An Update on the Airlines

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Hello everyone and happy Monday! One of the biggest gripes we hear at News of St. John is about the airlines, and specifically, the lack of flights to St. Thomas. Well we’re just as frustrated as all of you when it comes to this topic. We did a little digging over the weekend, and we did learn that some airlines plan to expand their routes later this year. Here is what we know now:

Spirit: Beginning February 16th, Spirit will add flights to and from St. Thomas on Mondays and Fridays. This will be in additional to their current Wednesday and Saturday schedule. Flight number 212 goes to St. Thomas while flight number 201 leaves from St. Thomas. All flights connect through Ft. Lauderdale.
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Delta: Delta continues to only operate one flight daily. Flight number 307 travels to St. Thomas while flight number 571 leaves St. Thomas. Both flights connect through Atlanta. Delta appears to be placing a larger 757 aircraft in service beginning February 24 on Saturdays only. It is currently flying a smaller 737 to and from St. Thomas. It also appears that Delta will add a nonstop flight between New York (JFK) and St. Thomas on Saturdays only beginning April 7. According to Delta’s website, those flights will begin operating on a daily basis on May 24.

American: American continues to schedule two flights a day both to and from St. Thomas – flights numbers 943 and 1391. The flight numbers are the same both coming to and leaving from St. Thomas. These flights connect through Miami. It is uncertain when American plans to add additional flights to St. Thomas. American also only allows you to check two bags when traveling to St. Thomas. There are no restrictions on the number of bags when leaving St. Thomas.

JetBlue: JetBlue is operating daily, although you must connect through San Juan. Some of these connections occur on JetBlue aircraft. Others operate in partnership with Seaborne and Cape Air.

United: United is operating though San Juan in partnership with Cape Air and Seaborne airlines.

Cape Air: Cape Air offers several flights daily between St. Thomas and San Juan. You may want to buy a ticket on one airline to San Juan and then a separate ticket to St. Thomas on Cape Air.  Please note: If you airline hop, you do not want to check a bag. If you check a bag, you will have to leave the secure area to retrieve it before boarding your second flight. You will then have to go through security again. 

Seaborne: Seaborne offers several flights daily between St. Thomas and San Juan. You may want to buy a ticket on one airline to San Juan and then a separate ticket to St. Thomas on Seaborne.  Please note: If you airline hop, you do not want to check a bag. If you check a bag, you will have to leave the secure area to retrieve it before boarding your second flight. You will then have to go through security again. 

Southwest: Southwest offers flights to and from San Juan. It is an option to buy a ticket on Southwest to San Juan and then buy a separate ticket to St. Thomas on either JetBlue, Cape Air or Seaborne. Please note: If you airline hop, you do not want to check a bag. If you check a bag, you will have to leave the secure area to retrieve it before boarding your second flight. You will then have to go through security again. 

If you have information on any other flight options, we’d love to know. Please leave it in the comments below or over on our Facebook page.

23 thoughts on “An Update on the Airlines”

  1. We spend two weeks in St. John every summer. We’ve already bought our non-stop flights from Washington D.C. Dulles to St. Thomas for July 2018 on United.

  2. American cancelled our direct flights out of JFK a month after booking with no reason given. Everyone be careful and keep an eye on the flights. We are traveling on a thursday and returning following sunday (10 days). Looks like only weekends will have direct flights, not sure

  3. We just booked for the first week in June. Boston-San Juan ( 8 am flight) $139 Seabourne to St Thomas $62. Going back American through Miami $209 pp.

    We made it work but the airlines need to step it up and get back into the game! What kills me is the Jet Blue schedule from Boston. One day time flight at 8 am and then another that leaves at midnight and gets to San Juan at 3:45 AM.

  4. Thanks Jen for the update. Will not be there until 2019 due to Westin being closed until than. Hope airlines are running many more flights by than!

    • For those that can fly out of JFK, just found roundtrip direct flights on Delta for cheap this AM!! just booked for second week in june!!

  5. It’s not for awhile, but AA is selling one flight everyday except Tues-Wed. Charlotte- St Thomas non-stop starting on August 23. The second week of October it changes to a daily flight.

  6. Pre-Irma American offered a daily direct flight to St. Thomas out of Charlotte, NC. Two directs during high season. But all direct flights have been dropped. I inquired to American when CLT/STT flights might be reinstated, but didn’t get a response. Hence, we will be arriving in April via Miami. Not nearly as convenient, but not a deal breaker either. Such is life and the airlines!!

  7. Hi — thanks for all the helpful info — we are heading down in March

    On returning to mainland — do we still clear customs in STT vs in US airport ?

    Thanks

  8. We are coming down to get married the first week of August. Delta is offering 2 flights a day starting in August. We booked 2 first class tickets for the same price as coach in July.

  9. Hi Jen – In April I’m arriving on one of the Miami flights you mentioned and returning on American Flt 837 nonstop SST to Philly – not sure when this Philly flight will be starting. Thx so much for all of your posts — without this info I almost certainly would have cancelled our trip this year. Can’t wait to get back!! Cheers. Scott

  10. I find the best way to get there is book a flight to St. Maarten and then when it’s over St. John open the emergency door and jump out.

  11. A girl from Texas was seated next to a girl from New York on the plane. Trying to be nice, the girl from Texas said ‘where are ya’all from’? The girl fro New York said ‘from a place where we know better than to end a sentence with a preposition. The girl from Texas sat there a minute dumbfounded and thought what to say before saying ‘so where are ya’all from, jerk?

  12. We just grabbed tickets out of O’hare for $215 RT via Spirit in May. We’re usually happy to find them around $500ish, so this seems a bit insane. Anyone else find unexpectedly dirt cheap flights recently?

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