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You can fly to New York City for under $200 right now

April 07, 2022
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As the weather warms up in New York City, there's no better time to save money and book flights to the Big Apple for less than $200, a price tag nearly 70% less than normal for certain routes.

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Deal basics

Airlines: Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United.
Routes: Los Angeles; Fort Lauderdale; Atlanta; Charleston, South Carolina; Chicago; Dallas; Kansas City, Missouri; Minneapolis; Nashville; Tampa; Raleigh, North Carolina; Milwaukee and others to New York City.
How to book: Browse Google Flights and book directly through the airline.
Travel dates: April through May and August through February. Exact availability varies by route and some include limited peak summer and/or winter holiday availability.
Book by: One to two days.

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Sample flights

Visitors at Times Square on March 31, 2022. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/VIEWpress)

This deal features wide availability to all three New York-area airports — Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) — departing from cities across the U.S., though some of the best-priced round-trip flights include those from:

  • Boston, starting at $78.
  • Miami, starting at $98.
  • Atlanta and Tampa, starting at $118.
  • Nashville; West Palm Beach, Florida; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, starting at $128.
  • Orlando, starting at $138.
  • Minneapolis, starting at $148.
  • Kansas City, starting at $168.
  • Milwaukee, starting at $178.
  • Indianapolis, starting at $188.
  • Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, starting at $198.

Because this deal features flights on a variety of carriers, start your search on Google Flights by entering your origin city and New York City as your destination.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

This particular flight is for Alaska Airlines' Saver fare, which is their most basic economy fare type. In addition to allowing passengers to carry one carry-on item, Saver fares can be modified within 24 hours of purchase.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

If you were to book a flight on one of the other carriers mentioned, note that the cheapest fares may or may not include a full-size carry-on. You will want to factor in an additional $50-$80 to upgrade for checked luggage on all airlines excluding Southwest Airlines.

For example, take a look at this round-trip flight departing from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) on JetBlue for just $108.

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(Screenshot from Google Flights)

Although the price is right, this is a Blue Basic fare, which only includes one personal item that can fit under the seat in front of you.

Any full-size carry-on bag brought to the gate will incur a fee and need to be checked. The fee is $65 (if it would be your first or second checked bag) or $180 (if it’s your third).

Neither Blue Basic nor the regular economy class (Blue) includes checked baggage, so factor in an additional $35 for your first bag and $45 for your second should you choose to check bags. Change and cancel fees also apply to both.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

As always, some of the mentioned routes might be available flying Southwest for a similarly priced ticket.

Because Google Flights omits Southwest search results, you may want to consider checking the carrier's Low Fare Calendar to see if your route is available. This is especially true for travelers who intend to check bags as all Southwest fare types include one full-size carry-on, a personal item and two checked bags.

(Screenshot from Southwest Airlines)

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases, such as 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.

The information for 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.

Bottom line

People walk through downtown Manhattan on March 31, 2022. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Most of the flights in this deal are nonstop and priced at up to 70% below their normal price. As New York City continues to get back to normal, we can expect flights to get more expensive, which makes this deal one to consider.

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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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    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.

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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.

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  • 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
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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