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Over the last 2 years, we've sent Going members from John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to 367 destinations. These are the cheapest flights we've found to each of those destinations.

Flights from John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) overview

Going searches for the best fares and sends members deals bookable 1-12 months in advance. Going members near John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) save approximately 40% compared to normal flight prices.

Cheapest Going deal

$78

Average price roundtrip

$579.81

Average Going deal price roundtrip

$348.83

Best month to fly

Going found the most deals with travel dates in February.

February

Worst month to fly

Going found the least deals with travel dates in July.

July

Top tips for finding a cheap flight out of John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

Pay attention to the Goldilocks Window

In all our years of watching flight prices, we’ve learned a thing or two about timing. We’ve found that there’s a period of time before a flight—we call it the “Goldilocks Window”—when you’re most likely to get a good deal on a ticket. For domestic flights, it’s 1-3 months before a trip. For international travel, it’s 2-8 months beforehand.

If you’re planning to travel over a holiday or during the high season, however, we recommend planning even further ahead of the usual Goldilocks Window. For instance, if you need to fly during the December holidays, you should start checking out fares in July.

And although killer last-minute deals happen occasionally, they’re not as common as you’d hope. On the contrary, fares typically jump at the 21-day, 14-day, and 7-day points ahead of a flight, so your best bet is to book before those points if you can.

Try the Greek Islands Trick

Sometimes, when you’re dreaming of a very specific vacation spot, it can feel like the airfare to get you there never seems to get any cheaper. You can go somewhere else, of course, or bite the bullet and pay the higher fare—but before you do that, give the Greek Islands Trick a try.

Say you’ve got your heart set on a trip to Santorini. Even from busy JFK, flights can sometimes cost upwards of $1,000 (especially during the high season). Instead, take a peek at flights from JFK to Paris, which are known to drop below $500. Then, look at flights from Paris to Santorini. Even if that ticket is $250, you’re still looking at decent savings (which you can put toward one more night in your ocean-view hotel room).

The idea here is to get close to where you really want to be as cheaply as you can and then close the gap with a separate ticket on a low-cost airline, train, or ferry. The Greek Islands make an ideal example, hence the name, but it works just as well for destinations all over the globe. Sure, it involves a little bit more work on your part, but the savings can be substantial.

Consider other departure airports

New Yorkers tend to look at fares from all three of the big area airports, but have you ever thought about looking at fares departing from airports further away? It may sound counterintuitive, but sometimes there are airfare deals from faraway airports that are so cheap they’re worth the extra work of getting there in the first place.

If, for example, you’re casting a wider net for wild deals than just your home airports, you might see something like an eye-popping $120 roundtrip fare from DC to London or a $202 roundtrip fare from LA to Japan. And yes, you’ll need to tack on the price of a train ride to DC (under $100) or a flight to Los Angeles (~$200), but we think you’ll agree that the added ticket price and effort on your part will be worth it.

Stay as flexible as possible

Flexibility isn’t just a good goal for our bodies, it’s also frequently the key to finding cheap airfare. Traveling during the high summer season may be unavoidable for some people—the kids are out of school, for instance, or those diving lessons are only offered in the summer. Airlines respond to the higher demand with predictably higher ticket prices.

Travelers who can stay flexible with even small aspects of their plans stand a better chance of saving money. If you can avoid the peak summer season, the shoulder seasons (usually fall and spring) offer a great balance of lower prices and nice weather. If weather isn’t an issue, you can save even more traveling during the low season. And, if you have no option but to travel during the peak season, then at least aim for flying on the cheapest days to fly (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays) and skip the most expensive days (Fridays and Sundays) if possible.

Set up airfare alerts

Signing up for email fare alerts is one of the easiest (and best) things you can do when you’re looking for a great deal. You’ll not only be notified when airfare for your desired itinerary drops into a specific range, but you’ll also be confident that you’re getting a good deal because you’ve been seeing the price drop.

We recommend signing up for these alerts several months before you plan to travel, so you can watch the fare fluctuate. When you see a great deal, you’ll know it. Remember that if you’re keeping your travel plans flexible, you’ll need to set up separate alerts for each potential itinerary.

