Deal alert: Fly to the US Virgin Islands from $224

Flights to the U.S. Virgin Islands are seeing nice discounts right now. You can book travel to picture-perfect St. Thomas for a long island weekend from a number of east coast departure cities, including Miami, New York, and Tampa. Most flights in this deal involve a brief layover, but we found a couple of nonstops at excellent prices, too.

This deal is for travel in September, so don’t dawdle on booking a trip if you find an itinerary you like. These fares are also available for travel between January and June 2023, a great time to travel to the Caribbean because you’ll avoid hurricane season. These are economy fares, so checking a bag will likely cost you between $30 and $35 each way.

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Big thanks to Scott’s Cheap Flights for alerting us to this deal. Its Premium membership is available for $49 per year, while the Elite option is available for $199 per year. The latter offers access to deals on premium economy, business- and first-class tickets.

As always, if you’re flexible with your travel plans, you’ll typically find better prices.

Deal basics

Airlines: American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, United Airlines.
Routes: Boston, Hartford, Miami, New York, Orland, Tampa, and Washington, D.C. to St. Thomas.
How to book: Search Google Flights and book directly with the airline.
Travel dates: September 2022; also January-June 2023.

White sand beach on Magens Bay in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. (Photo: Mary Baratto/Getty Images)

Related: The best times to visit the Caribbean

Sample flights

American has nonstop flights in late January from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Cyril E. King Airport (STT) in St. Thomas that are only $224 nonstop. It’s a basic economy ticket, which means you get a free carry-on bag, but a checked bag will cost you $60 round trip.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Prices go up a bit for this same route in May, but a round-trip ticket from New York City to St. Thomas for $264 is still a good deal. Note that this itinerary has a nonstop departure flight, but the return trip has a layover in Miami.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

You can fly JetBlue from Tampa International Airport (TPA) to St. Thomas in September for $257 round trip. There is a brief layover in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Also, this is a Blue Basic, so you don’t get a full-size carry-on bag.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

We found lots of good prices on fares out of Miami for spring travel. American has nonstop flights from Miami International Airport (MIA) to St. Thomas for $344 round trip.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

If you live in the nation’s capital, JetBlue has some nice fares to the USVI. You can fly in September out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to St. Thomas for $337 round trip. It’s a blue basic fare, so no full-size carry-on and there is also a layover in San Juan.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to pay for your trip with a credit card that earns extra points for travel, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), the Citi Prestige® Card for 5 points per dollar on airfare, the Citi Premier® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve for 3 points per dollar on air travel, the American Express® Gold Card for 3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2 points per dollar on travel.

The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

Whether you’re going to soak in all those wonderfully laid-back Caribbean vibes or to enjoy the luxury of the freshly-renovated Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas resort, this deal can help you achieve maximum bliss at a discount.

Featured photo by Nick Heinemann/Getty Images.