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I know that flights to San Juan are expensive, but wondering how expensive. We're traveling during spring break Mar 2020 on Freedom (family of 4). I'm starting to look at flights out of Minneapolis / St. Paul (MSP) and options are really limited. Delta is offering $1,700 main cabin seats (this is 6 months out) and this isn't even direct, these flights have 1 or 2 stops. I usually book early, but I'm wondering if I should wait another month or 2 or just bite the bullet. Spirit is also high around $1,000, but we won't fly them due personal issues w/ them.

Any advice would be appreciated. Delta is our preferred airline.

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19 minutes ago, Srp431 said:

I know that flights to San Juan are expensive, but wondering how expensive. We're traveling during spring break Mar 2020 on Freedom (family of 4). I'm starting to look at flights out of Minneapolis / St. Paul (MSP) and options are really limited. Delta is offering $1,700 main cabin seats (this is 6 months out) and this isn't even direct, these flights have 1 or 2 stops. I usually book early, but I'm wondering if I should wait another month or 2 or just bite the bullet. Spirit is also high around $1,000, but we won't fly them due personal issues w/ them.

Any advice would be appreciated. Delta is our preferred airline.

What about Southwest? I live in Chicago and just booked my spring break tickets.

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thanks for the reply Sweety! I forget about Southwest. I just checked and they are around $1,200 RT. We're hoping to leave on a Friday (Mar 20), 2 nights in San Juan. Cruise is from Mar 22 - 29 (Sun - Sun).

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Airfare for the Freedom Blog Cruise Group Cruise this December was shockingly high.  Now I was expecting higher prices because this is a New Year's cruise, but even Southwest never even offered Wanna Get Away fares available for the return flight home the same day as the cruise.   

At about 130-150 days out from the cruise the airfare to get there dipped about $80 on Southwest.  At around 120 days out Frontier dropped their price for the return trip home by a large amount so I jumped on that.

The cheaper end of the choices that I had for flying from Orlando were on Southwest, Frontier, Spirit, Alegiant and Jet Blue.  None of the US domestic legacy carriers even came close to touching the prices.  JetBlue's price never waiver from when I originally was looking at the prices 5 months out.

Long story short, airfare prices are nearly impossible to predict with much accuracy.  Consider adjusting to stay extra before or after if it ends up being a cost savings when you figure in the hotel stay.  

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1 hour ago, Srp431 said:

I know that flights to San Juan are expensive, but wondering how expensive. We're traveling during spring break Mar 2020 on Freedom (family of 4). I'm starting to look at flights out of Minneapolis / St. Paul (MSP) and options are really limited. Delta is offering $1,700 main cabin seats (this is 6 months out) and this isn't even direct, these flights have 1 or 2 stops. I usually book early, but I'm wondering if I should wait another month or 2 or just bite the bullet. Spirit is also high around $1,000, but we won't fly them due personal issues w/ them.

Any advice would be appreciated. Delta is our preferred airline.

So a couple of things:

1) Are you quoting prices per person, or for your family of 4? Of course, $1700pp for MSP-SJU is ridiculous...$425pp during spring break seems very fair. This is a very important distinction. That being said, if it is $1700pp, I still don't know what to tell you because of my second point, which is...

2)  In the case of Delta, the tickets have been out for quite some time now...since approximately April. So, odds are the lowest fare buckets are now gone for a peak season like spring break to the Caribbean. I would say the odds of it coming down are very, very small. They're unlikely to release lower fare buckets due to demand, and a sale for a high travel period like that is something that has about a 5% chance of happening. (Not a real statistic, just stressing it's very unlikely) 

The biggest "issue" is that the US economy is super strong right now, and there is an extremely high market for both vacation and business travel. That is all tied up with a relatively static number of seats for sale, which results in high fares. 

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All I can say is "WOW" to that pricing...  It's sad that spring break and holidays is the time for the airlines to really take advantage of customers on pricing... 

I'm flying from Anchorage, Alaska to San Juan, Puerto Rico the first part of June 4th, and our tickets on American Airlines from ALASKA (with stops in Seattle & Charlotte) were only $379 each (one-way)!!!

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The last time we sailed out of San Juan, we flew into Ft Lauderdale the day before,  stayed overnight and took the first flight out of Ft Lauderdale to San Juan the day of the cruise.  It was a lot cheaper breaking up the flight.   You may want to price airfare per segment.  Sometimes the price is better.  You might even be able to use two different airlines depending on prices.  

