Airfare to Dominican Republic
As one of the largest countries in the Caribbean, it’s no surprise that it’s usually fairly easy to get discount airfare to the Dominican Republic. Frequent travel by the country’s many expats who live in the US helps keep competition high and airfare relatively low. The country’s main international airport is Las America (code: SDQ) near the capital of Santo Domingo.
Which airlines have flights to Dominican Republic?
Quite a few different airlines serve the Dominican Republic, but just as is the case in much of the Caribbean, American Airlines often has the lowest airfare. They fly frequently through their busy Puerto Rico hub, which has direct flights from most major North American cities. Delta flies to the Dominican Republic through both their Atlanta and New York hubs, and Continental Airlines flies through their Newark hub.
Unless you are coming from the Northeast US, American Airlines will usually have the shortest flight time combination, since their Puerto Rico hub is so close and so easy to reach from most of the country.
From Europe you can reach the Dominican Republic non-stop from both Paris and Madrid, so the whole continent is no more than one layover away from their DR visit.
Other airports in the Dominican Republic
Santiago is the second largest city and their airport (code: STI) can be reached from Miami on American, Newark on Continental, and from New York JFK on JetBlue. Prices are usually a little higher than flying into Santo Domingo, but if Santiago is nearer your destination flying direct is usually best. JetBlue has trouble matching American’s low prices, so compare both before assuming the discount carrier is cheapest.
Saving money on your flight to Dominican Republic
The peak season is the weeks around Christmas and New Years, so avoiding that time or booking well in advance will save you money. This is a popular destination year round, but January through March is high season. Going just before or after that, or going midweek will usually also lead to lower airfare.
For more information on Dominican Republic, check out BootsnAll’s Dominican Republic Travel Guide.