JFK Airport is the primary international airport serving the New York City area, as well as the country’s busiest international gateway airport. It’s a hub for American Airlines and Delta Air Lines, the main base for JetBlue, and a focus city for Norse Atlantic Airways. More than 70 airlines connect JFK to destinations all over the country and the world, many of them nonstop or direct flights.

Frequently asked questions about flying from John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

What is the airport code for John F. Kennedy International Airport?

The airport code for John F. Kennedy International Airport is JFK.

Does John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) have its own on-site hotel?

The TWA Hotel is connected to JFK’s AirTrain and Terminal 5, occupying what used to be the TWA Flight Center. The hotel features a rooftop infinity pool overlooking the runways, a large fitness center, several on-site dining options (including a cocktail bar inside a 1958 plane), and a TWA museum. Room rates start at around $250 per night.

What lounges are available at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)?

Terminal 1

  • Air France Lounge: Located near A1, open 10am-11pm; self-serve meals, dinner service, assorted beverages, shower facility, spa treatment area. Access is free for Air France La Première passengers, some business passengers, and some elite-status passengers.

  • Korean Air Lounge First Class: Located near gate 3 on Level 3, open hours vary; assorted snacks and drinks, sleeping room, shower facility, free WiFi. Access is free for KAL first class passengers, Prestige Class passengers who are Million Milers, and Morning Calm Premium Club members.

  • Korean Air Lounge Prestige: Located near gate 3 on Level 3, open hours vary; assorted snacks and drinks, sleeping room, shower facility, free WiFi. Access is free for KAL Prestige Class Passengers, Skypass Million Miler Club members, Skypass Morning Calm Premium members, SkyTeam Elite Plus members, Skypass Morning Calm members, and members of Priority Pass, Diners, Lounge Club, and Dragon Pass.

  • Lufthansa Business Lounge: Located on the left past security, open 12pm-1am; buffet, snacks, and assorted drinks available, free WiFi. Access is free for Lufthansa first and business class passengers, SWISS or Star Alliance first class passengers, HON Circle members, some Senators and frequent flyers, and Star Alliance Gold members.

  • Lufthansa Senator Lounge: Located on the left past security, open 12-9:30pm; quiet areas to relax or work, shower facility, free WiFi. Access is free for Lufthansa, SWISS, and Star Alliance first-class passengers, HON Circle members, some Senators, and Star Alliance Gold members.

  • Turkish Airlines Lounge: Located near gate 3 on Level 3, open for Turkish Airlines departures; halal meals, kosher meals by request, free WiFi. Access for Turkish Airlines’ first and business class passengers.

Terminal 4

  • Air India Maharaja Lounge: Located near A5, open 7am-12am; free food, beverages, and WiFi. Access is free for Air India first and business class passengers, some elite status passengers regardless of ticket class, and Maharaja Club members. Day passes are available for $45.

  • American Express Centurion Lounge: Located on Level 4, open 5am-10pm; free food, drinks, and WiFi. Access is free for Centurion members, AmEx global Platinum cardholders, and Delta SkyMiles Reserve cardholders.

  • Delta Sky Club: Located near B32, open 4:45am-11:30pm; assorted grab-and-go snacks and drinks, shower facility, free WiFi. Sky Club access is free for Sky Club members, Delta’s and Air France’s first class or business class ticketholders, SkyMiles Reserve cardholders, and AmEx Platinum cardholders with a Delta boarding pass.

  • Emirates Lounge: Located near A5, open 6:40-10:40am and 6:10-11pm; premium meals and beverages, free WiFi, shower facility. Access is free for Emirates first and business class passengers and Emirates Skywards Platinum or Gold members. Day passes are available starting at $125.

  • Minute Suites: Located near B39 on Level 3, open 24/7; private day-bed suites and shower facilities. Rates start at $48 for one hour.

