Deal Alert: Northeast to US Virgin Islands From $248 Round-Trip
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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend 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 Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the 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.
American Airlines and JetBlue are currently offering discounted flights to the US Virgin Islands with fares from Boston (BOS), New York (JFK/LGA) and Washington DC (BWI/DCA) to St. Thomas (STT) and St. Croix (STX) starting as low as $248 round-trip. Just like Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands were slammed by hurricanes last fall, but they’ve mostly recovered and are more than open for tourism. Plus, US citizens don’t need a passport to visit!
You can find these fares by heading to Google Flights and plugging in your desired departure and destination cities. After finding the dates that work best for you, book directly with the airline or with an OTA such as Expedia or Priceline. Just beware of hurricane season when considering flights through November.
Airlines: American, JetBlue
Routes: BOS/BWI/DCA/JFK/LGA to STT/STX
Cost: $248+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September – December 2018
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 plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Baltimore (BWI) to St. Thomas (STT) in September for $248 round-trip on American:
Boston (BOS) to St. Thomas (STT) in November for $251 round-trip on American:
New York (LGA) to St. Croix (STX) in October for $253 round-trip on American:
New York (JFK) to St. Thomas (STT) in November for $268 round-trip on JetBlue:
Washington DC (DCA) to St. Croix (STX) in October for $301 round-trip on JetBlue:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (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.
H/T: The Flight Deal
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