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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
We’ve been seeing great deals for some sunny destinations just in time for a final summer hoorah. Right now, cheap flights into San Juan, Puerto Rico are popping up all over. You can now fly to the beautiful island for $155 and up and contribute to its economy following the destructive hurricanes of 2017.
Departures are available from Albany (ALB), Atlanta (ATL), Austin (AUS), Baltimore (BWI), Boston (BOS), Cincinnati (CVG), Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), Memphis (MEM), Nashville (BNA), New Orleans (MSY), New York (JFK), Orlando (MCO), Pittsburgh (PIT), Richmond (RIC) and Washington DC (DCA and IAD) to San Juan (SJU). Flights are typically bookable from September of this year through March 2019.
While low-cost carriers like Spirit and Frontier have cheaper prices, they have a whole lot of added fees on top of the ticket price so it’s probably better to book with a full service carrier like JetBlue or Southwest (which includes two free checked bags).
To book, simply enter your designated origin city and San Juan (SJU) as your destination on Google Flights. Find the date that works best for you, and you’re set to book through the airline’s website. If you want to fly Southwest, you’ll have to head over to its website to search and book tickets with the carrier.
Airlines: Southwest, JetBlue, United, Delta
Routes: ALB/ATL/AUS/BWI/CVG/FLL/MEM/JFK/BNA/MSY/MCO/PIT/RIC/DCA/IAD to SJU
Cost: $155+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September 2018 – March 2019
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) in October for $155 round-trip on JetBlue:
New York (JFK) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) in September for $235 round-trip on JetBlue:
Baltimore (BWI) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) in October for $236 round-trip on Delta:
Newark (EWR) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) in September for $244 round-trip on Southwest:
Austin (AUS) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) in January for $254 round-trip on Delta basic economy:
Boston (BOS) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) in October for $255 round-trip on JetBlue:
Memphis (MEM) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) in October for $257 round-trip on Delta basic economy:
Pittsburgh (PIT) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) in October for $268 round-trip on Southwest:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
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