure to fill up.

One of Aruba's beautiful beaches. CLINT HENDERSON/THE POINTS GUY

Fares to Aruba typically run between $550 and $650, so with discounts of at least 50%, this deal is definitely worth it.

Featured image by (Photo by Jo Ann Snover/Shutterstock)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

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  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
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  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases