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Saturday Deal Alert: Peak season fares to Puerto Rico

Oct. 23, 2021
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Saturday Deal Alert: Peak season fares to Puerto Rico
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If you are looking for a last-minute getaway for the holidays this year, how do the beaches of Puerto Rico sound?

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Thanks to our friends at Thrifty Traveler Premium, you can find roundtrip flights to San Juan (SJU) starting at just $134 from Miami (MIA), $142 from Philadelphia (PHL), $194 from Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) and $232 from Atlanta (ATL) to name a few. Did I mention they were all nonstop?

Airline: American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue and United
Routes: ATL/BOS/ORD/FLL/MIA/MSP/JFK/TPA/IAD and others to SJU.
Cost: Starting at $134 round-trip for select routes.
Dates: November 2021-August 2022. Most of the deals I found were for November, January and February, but some do include routes over the holidays.
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 or Chase Sapphire Reserve for 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.

Related: Vaccinated travelers no longer need to have a COVID-19 test for entry into Puerto Rico

Round-trip nonstop flights in this deal are departing from nearly 20 cities to SJU, including:

  • Miami (MIA) starting at $134
  • Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) starting at $135
  • Philadelphia (PHL) starting at $142
  • Newark (EWR) starting at $214
  • New York (JFK) starting at $218
  • Chicago (ORD) starting at $228
  • Atlanta (ATL) starting at $232
  • Washington, D.C. (IAD) starting at $255
  • Minneapolis (MSP) starting at $268
  • Charlotte (CLT) starting at $272
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Search for these flights by heading to Google Flights and start by entering your departure city of choice and San Juan as your destination, along with your preferred dates.

A flight you might come across is the below nonstop American flight from MIA to SJU in mid-January for less than $150 round-trip. The fare is for American Airlines' Basic Economy, which includes one free carry-on. If you wanted to choose your seat, you'd have to upgrade to their Main Cabin for $80 more.

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(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Upgrading to the next highest class would also allow you to change your flight for free or receive a voucher for future travel in the case of a cancellation.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

A flight over MLK Weekend for United Basic Economy would cost you $135 on United if you flew from EWR on Jan. 21. Just know that unlike the above flight in the same class on American, United does not allow travelers in this class to carry on a full-sized bag but limits you to one smaller personal item.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

You could also consider paying $80 to get that free carry-on and a seat in Economy for $215 total.

Read more: I visited Puerto Rico – Here’s what you need to know right now

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Since we know all of our Chicago friends will be dying to escape the cold come February (#relatable), here's a $229 round-trip flight on United to do just that. This is a great deal since it's for Economy, which includes carry-on luggage and the flexibility to change your flight for free should your schedule change.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)
(Photo by guvendemir via Getty Images)

Puerto Rico is allowing fully vaccinated travelers to enter the country without having to do any pre-arrival testing, which makes it a relatively easy destination outside of the continental U.S. to get to these days. You can still visit the country if you are not vaccinated, but you must show results of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel to do so. Because PR is a U.S. territory, no testing is required on your return flight home. Face masks remain mandatory indoors in addition to outdoor spaces with 50 or more people. Additional COVID-19 guidance can be found via Discover Puerto Rico.

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

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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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TPG Editor‘s Rating
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Rewards

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2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day

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
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

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