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What about flying back on Monday? I just checked JetBlue and the price drops $450/pp if you fly home on Monday 3/30 instead of Sunday. Their timetable stinks, but that price differential may be indicative of what you could see on other airlines. I would also be open to  booking different airlines to/from. 

Flying to SJU over spring break hurts, period. Even with my husband’s crewmember discount for positive space seats, we paid close to $700/pp to fly down there for spring break 2017 cruise. 

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I concur with Bella. We are cruising out if San Juan in Nov and I found fares higher than usual.  We ended up doing one-way New Orleans to Orlando and then one-way orlando to san juan a lot cheaper than NOLA to San Juan. Granted, we have to get our bags but we broke it up to a late friday after work flight and then leave 1st thing in the morning to PR (staying a free night in Hyatt in the Orlando airport) so getting bags isn't a problem.  The total cost was 1/3 of what it would have been and we get to start vacation a little earlier.  Coming home, we did PR to NOLA but booked it later after watching prices.

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On 9/27/2019 at 2:32 PM, Srp431 said:

thanks for the reply Sweety! I forget about Southwest. I just checked and they are around $1,200 RT. We're hoping to leave on a Friday (Mar 20), 2 nights in San Juan. Cruise is from Mar 22 - 29 (Sun - Sun).

I lived in Minneapolis for a year and a half. 

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I agree with Jill, we flew to SJU last Easter week for 370 pp from Elmira, NY.... changed planes twice, beginning in a Barbie Jet (SRJ 700)... changing to bigger planes at each airport. 

I found this price using choice air. We picked our seats. Economy...

Price would have been $825 pp directly through Delta. I did not see this price difference between choice air and booking direct with other nearby airports. I booked the flights the week they came out... 

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I did check w/ Royal about the Air / Sea flights and they were very competitive with what I was finding on-line the only difference was they were' not showing early morning flights only evening one, but I think I'll look at one-way flights and changing planes and we'll see what happens, Thanks all for the ideas, much appreciated as always. Overall, its going to be an expensive flight.

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We got a SW $140pp flight home from SJU to EWR for a repo cruise we have coming up next month.  We tracked prices for a very long time and that was the best we could do.  We have to fly to Detroit, I think, or maybe Chicago first, and will be a 9 hour trip total...but man the flights were killer doing it any other way.  

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we've seen high prices ex. SJU for Sunday returns also, unless you are departing at 6 or 7am.  since that's too early for most cruise pax to book a return flight with regards to disembarkation procedures, airlines know this and price accordingly.  

last time did a SkyMiles award ticket going into SJU on a Saturday, and booked a one-way on Frontier SJU-ATL for $120 one-way at 4pm coming back.  it was a third of the price of Delta at the same time.  sometimes it helps to split it up, but not always. 

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8 minutes ago, PurdueFlyer said:

last time did a SkyMiles award ticket going into SJU on a Saturday, and booked a one-way on Frontier SJU-ATL for $120 one-way at 4pm coming back.  it was a third of the price of Delta at the same time.  sometimes it helps to split it up, but not always. 

With domestic US flights, there's almost no instances where booking a roundtrip saves money versus two one-ways. The only concern is, if your plans change, there are two change fees to deal with. But that's a calculated risk that is sometimes worth it. I've done it plenty of times. 

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22 minutes ago, Zacharius said:

With domestic US flights, there's almost no instances where booking a roundtrip saves money versus two one-ways.

I have not found that to be true but I'll test it out again when I book my next trip. I also don't like certain airlines and will avoid them if at all possible.

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We're on the cruise right after you (March 29th) ..... one of the ideas that my wife came up with, fly down to MCO the day before, stay the night at my mothers (about 20 minutes from the airport), then fly to SJU the morning of the cruise (that's one of the upsides to Freedom not leaving till later)..... thereby saving us the cost of the hotel ..... I'll have to tinker with the numbers when I get home this evening.

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I have been looking hard at that Freedom cruise out of San Juan, but the airfare is crazy.  With the wife being a teacher and also really not wanting to take the kids out of school, we are limited to the winter and spring break weeks, which greatly compounds the problem.  The flights are just about more than the cruise.  Flights to Florida at those times have gotten crazy in recent years, but San Juan is worse.  I really try to stick to the major airlines, some of the budget airlines are brutal.  

Frontier just got added recently to our airport, although I have heard mixed reviews.  I would ride in the bed of a pickup truck before flying Spirit again.  

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