Cheap Flights to New York: Cheat Sheet

Find Cheap Deals to New York

“Cool town, evening in the city, dressing so fine and looking so pretty” — from “Summer in the City” by The Lovin’ Spoonful

New York is truly one of the great cities of the world so no need to enumerate its charms here; they didn’t sell a gazillion “I (Heart) NY” t-shirts for nothing. Enjoy the art, the food, the grand hotels, the sports teams, the street festivals, the shopping… but hear what an expert has to say.

New York Expert on Best Things to See and Do in NYC

Longtime New Yorker Leslie Koch of recently told FareCompare’s Anne McDermott all about the best things to do in New York – plus what to eat, where to shop, and how to find the deals:

First things first, though. What you really want to know is how to save on airfare to New York.

Cheap Flights to New York: Best Days to Fly and Other Tips

Want to fly to New York? Here’s when to travel to save the most money.

Cheapest Days to Fly to New York

  • Cheapest Days to Fly: The cheapest days to fly to New York are typically Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday which is generally the cheapest days to fly to most domestic destinations. Fridays and Sundays tend to be more expensive. Note: Many hotels offer discounted weekend rates, so you may wish to fly in on Saturday or even Thursday..
  • Cheapest Time of Day to Fly: The cheapest times to fly to New York are typically overnight flights (the so-called red-eyes), but also at dawn and during the late evening.
  • Cheapest Time of Year to Fly: New York can be popular year-round, but notable off-peak times to fly include the first couple of weeks in November and December and for much of the post-New Year’s winter season. Hotel deals and discounts are widely available during these periods.

Find Deals for Weekend Getaways and Last Minute Flights

Want to getaway to New York at the last minute? Some quick tips:

  • Sign up for FareCompare Airfare Alerts: Let us do the work for you; we send you real-time information on the cheapest flights to New York from your home airport. Note: Open alerts immediately; the cheapest deals do not last.
  • Use the FareCompare Getaway Map: A glance at this map shows you prices to New York from your home airport, or from any city you choose. The map also allows you to share your deals on Twitter. Also consider following New York-based JetBlue, especially the airline’s Twitter deals feed called JetBlueCheeps.

New York Airports – What You Need to Know

New York is served by three major airports that provide travelers with near-unlimited options.

John F. Kennedy International (JFK): Located in southern Queens about 12 miles from lower Manhattan, JFK is the busiest international passenger gateway to the U.S. and is served by scores of the world’s international airlines, as well as most domestic carriers including discount airlines JetBlue (JFK is its hub airport), Sun Country and Virgin America.

LaGuardia Airport (LGA): The smallest of New York City’s airports is also closest to Manhattan; it is served by most domestic carriers including discount airlines AirTran, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, and Spirit plus a smattering of international airlines.

Newark Liberty International (EWR): Though based in New Jersey, this facility is only about 15 miles from midtown-Manhattan; it too is served by numerous domestic carriers including low cost airlines JetBlue and Southwest, plus many international airlines.

Airport WiFI and Transportation

WiFi at New York-Area Airports: All three airports offer fee-based WiFi with connections available in most public areas (payment levels include by-the-hour, 24-hour pass or monthly subscription).

Transportation at New York Air-Area Airports: All three offer taxi cabs stands, which may be the quickest option at LaGuardia but lines can be long at JFK and Newark. Less expensive alternatives include the subway system, light rail, and airport buses to a variety of locations including Manhattan. Plus, there are numerous private car companies with prices that rival taxi fares.

Learn more about FareCompare and the cheapest days to fly and best times to buy airline tickets for year-round savings.


Published: May 10, 2011