  • Virgin Clubhouse: Located near A5, open 5-8am and 3-10:30pm; free meals and drinks, pool table and games, WiFi, shower facility, luggage storage. Access is free for Virgin Atlantic Upper Class passengers, Delta One passengers on international Delta flights, China Airlines first and business class passengers, and some elite status passengers (Flying Club Gold Card members flying Virgin Atlantic or Delta, SkyTeam Elite Plus members flying Virgin Atlantic or Delta, Virgin Australia Velocity Club Gold, Platinum, and The Club cardholders flying Virgin Atlantic, and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold, Solitaire PPS Club, and PPS Club members flying Virgin Atlantic).

Terminal 5

  • Nap Pods: Located near gate 15, open 24/7; four MetroNap EnergyPods available for free 20-minute naps.

Terminal 7

  • Aer Lingus Lounge: Located near gate 1, open 12:pm until last departure; assorted food and beverage options, free WiFi. Access is free for AerClub Silver Members flying Aer Lingus and AerClub Concierge and Platinum members flying Aer Lingus.

  • Alaska Lounge: Located on Level 3 above security, open 5am-8pm; rotating buffet options, assorted beverages, free WiFi. Access is free for Alaska Lounge members, Club 49 members flying Alaska first class to/from Alaska, and Alaska first class passengers on flights of at least 2,100 miles. Day passes are available for $60.

  • Lounge @ T7: Located on Level 4 above security, open 3-10pm; assorted snacks, buffet, drinks, free WiFi, shower facility. Access is free for premium passengers and elite status members flying ANA, LOT Polish Airlines, Condor, Icelandair, and Ukraine International Airlines. Day passes are available for purchase.

Terminal 8

  • American Airlines Admirals Club: Located near gate 42 on level 3, open 4:30am-10:30pm; assorted grab-and-go snacks, full-service bar, kids room, free WiFi. Access to the lounge is free for Admirals Club members, American Airlines travelers flying first or business class, Citi/AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard cardholders with an AA boarding pass, ConciergeKey members with an AA boarding pass, and AirPass members with Admirals Club privileges. Day passes are also available for $59.

  • Chelsea Lounge: Located on level 4, open 4:30am-10:30pm; variety of meals, snacks, and beverages, shower facility, free WiFi. Access is free for American Airlines or British Airways first class passengers, British Airways Gold Members with 5,000 Tier points, and American Airlines Concierge Key members.

  • Greenwich Lounge: Located on Level 4, open 4:30am-1:15am; assorted snacks, meals, and drinks, shower facility, free WiFi. Access is free for first or business-class passengers and Sapphire Tier or Emerald Tier status passengers flying on American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Qantas, Royal Jordanian, and Qatar Airways.

  • Soho Lounge: Located on Level 4, open 4:30am-10:30pm; various snacks, meals, and beverage options, shower facility, free WiFi. Access is free for first class and Emerald Tier passengers flying American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Qantas, Royal Jordanian, and Qatar Airways.

Does John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) have facilities for those traveling with pets?

There are pet relief areas in each of JFK’s terminals, including outside security.

  • Terminal 1: Outside security near curbside
  • Terminal 4: Outside security near curbside and inside security near B31
  • Terminal 5: Outside security near curbside and inside security near gate 28
  • Terminal 7: Outside security near curbside
  • Terminal 8: Outside security near curbside and inside security near gate 38

Service animals must be leashed at all times, and non-service animals must be kenneled.

How many terminals are there in John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)?

There are five currently active terminals at JFK (numbered 1, 4, 5, 7, and 8) with a combined total of 130 gates. Terminal 4 is technically the international terminal, though international flights can come into any terminal today.

  • Terminal 1: Luxury shops abound in Terminal 1, and dining options include Soy & Sake and Eat & Go Istanbul, as well as fast food. Lounges in Terminal 1 are Air France, Korean Air, Lufthansa, and Turkish Airlines.

  • Terminal 4: More luxury shops are in Terminal 4, along with several Duty Free shops. Dining options include Tigin Irish Pub, The Palm Bar & Grille, Shake Shack, Le Grand Comptoir, Camden Food Co., and various fast food. Lounges in Terminal 4 are Air India, American Express, Delta, Emirates, Minute Suites, and Virgin.

