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Deal alert: Flights to the Dominican Republic from under $250 round-trip

Jan. 09, 2022
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Need a break from shoveling snow? How do the palm trees and white sandy beaches of the Caribbean sound? We've found some great deals to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic from major cities for less than $250 round-trip on American, Delta, JetBlue, United and WestJet. Travel from February to November, with the best deals in the dead of winter, which is when you want to go, right?

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Thrifty Traveler initially sent out this deal to its Premium members, who are notified about cheap flights, award flight sales and business-class deals by email for $7.99 monthly or $49.99 annually.

Deal basics

Airlines: American, Delta, JetBlue, United and WestJet
Routes: BOS/EWR/JFK/FLL/PHL/MIA/SJU to PUJ.
How to book: Directly through airline sites or Google Flights.
Travel dates: February-November.

Related: Bring Your Bathing Suit to This Amazing Priority Pass Lounge in Punta Cana

Sample flights

The deal includes Basic Economy round-trip flights from various cities in North America including:

  • Austin (AUS) - $335
  • Boston (BOS) - $369
  • Chicago (ORD) - $234
  • Cleveland (CLE) - $389
  • Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) - $294
  • Miami (MIA) - $210
  • Montreal (YUL) - $366
  • New York (JFK) - $238
  • Newark (EWR) - $238
  • Philadelphia (PHL) - $238
  • Raleigh (RDU) - $383
  • San Juan (SJU) - $208
  • Savannah (SAV) - $389
  • Toronto (YYZ) - $361

Some of the cheapest flight options to the Dominican Republic that we found were from Florida. Fly from Miami (MIA) to Punta Cana (PUJ) starting at $210 round-trip on American Airlines. This ticket includes a standard seat and carry-on, but expect to pay extra fees for a checked item and seat selection.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Fly from San Juan (SJU) to the Dominican Republic (PUJ) for $208 round-trip. We found the fastest and cheapest flight in February on JetBlue. The ticket is for a Blue Basic seat, which means you will pay an additional fee for a carry-on, checked item and seat selection.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Travelers from the Big Apple can fly round-trip on JetBlue for $238 round-to Punta Cana (PUJ). The Blue Basic seat is available from New York (JFK) throughout February and March at this price.

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(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Flights are also available from Newark (EWR) to Punta Cana (PUJ) at the same price of $238 round-trip for United Basic Economy. The fare does not include a carry-on, checked bag or seat selection.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Leave the wintry weather of Chicago (ORD) for sunshine in Punta Cana (PUJ) on a United flight for $234 round-trip. The Basic Economy fare is available from the end of February to the beginning of March, with a stop in Washington D.C. (IAD).

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Maximize your purchase

Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), the Citi Prestige® Card for 5 points per dollar on airfare, the Citi Premier® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve for 3 points per dollar on air travel, the American Express® Gold Card for 3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2 points per dollar on travel — which you could redeem for as little as 13,000 points. Frequent JetBlue fliers can use the JetBlue Plus Card for 6 points per dollar on eligible JetBlue purchases, the JetBlue Card for 3 points per dollar on eligible JetBlue purchases or the JetBlue Business Card for 6 points per dollar on eligible JetBlue purchases.

The information for the JetBlue Card, the JetBlue Plus Card, the JetBlue Business Card and 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.

Related: The best ways to get to the Caribbean using points and miles

Bottom line

Whether you want to pamper yourself with a stay at a luxury beach resort, bring out your adventurous side with a ziplining excursion or simply enjoy the beauty of Punta Cana, this deal may be just what you need to beat the winter doldrums.

Featured image by Hyatt Cap Cana in Punta Cana (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)
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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Rewards

2 - 10X points
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Intro offer

75,000 bonus miles
Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

Annual Fee

$395

Recommended Credit

740-850
Excellent
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023
Best card for premium perks while traveling
TPG Editor‘s Rating
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4 / 5
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Rewards Rate

10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

    75,000 bonus miles
  • Annual Fee

    $395
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023