Deal alert: Nonstop flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico, for $117

Aug 13, 2021

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It’s Friday, which means it’s a good day to take advantage of low fares to San Juan, Puerto Rico, through this fall and into next year, courtesy of our friends at Thrifty Traveler.

Flights are available from September 2021-March 2022 from several U.S. cities, including Chicago, New York City and Atlanta, to San Juan from as low as $117 round-trip.

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The Condado Ocean Club in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in May 2021. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Airline: Multiple airlines including American, United, Delta, Spirit and JetBlue.
Routes: ATL/ORD/CVG/DTW/MSP/JFK/EWR to SJU.
Cost: From $117 depending on the departure city.
Dates: Book for travel between September 2021 and March 2022.
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Round-trip flights from the below U.S. cities to SJU are available:

  • Atlanta (ATL), starting at $165.
  • Chicago (ORD), starting at $146.
  • Cincinnati (CVG), starting at $167.
  • Detroit (DTW), starting at $167.
  • Minneapolis (MSP), starting at $167.
  • New York (JFK), starting at $117, nonstop.
  • Newark (EWR), starting at $146, nonstop.

Here is one of the Delta nonstop flights from JFK to SJU for $117 in early September.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Note that this is an economy fare, which includes one free carry-on bag. Delta basic economy fares booked for travel through Dec. 31 are eligible for free changes and cancelation for a voucher, while the other basic economy fares offered do not offer these benefits. You could of course upgrade to the main cabin for $30 to get free changes and cancelation for a voucher.

Related: I visited Puerto Rico – here’s what you need to know right now

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Looking ahead to October, you could get an equally cheap deal via United departing from EWR to SJU also for $117. The same rules apply as Delta’s basic economy though, regarding the $30 charge for seat selection and a carry-on bag.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)
(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Main cabin fares on American and United include a carry-on and seat assignment.

Today’s deal is particularly good news for vaccinated travelers, as fully vaccinated persons arriving in Puerto Rico are welcome without COVID-19 testing requirements. However, as of Aug. 5, Gov. Pedro Pierluisi has instituted testing and vaccination requirements for all visitor lodging, including hotels, resorts and Airbnbs. This means that you will be required to show a negative PCR test or proof of vaccination.

Unvaccinated travelers must provide results of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival in San Juan. Because Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, no testing is required on your return flight home to the U.S.

Puerto Rico currently requires masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Read more: Puerto Rico to require testing and/or vaccination for lodging

Featured photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy.

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