Cheap Christmas flights to New York for a white Christmas

Compare fares for a last-minute Christmas flight to NYC to find the lowest price.


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New York City does Christmas well. Very well. The streets are decorated with glittering lights and giant Christmas trees welcome in the holiday season.

But getting to New York City for the holiday period can be expensive. Don’t fret as we have the best tips to help you save hundreds of dollars during the holiday season. In no time you’ll be away from the Australian heat and skating your way across Rockefeller Square.

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When’s the best time to book Christmas flights to New York?

Flights to New York should be booked a minimum of three months in advance to ensure maximum savings, though four to five months in advance is ideal according Skyscanner. Keep an eye out for flight deals around 14-weeks in advance (September and October) for last-minute sale fares for the Christmas season where you stand to save at least 18% compared to the median fare for the year.

You will score a great deal when departing on or before 8 December. Book to take off on 2 December for the most savings though don't book your flight later than 13 December as this is when prices start to rise.

Return flights before Christmas are ideal on 15 December just before they peak. Unfortunately, flights around Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are the highest, but you can still find good savings for return fares on 10 January or later.

Tips and tricks to getting cheap Christmas flights to New York

These simple hacks will have you putting savings back into your pocket.

  • Fly to cheaper US destinations. Direct flights from Australia to the USA are available on affordable airlines such as Virgin Australia and Fiji Airways, typically from Sydney to Los Angeles. Once in the US, fly on a local airline such as Southwest Airlines, JetBlue or Virgin America to get to New York.
  • Take more time with layovers. Choose flights that have longer layovers and you can save big-time. For example, a flight from Sydney to New York with a layover of 16 hours versus a trip with a 2-hour layover can see differences of up to $950.
  • Play around with booking site tools. If you don’t have the time or the extra money to spend, use tools such asCheap Flights that will help you pick the smartest route based on price and time. Skyscanner also offers a tool that shows you the best days to fly for the cheapest flight prices.
  • Fly low-cost airlines. Flying luxury carriers such as United Airlines, Qantas and Air Canada are generally the most expensive. Bite the bullet and look to the cheaper long-haul carriers such as China Eastern Airlines, Asiana Airlines or a combination of multiple airlines to save $200 or more.

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