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Flights to Puerto Rico overview
Going searches for the best fares and sends members deals bookable 1-12 months in advance. Going members save approximately 39% compared to normal flight prices to Puerto Rico.
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Going found the most deals with travel dates in January and October.
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Going found the least deals with travel dates in July.
Top tips for finding a cheap flight to Puerto Rico
Book in the Goldilocks Window
There’s no magic day of the week or month when airline tickets suddenly go on sale, but there are time periods when you’re most likely to find deals. We call those time periods the Goldilocks Window. These time periods are not too far away from your departure date and not too close. In this case, the just right time is 1-3 months before a domestic flight and 2-8 months before an international flight. If you’re planning to travel during a busy period, like summer or over holidays, start searching on the earlier end.
We’ve found that booking in the opposite season of peak times is a good way to find deals. Booking for a winter holiday trip in July, for example, or for a summer holiday in December. We’ve noticed fares almost always rise at the 21-, 14-, and 7-day marks. So at the very least, book more than three weeks ahead.
Use the Greek Islands Trick
We came up with the Greek Islands Trick as a way to find cheap flights to the Greek Islands, but it works for plenty of destinations. How it works is you get as close as you can to your final destination, then book a cheap budget airline flight or other form of transit to your final destination.
If you’re trying to visit Puerto Rico during peak season and flights from your city are expensive, look for flights to Miami instead. Lots of cities around the US have flight deals to Miami, and Miami has more flights to Puerto Rico than anywhere else in the country. New York also has lots of flights to Puerto Rico, so even though it might be geographically farther away than where you’re coming from, you could save money by finding a cheap flight to New York and then a cheap flight to San Juan.
Search alternative departure airports
If you live in Atlanta, you’ve probably never considered flying out of any other airport. With the world’s busiest airport in your backyard, why would you? But we see amazing flight deals from cities all over the US, and sometimes those are deals worth flying for.
If you see a $120 flight deal from Chicago to San Juan, for example, even adding a $200 flight from Atlanta to Chicago could save you money. Miami, New York, and Chicago often have great deals to Puerto Rico, but it’s worth checking airports around the country.
Fly when it’s cheaper
If you can be flexible with your travel dates, you can save a lot of money by traveling in the off-season. Summer is peak travel time in most of the world, which means airlines can charge more for tickets. On the other hand, October–November and January–March are low seasons in Puerto Rico and the months most likely to have flight deals. Shoulder seasons, like May–June and September, are great times to visit, less busy than peak summer, and slightly cheaper than high season.
Sometimes, though, you want to or have to travel during the high season. In that case, you should try to fly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, when fares are cheapest. If you can, avoid Fridays and Sundays, which are the most expensive days to fly.
Set alerts for specific trips
Keeping track of airfare can be time-consuming and a hassle. The good news is technology can make your life easier. Set a flight alert for your Puerto Rico travel dates, and you’ll get an email when fares drop to your selected price range. We recommend doing this well in advance of your trip, before the Goldilocks Window we mentioned, in order to get the best deals.
Puerto Rico is well connected to the East Coast, Midwest, and South. There are more than 120 daily nonstop flights between cities in those regions and San Juan. From most cities in the US, you can reach Puerto Rico with just one connection.
Frequently asked questions about flying to Puerto Rico
When is high season in Puerto Rico?
December through April, after hurricane season, before hot summer temperatures, and when many people around the US want to escape cold winters, is the high season in Puerto Rico. This also coincides with spring break in much of the US, and Puerto Rico is a popular spring break destination.
When is the best time to visit Puerto Rico?
If you’re hoping for warm but not too hot weather, winter is the best time to visit Puerto Rico. Temperatures are mild enough to walk around Old San Juan but still warm enough for the beach from late December through April. This is also the high season, but if you book in advance, you can still find good deals.
If you want to avoid snowbirds and spring breakers, travel during the shoulder seasons, like October and November, or May and June. Beware that hurricane season is from June–early November, so while flights might be cheaper and you can avoid crowds, you could have to cancel your trip if the weather strikes.
How many airports are there in Puerto Rico?
There are six airports in Puerto Rico, though most tourists will fly into San Juan. San Juan Luis Muñz Marín International Airport (SJU) is the largest airport in Puerto Rico and serves major airlines like American Airlines, United, JetBlue, and Southwest. This is the airport US cities are most likely to offer direct flights to.
Other airports include Mercedita International Airport, which serves JetBlue and is near the city of Ponce, Rafael Hernández International Airport, which is near Aguadilla and serves Spirit and JetBlue, and Eugenio María de Hostas Airport, which serves Cape Air near Mayugüez. Other airports are on smaller islands. Antonio Rivera Rodríguez Airport is on Vieques Island, Benjamín Rivera Noriega Airport is on Culebra Island, and Fernando Luis Ribas Dominico Airport is on Tinian Island. For most of these smaller airports, you will have a layover in San Juan.
Which city in Puerto Rico is the easiest to get to?
San Juan is the easiest city to get to from the US. The airport sees around eight million tourists per year, including those on direct flights from Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Hartford, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, St. Louis, Tampa, and Washington, DC.
If you’re flying from New York or Miami, you can also find direct flights to Aguadilla.
What are the rules for traveling with pets to Puerto Rico?
The Puerto Rican government introduced new rules for bringing cats and dogs into its islands in June 2023. Your pet will need to have an interstate health certificate from a veterinarian, which is usually obtained after an examination. You should make sure your veterinarian has USDA accreditation in order to give the certificate. All vaccinations must also be up to date. There are additional rules for birds and other animals.
How long is the flight to Puerto Rico?
The flight to Puerto Rico depends on where in the US you’re coming from. From New York and elsewhere in the Northeast with direct flights, it takes about 3.5 hours. From Miami, it’s about 2.5 hours. From the Midwest, direct flights are about 4.5 hours, which is about the same as the flight time from cities in Texas. There are no direct flights from California or the rest of the West Coast to Puerto Rico, so with a stop, most flights take about 8 hours.
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