Travelers flying from New York to Florida have several choices available to them for airports. Not only are there three airports in the vicinity of New York City, but Florida offers many gateways as well. Though it may be cheaper to fly into a major hub like Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, or Miami, consider your ultimate destination. If you plan on visiting another part of the state you’ll need to find a way to get there from your airport. This could mean a costly rental car and hours on the road, so it’s best to just pay extra to fly directly to your destination city in Florida.

Airport choices

Cheap flights from New York City can originate at one of three airports: La Guardia, JFK, or Newark. In Florida, your destination airport is only limited by where you ultimately want to end up. In the north, you may land in Jacksonville or Tallahassee. Orlando lies in the center of the state and is the airport used by visitors to Walt Disney World. Further south, choose from Fort Lauderdale or Miami on the east coast, or Tampa on the west. At the end very southern end of the state, Key West lies at the end of a chain of islands known as the Florida Keys.

Best airline choices

Direct cheap flights from New York to Florida are offered by every major US carrier (such as American, Delta, United, and Continental) plus several low cost carriers, including:

  • Southwest
  • JetBlue
  • Spirit
  • AirTran Airways

Typical prices

Ticket prices for flights to Florida from New York can vary widely depending on the time of year you are traveling to and which airport you are flying into. Flights to major airports like Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, will be cheaper. Flight prices are at their highest around spring break and over the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s holidays. At these times, prices can be as high as $400-$500 per person. Off-peak times tend to be during summer the weeks before and after the holidays. Cheap tickets from New York to Florida can often be found for less than $200 per person at these times.

Money saving tips

Check websites like Expedia, Travelocity or Priceline but remember that not all of them list the lower-cost carriers, and sometimes the prices are a bit lower when you book directly with the airlines, especially for the budget carriers like JetBlue and Spirit. Be careful with these though, and make sure that hidden fees don’t drive the cost up. For smaller hub airports, compare the cost of flying direct (or with a layover in a larger airport) to that of flying into a larger airport and then renting a car and driving to your final destination.