Mini Guide to flying to Puerto Rico, choosing an airport and getting the cheapest rates
Puerto Rico is the hub for travel in the Caribbean, that’s good news for you because you have a great choice of airlines competing to get you the best rates.
What most people don’t realize is that Puerto Rico has various airports to choose from, especially if you’re flying from a major city in the United States.
Your options will depend on the region that you wish to visit in Puerto Rico and your budget. Take some time to read this page, we promise you that a few minutes of reading this page will help you choose the right airline tickets for your vacation and budget needs.
Choosing an Airport in Puerto Rico, your Options
Option #1 – San Juan Airport – Luis Munoz Marin International
Choose San Juan Airport if:
- Need a flexible flight schedule – most major airlines fly to the San Juan Airport daily. We love JetBlue for it’s service, comfortable seating, rates and schedule.
- Planning to stay in San Juan / Metro / or East Coast of Puerto Rico for a few days before heading to Vieques or Culebra. If you are getting a car rental you can get to the farthest point on the west coast in about 2.5 hours, so no place is really too far.
- Spending your whole vacation in Vieques or Culebra – If you’re going to the east offshore islands of Puerto Rico, and don’t have any plans to see the main island, then the San Juan Airport will be your best choice. The most convenient way to get to Vieques is to take a connecting flight and most airlines that fly into Vieques depart from San Juan.
- Want to get the cheapest flights to Puerto Rico – As we stated earlier, the San Juan Internation is the hub of the Caribbean so you’ll get the most competitive rates going to San Juan. In some days, you can get even cheaper flights to the Aguadilla airport. (see below)
Option #2 – Aguadilla Airport – Rafael Hernandez
A small but busy airport on the west coast of Puerto Rico mostly serving tourists to Porta del Sol, local and business travelers. The flight options are more limited but very competitive and sometimes ridiculously cheap rates. The only two major airlines flying into the Aguadilla airport are Continental and JetBlue. Spirit Airlines offers very low rates at times if your plans are flexible.
Choose the Aguadilla Airport if:
- Want to split your vacation to Puerto Rico to experience a little of the main island in the west coast area of Porta del Sol, a great region with fantastic beaches, natural attractions, and adventure activities. Then you can drive to the ferry terminal in Fajardo and take off to Isla de Vieques or Culebra.
- You can fly out of New York, Newark, Orlando or Fort Lauderdale through JetBlue.
Option #3 – Ponce Airport – Meredita
The Ponce Airport offers daily flights from JFK in New York City and Orlando, Florida through JetBlue, the only airline company flying to Ponce.
Tips on booking to save money on airline tickets
- Try to book your flights 21 days in advance to get the best rates.
- You will get the best rate by flying on a Tuesday or Thursday – The best days of the week to book a flight are on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning because they airline are working on adjusting prices for the week.
- If you love to travel and do it often there are various credit card companies that give you miles every time you make a purchase. Just read the fine print to make sure it applies to your travel needs and choice of airlines.