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Fly to New York City for as low as $118 round-trip

Dec. 02, 2022
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Broadway shows, restaurants, bars, clubs, parks, shops, cafes, museums — New York City is one of those rare places where you’ll never feel bored. Even if you have visited New York City before, it’s nearly impossible to cover the city in just one trip. If you’re thinking about planning a small trip sometime soon, then book these fares to the Big Apple that start at $118.

Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue and United Airlines are all offering flights to New York City from multiple U.S. cities.

With these bargain fares, you can fly to one of three airports in the New York City area: LaGuardia Airport (LGA), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) or Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).

Grand Central Station in New York City. MATTEO COLOMBO/GETTY IMAGES

Deal basics

Airlines: Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue and United.
Routes: Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, Washington and other cities to New York City.
How to book: Search through Google Flights for your best dates and then book directly with the airline of your choice.
Travel dates: Generally from December to March.
Book by: The next two to three days.

Thanks to Scott’s Cheap Flights for finding this deal. For $49 a year, the site’s Premium membership has discounts of up to 90% and comes with a 14-day trial. The Elite membership also spots premium, business-class and first-class deals.

Sample flights

Currently, cities in the South, Midwest and West Coast have many discounted flights to the Big Apple. Additionally, a couple of cities in Maine — such as Bangor and Presque Isle — also have cheap routes to New York City. Florida cities like Miami and Tampa — along with Raleigh, North Carolina, and Charleston, South Carolina — offer some of the cheapest flights in this bundle, priced at $118.

Here are a few flights we’ve flagged:

  • United: Miami International Airport (MIA) to EWR, starting at $118.
  • JetBlue and United: Orlando International Airport (MCO) to EWR, starting at $138.
  • JetBlue and Delta: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) to LGA, starting at $148.
  • United and American: O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to EWR, starting at $172.
  • JetBlue and American: Denver International Airport (DEN) to JFK, starting at $178.
  • Alaska and JetBlue: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to EWR, starting at $180.
  • Alaska: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to JFK, starting at $198.

We recommend using Google Flights to find your ideal dates and then booking your flights directly on the airline’s website. If there’s a delay, cancellation or booking change, direct airline bookings are more dependable.

For a trip to New York on Feb. 2, Alaska has two flights from Seattle priced at $198 — one leaves at 2:15 p.m. and the other at 9:50 p.m.

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GOOGLE FLIGHTS

When returning to Seattle on Feb. 9, Alaska offers one flight that departs JFK at 7:15 a.m. and another at 4:40 p.m. These flights to and from New York City are nonstop.

GOOGLE FLIGHTS

All the fares featured in these deals to New York City are only for basic economy. Alaska’s Saver fare — its basic economy equivalent — does not allow for seat selection or ticket changes.

GOOGLE FLIGHTS

While other airlines tend to offer seat selection for an additional fee with basic economy, Alaska’s Saver option does not; if you want to select a seat, you’d have to upgrade to the airline’s Main fare for an extra $100.

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Maximize your purchase

Be sure to use a card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases like 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 these 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). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

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Bottom line

Even though basic economy has its restrictions, airlines have been discounting fares significantly since Thanksgiving. So, now couldn’t be a better time to book your flights, especially to a place like New York City.

New York City is one of those few places you can visit any time of the year — there is always something to do.

Featured image by GARY HERSHON/GETTY IMAGES
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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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
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Best for the well-traveled foodie
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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Rewards Rate

4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S.
4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
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    Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.

    60,000 bonus points
  • Annual Fee

    $250
  • 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.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

Pros

  • 4x on dining at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets (on the first $25,000 in purchases per calendar year; then 1x)
  • 3x on flights booked directly with the airline or with Amex Travel
  • Welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first six months

Cons

  • Weak on travel outside of flights and everyday spending bonus categories
  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees