Deal Alert: Flights to Several Caribbean Destinations From $201 Round-Trip
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Calling all people who could use a white sand and turquoise water beach getaway — so, everyone. Several airlines are currently offering flights from both coasts to various destinations in the Caribbean including Martinique, St. Thomas and Guadeloupe from $201 round-trip. The low fares are available for departures as early as August 2018 through March 2019, depending on the route. Do note that while the discounted fares offered by American and Delta were for regular economy (opposed to basic economy) in the examples we found, that is not always the case. TPG Associate Editor Brendan Dorsey flew to Martinique on Norwegian's 737 last year and enjoyed the experience, but he did have to pay for things that are sometimes complimentary, such as seat selection, meals and checked bags.
To book, head to Google Flights and plug in your desired departure city. After finding dates that work best for you, book with the airline directly or with an OTA such as Expedia or Priceline. If you want to make sure that your ticket includes a carry-on bag, you can use Google Flights’ newest feature, which allows you to filter out no-carry-on fares. Just beware of hurricane season when considering flights through November.
Airline: American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Norwegian Airlines
Route: BOS/BWI/EWR/JFK/LAX/MIA to FDF/PTP/STT
Cost: $201+ round-trip in economy
Dates: August 2018 – March 2019
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Miami (MIA) to St. Thomas (STT) for $201 round-trip in September on American:
New York (JFK) to Fort-de-France (FDF) for $209 round-trip in January 2019 on Norwegian:
New York (JFK) to Guadeloupe (PTP) for $209 round-trip in November on Norwegian:
Baltimore (BWI) to St. Thomas (STT) for $248 round-trip in September on Delta:
Los Angeles (LAX) to St. Thomas (STT) for $260 round-trip in September on American:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, 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.