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Flights to NYC

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Flights to NYC

My son is travelling from LA to NYC at the beginning of December. What is the best source for cheap flights? Which are the best budget carriers? Any other tips?

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1. Re: Flights to NYC

One-way on JetBlue has been $169, but from where in L.A. is he traveling?? JetBlue flies from Burbank airport to JFK. If you check the fare for December and it is a lot higher than $169, keep checking every week until they have their December sale. Prices will be higher for Dec 18-24, maybe $239 each way when you find it on sale.

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There is no such thing as a "budget" carrier in the US. You need to check all airlines as fares basically depend on capacity. JetBlue is almost never cheaper than other airlines - considering it a discount airline is a mistake. Also, they don't fly from LAX - just Burbank and Long Beach (this is very far from central LA if that's where he's staying).

Your best bet is to go to a comparison site like ww.Kayak.com and see what's available for his dates. If they're slightly flexible, remember that flying Tues-Thurs and on Sat is usually cheapest. Right now, Virgin America has pretty good $150 each way fares, but you'll see if that's cheapest when using Kayak.com as it will compare to all other fares.

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3. Re: Flights to NYC

Check Jetblue.com (from BUR and LGB to NY's JFK)

Check Sidestep.com for all airport combinations:

LAX, BUR, LGB and ONT to JFK, EWR or LGA

To see all of these combinations, when you enter "LOS ANGELES" and "NEW YORK" on the sidestep homepage, check off the boxes that say "show nearby airports".

One option as far as inexpensive flights is to fly from LAX to HPN on United. HPN is an outlying airport (think Luton) so your son will have to keep his wits about him doing the transfer into the city. (It's not that difficult, really: a taxi to the nearest rail station and then a train into the city).

Another cheap option is to fly from ONT (an L.A. area airport to the east of downtown) into New York's LGA (La Guardia Airport). While ONT is the most outlying L.A. area airport (requiring 45 minutes to an hour transfer time -- WITHOUT TRAFFIC), LGA is the closest New York City airport (and also the smallest -- so it's easy to get through it). Continental offers this service.

You can also look at the following airlines which, often, do not appear on the major, online travel services listings:

Southwest.com

VirginaAmerica.com

Spiritair.com

Note: Southwest flies into MCI (in Islip, New York -- a suburb of New York). Again, your son would need to transfer to the rail station and then take a train into the city. Southwest's service for this route is never non-stop although it can be inexpensive.

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4. Re: Flights to NYC

They already used Kayak and got a $150 deal. They sent me a "thank you" private message.

There is no point of seaching JetBlue or Virgin separately since they show up on Kayak. Southwest doesn't fly to NYC. SideStep is basically same as Kayak and it automatically searches nearby airports.

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