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Puerto Rico deal alert: Nonstop fares from NYC, LA, Chicago & more from $233

Dec. 01, 2021
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Puerto Rico deal alert: Nonstop fares from NYC, LA, Chicago & more from $233
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Puerto Rico is known for its rich culture, savory food and irresistible beaches. So when you get a chance to book a ticket at a great price, you don't think about it; you just do it and pack your bags!

You can find drastically reduced fares to the popular Caribbean destination from several U.S. cities, including Charlotte, Chicago, Los Angeles and Portland. A good number of routes are nonstop. Most fares are economy class, but the cheapest tickets we found on JetBlue and United did not come with a free carry-on. So keep that mind as you shop around.

These discounted fares are for travel to San Juan and Aguadilla. Availability is fairly widespread, available for travel between December and May 2022, and even next fall, during September and October 2022. This offer does not include travel across Christmas and New Year's Eve.

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Our friends at Scott's Cheap Flights sent this fare deal out to their Elite Membership subscribers.

However, you can still score a discounted ticket if you're not a subscriber. Simply use Google Flights and search for your desired routes and dates. As always, flexibility in your travel plans will help you nab the best prices.

Deal basics

Airlines: American, Delta, JetBlue, United
Routes: ABE/CLT/EWR/JFK/LAX/MCO/ORD/PDX/RDU to San Juan, PR (SJU) and Aguadilla, PR (BQN).
Cost: From $233 round-trip
Dates: December -- May 2022 and September -- October 2022; availability varies

Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5x 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 5x on airfare, the Citi Premier® Card (3x on air travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on air travel), the American Express® Gold Card for 3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2x on travel — which you could redeem for as little as 13,000 points.

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.

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We found JetBlue fares in February from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Juan (SJU) for just $234. That's for a Blue Basic ticket, JetBlue's most restrictive fare, which does not come with a free carry-on. But it's still more than 50% cheaper than typical prices.

Your first checked bag will cost you $60. Flights include a layover in Newark before heading on to Puerto Rico's capital city.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

There are great deals to be had out of Chicago, including this fare to Aguadilla Pueblo. United has a Basic Economy ticket for just $258.

If you're not familiar with Aguadilla, it's a picturesque town on the island's northwest coast which has the most beaches in Puerto Rico. It's also known as El Pueblo de los Tiburones, which means "the town of the sharks."

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Some of the best availability we found were from New York City (JFK) and Newark (EWR). That's not that surprising considering the prominent Puerto Rican community in the Tri-State area and the island's ties to New York. Delta has $233 nonstop fares available in January and February.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

You'll note that it's a Basic Economy ticket, which comes with a free carry-on. An upgrade to Main Cabin, which comes with a seat assignment, the free carry-on and no-fee changes, only costs an additional $30.

Related: I visited Puerto Rico - here's what you need to know

One of the best deals we found was from Nashville (BNA) to San Juan in April on JetBlue for only $255. That's nearly half off the normal prices we see for that route.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Bottom Line

Whether it's to enjoy the beaches, the nightlife or the Latin food and flavor that the island is known for, Puerto Rico is a destination that's an easy sell. We already saw a lot of the December and January availability dry up as we searched around, so don't sleep on these fares.

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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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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 1,300+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and the 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