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Top tips for finding a cheap flight to New Jersey

Book your flights during the Goldilocks Window

Contrary to what you might have heard, there isn’t a magical day or time when airfares are always the cheapest. There is, however, a period of time before any flight when tickets are typically the cheapest they’re going to be. For domestic trips, it’s 1-3 months before departure. For international trips, it’s 2-8 months beforehand. We call this sweet spot the Goldilocks Window.

But if your travel plans happen to be during the high season, or your actual travel dates are set in stone, we’d advise looking to buy even further in advance. Planning a summer holiday on the Jersey Shore? Start looking at fares over the winter. And remember that while there are occasionally last-minute bargains, the vast majority of the time, ticket prices go up dramatically before a flight. This is especially true 21, 14, and 7 days before takeoff, so be sure to book before then.

Try the Greek Islands Trick

Sometimes, the best option for getting where you want to go isn’t the most direct route. If you’re headed to New Jersey, you’ll find plenty of nonstop flights into Newark, but they may not be the cheapest flights. Before you click the buy button, we recommend trying what we call the Greek Islands Trick, in which you find the best fare on a flight that gets you pretty close to where you really want to be and find another transportation method to make up the difference.

With our Newark scenario, some of the other airports to check for cheaper fares are obvious—namely, the other two NYC-area airports, LaGuardia and JFK. But don’t overlook airports outside the NYC bubble. There may be a super low fare from an airport close to you that flies into Boston or Philadelphia, for example, and from either of those cities, you can hop on a train or rent a car to get where you’re going in New Jersey for less than it might cost to fly directly to the Garden State. And, yes, this may take more attention to detail in the planning, but the savings can be big.

Consider using an alternative departure airport

Just as there are sometimes better deals on flights to airports that are close to where you ultimately want to go, there are also sometimes better deals on flights that leave from different airports than you might usually use. If you live in the Los Angeles area, you may already be accustomed to searching multiple airports for flights. But it’s a good habit to get into, no matter where you live.

We see unbelievably low fares that depart from airports all over the country, both big hubs and smaller airports, and you never know when one of those might save you a bundle. Even if you live in LA, you can benefit from shopping around more broadly. A nonstop flight from LAX to Newark might be $450 or more roundtrip, but a nonstop flight from San Diego could be under $300 roundtrip. That $150 savings might make a road trip worth your while.

Plan your trip for when flying is cheaper

Being flexible with your travel plans is one of the best ways to save money on a trip. This can mean favoring the shoulder seasons (or even low season) instead of the more expensive peak season—which is roughly June-August in most of New Jersey. High season means greater demand, and greater demand means airlines will raise the prices of tickets.

Flexibility comes in multiple forms, though, and one that you may not know is about what days of the week are generally the cheapest to fly. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays are often the cheapest days to fly in a given week, so try to schedule your flights on those days. Fridays and Sundays tend to be the most expensive days to fly, so try to avoid those if you can. Of course, if your trip is over a major holiday like Thanksgiving, these generalizations won’t apply. But you may still be able to save a bit of money if you look at flight options a few days before and after your target travel dates.

Set alerts for specific itineraries

We all like tech tools that make our lives easier—especially if that also means saving money. Tracking the constant changes in the cost of airline tickets is made infinitely easier with the help of fare alerts. You simply set up an alert for a specific trip you’re watching, and you’ll be notified by email when the price drops. Do this far enough in advance that you’ll be able to see prices trending up or down and therefore be confident you’re getting a good deal when you click the buy button. If you’re considering multiple trip options, note you’ll need to set up a fare alert for each one. Or you can simply join Going and let us do all the searching and tracking for you.

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is by far the largest and busiest in New Jersey. It’s the biggest hub for United Airlines, is also one of JetBlue’s focus cities, and is also served by 28 other airlines—which means your options for flying into Newark are plentiful. There are more than 85 airports in the United States with nonstop service into Newark Liberty, as well as airports in more than 50 other countries that also offer nonstop service to Newark.

Frequently asked questions about flying to New Jersey

When is high season in New Jersey?

New Jersey’s busy tourist season stretches a bit beyond summer in both directions, running from roughly mid-May through mid-September, although the peak of summer (July-August) is the busiest. This is particularly true for the coastal towns when visitors and locals alike flock to the beaches to escape the summer heat. In fact, some of New Jersey’s beaches are only open between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

In addition to the undeniable pull of the Jersey Shore, there are events dotting the summer calendar that appeal to a wide range of interests. There’s the state’s barbecue championship, a hot air balloon festival, sand sculpting contests, and a variety of outdoor music festivals. Just be prepared for the heat—temperatures routinely climb into the high 90s and low 100s F.

When is the best time to visit New Jersey?

Though many beachgoers love the steamy New Jersey summer weather, it’s not for everyone. If you’re not planning to spend all your time near the water (or if you just generally want to avoid the crowds and high prices), then the shoulder season months can be a good compromise.

In May (and sometimes early June) and September-October, you stand a very good chance of still having warm weather without the oppressive heat of peak summer. Some beaches stay open year-round, and you may find the beaches less busy outside the main summer months. Tourism season really kicks into gear over Memorial Day weekend, though, so if your travel plans include the end of May, you might run into higher prices and need to book further in advance.

How many airports are there in New Jersey?

By far, the biggest and busiest airport in New Jersey is Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), serving more than 22 million passengers a year. This is partly because Newark Liberty is so close to New York City that it’s considered one of NYC’s three airports, but that also means people traveling to New Jersey have lots of options, too.

The only other international airport in the state is Atlantic City International Airport (ACY), which sees fewer than 600,000 travelers annually.

Which city in New Jersey is the easiest to get to?

Because of its proximity to New York City, Newark is the easiest city in New Jersey to reach by plane. It offers not only the biggest variety of flight times and airline choices, but it’s also where you’re more likely to find the cheapest flights to New Jersey. There are more than 85 nonstop flights from airports around the US into Newark, as well as nonstop flights from dozens of airports in more than 50 countries around the world. It’s also United Airlines’ biggest hub airport.

What are the rules for traveling with pets to New Jersey?

The regulations about bringing a pet to New Jersey from another state vary a bit by animal. Dogs, for instance, must be licensed and have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) dated no more than 30 days before your arrival. This PDF from the New Jersey Department of Health details all the rules for different types of animals. You’ll also need to check your airline’s rules about flying with animals.

If you’re coming to New Jersey with a pet from another country, you should consult the information on the USDA’s website. There are restrictions on bringing some animals from countries that are considered high risk for things like rabies, screwworm, or foot and mouth disease. Click on the drop-down menu to see specific information about the kind of animal you’re traveling with.

How long is the flight to New Jersey?

The duration of a flight to New Jersey can vary considerably. Nonstop flights from the West Coast are generally 5.5-6 hours. From the Midwest, it’s around 2-3 hours. From the southern states, it can take 2-3.5 hours. And from nearby states on the East Coast, it’s a quick trip of roughly an hour or less.

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