How to Book Cheap Flights to New York this Summer
The approaching summer is a great time to travel across the Atlantic and experience a bit of USA culture. Flights to New York are a great opportunity to see one of the most exciting cities in the world – renowned for its art, food, skyscraper hotels, sports teams, shopping, street festivals and more.
Finding cheap flights to New York can be tricky, particularly in the summer when the schools have closed and families are keen to spend their holidays in this excellent tourist destination. One of the best ways to find cheap fares is to travel early or late in the season when the flights are considerably cheaper than they are during peak traffic.
Another tactic is to use comparison sites to ensure you’re getting the best deal that’s out there. They’re easy and free to use – simply input your destination, select whether you have flexible or fixed dates and search through the listings for the most affordable offer.
The cheapest days to fly to New York are typically Tuesdays to Thursdays, while Fridays and Sundays tend to be the most expensive days as vacationers overlap with business travellers. However, it might be worth researching weekend travel as some hotels offer discounted weekend rates.
Jet lag can be a nuisance, particularly for parents travelling with small children. Although there are some savings to be had by booking indirect flights and changing en route, the difference isn’t much and the amount of hassle and time wasted are often not worth it. Overnight (red-eye) flights early in the morning and late in the evening are usually the cheapest times to fly, but if you’re concerned about the time differences, try to book your return flight during the day so that you can sleep in a bed when you get back.
New York has three major airports: John F. Kennedy International (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and the Jersey-based Newark Liberty International (EWR). JFK is in southern Queens about 12 miles from lower Manhattan, while LGA is closest to Manhattan and is served mainly by domestic carriers. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll find plenty of taxis at all three airports, while cheaper transport options are the subway, light rail and airport bus systems.
From the Empire State Building and Grand Central Terminal to the Staten Island Ferry, American Museum of Natural History and Central Park, New York has some of the best attractions in the world, particularly museums, theatres, shops and restaurants. There’s a reason 48.8 million people visited New York in 2010 (according to NYC statistics) and it’s not just for the bagels!