  • Terminal 5: There are fewer food and retail options in Terminal 5 overall, though there’s still a Duty Free and several places to eat—including New York Sports Grill, Caribbean Kitchen, Lucy’s Asian Kitchen, Deep Blue on the Fly, and Piquillo. There’s a NapPods in Terminal 5.

  • Terminal 7: Food options in Terminal 7 include Brindle Room, Bento Sushi, Brooklyn Rebel, Le Grand Comptoir, and some fast food. There are two Duty Free shops. Lounges in Terminal 7 are Aer Lingus, Alaska, and the Lounge @ T7.

  • Terminal 8: There are more Duty Free shops in Terminal 7, plus the usual assortment of airport shop staples. Dining options include O’Neals’ Restaurant, Bobby Van’s Grill, Drink Martini Bar, SoHo Bistro, New York Deli, and fast food. Lounges in Terminal 8 are American Airlines and British Airways.

Does JFK have CLEAR?

Two of the CLEAR lanes at JFK Airport are temporarily closed (in Terminal 2 and Terminal 7), but the CLEAR lanes in Terminal 4 are open from 4:30am-10pm for passengers as well as enrollment.

Does JFK have TSA PreCheck?

TSA PreCheck lanes at JFK are available in Terminals 1, 4, 5, and 8, but not in Terminal 7. The enrollment center is in Terminal 4 on Level 4.

Does JFK have Global Entry?

Yes, New York’s JFK airport has Global Entry for international arrivals. The enrollment center is in Terminal 4 and is open 6:30am-8:30pm Monday-Friday, and 7am-8pm on weekends.

How early should I arrive to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) before my flight?

Generally speaking, travelers taking domestic flights are encouraged to get to the airport two hours before departure, and international travelers are told to get to the airport three hours beforehand. There are a few things you may want to take into consideration about your specific itinerary, however, that might mean you don’t have to get to JFK quite so early.

  • How big is the airport, and where is your gate? JFK is a huge and busy airport, so it may take you longer than you’d expect to get from curbside to your gate. The airport’s website lists the average amount of time it takes to walk to gates from each terminal’s security checkpoint, and it varies from 1-2 minutes for close gates to almost 20 minutes for gates further away from security. Note that those estimates don't consider any transfers between terminals you might have to make via the AirTrain.

  • Did you already check in online? Airlines have a cutoff time by which, if you haven’t checked in, you can’t get on the plane. It’s usually about 30-60 minutes before departure. If you’re unable to check in at home, allow for extra time at the airport to do so.

  • Are you checking a bag? Similarly, airlines also have a cutoff time by which you must get your bags checked (usually 45-60 minutes before departure), so be sure to give yourself enough time to do that if needed.

  • Is the airport busy? Even if you’re not traveling during peak times, wait times at JFK security can be 30 minutes or more (even for people with PreCheck). If you’re traveling during an especially busy time, expect longer lines. (And with ongoing construction, wait times for all sorts of things will likely be longer.) Security wait times are listed on the airport’s website, updated in real-time.

Although common wisdom might be to arrive at the airport 2-3 hours ahead of departure for a domestic or international flight (respectively), you might be able to get away with getting to JFK 1.5-2 hours early—so long as you’re traveling carry-on only, you checked in at home, you’re traveling when it’s not going to be especially busy, and your gate isn’t far from the security checkpoint. Otherwise, your best bet is to stick with the usual 2-3 hour guidelines.

How far is John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) from downtown New York?

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is in Queens, about 15 miles from midtown Manhattan via the most direct route.

What are the different transportation options for going from the city center to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)?

There are several ways to get from NYC to JFK.

  • By taxi: There’s a flat fee on taxi trips between Manhattan and JFK of $70, plus a $5 added charge during peak hours, a $0.50 charge for trips within New York State, and a congestion charge of $0.75-2.75 for certain parts of Manhattan. Fares for the other boroughs are metered and can vary considerably.

  • By public transportation: The AirTrain at JFK connects the airport’s terminals with two nearby subway stops (Jamaica and Howard Beach), linking the A, E, J, and Z trains to the AirTrain route. A single ride on the AirTrain is $8.25 (this doesn’t include subway fare).

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