Help! Flights to Montego Bay Jamaica (Advice Needed)

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
1864 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@cande2014:  $480 to Jamaica sounds very good to me! I’ve paid $480 just to go from one city to another in the US. 


Post # 4
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would book right now.
Non stops are usually more expensive… I can’t see a nonstop being less than that… Thats a great price! 

Post # 5
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@cande2014: Price is good. Where is the layover?  Make sure you leave yourself enough time to get through customs on the way home.  We had a 1 hour layover on the way there, which we missed due to snow (won’t be an issue for you in July) and a 2 hour layover on the way home, which we just barely made due to having to go through customs, get and re-check baggage and go through security again.  This was in Houston.  (It wasn’t even that busy either!!!!) 

Post # 6
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I feel like usually non-stop costs more. There has always been 1 stop for me when I go to the caribbean.


The price you quoted sounds pretty reasonable to me. Your arrival time in Montego Bay is a good time. Just a warning though…. The airport there is INSANE. You stand in multiple lines forever and then you typically have to be bused to your resort location which can also be an hour plus ride. Not sure where you are staying but just keep that in mind that day 1 in Jamaica can be less than relaxing so the sooner you get there, the better.

I personally wouldn’t wait for non-stop flights but that is just me.

Post # 7
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

To @cande2014:  According to the Wikipedia entry for Sangster International Airport (Montego Bay) only United Airlines flies direct out of Washington-Dulles to this location

Wikipedia – Sangster Intl Airport =

I did a similar search for flights as no doubt you did… and didn’t find any direct flights either.

One of the reasons I’m going to guess is because July when you want to travel is LOW / OFF SEASON for Jamaica

If there are direct flights out of Washington, they more than likely are going to be found during HIGH Season / the Winter Months.

Hope this helps (some),



Post # 8
539 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

i’m looking for flights for mbj for july 26th-aug 2nd.  I am further up the coast than you (BOS) and the cheapest flight i have found thus far is 575 r/t on United.  I am waiting for JetBlue to open their schedule which should happen in late dec.  I also would like to wait for AirTran to open their schedule but i dont think they book as far out (i have a lot of southwest frequent flier miles and i can transfer them to airtran).  My TA recommend we at least wait for jet blue to release their flights before booking.  Irregardless, i look every few days using google flight finder.

480 sounds good to me though! GL!

Post # 9
42082 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@cande2014: Sounds like a good deal if you are not leaving the next day.


Post # 10
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@cande2014:  Which airporrt are you flying out of? DCA, IAD or neighboring BWI? Depending on which aiport you leave out to MBJ that will determine price, flights etc. With the airlines there is no guarantee with prices, they change every single day! There are various class fares and once that class fare has sold out, than you move up to more expensive ones. I use to work for the airlines as a ticketing agent….so I would see fares like these adjust every day, esp this far out. Also, non-stop does not always mean cheaper.

Post # 11
1634 posts
Bumble bee

@cande2014:  I think thats a great price for your flight! Our were more expensive to Ocho Rios in April, but I’m in Canada 🙂 I’ll echo another PP and say I wouldnt take that flight if its the day after your wedding – thats WAY too early to be at the airport the very next day. What resort are you going to??

Post # 13
1662 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

You will have time to catch the next plane, just head straight there!  The airlines know people are making connections and they typically wait if the flights are behind schedule.  Also $480 is a good price, I’m flying to Jamaica (5th time) from Chicago non-stop on United next month and my cost was $680/person.  We waited a bit too long to book, but with hotel and flight combined we still got a good deal.

Congrats on the destination wedding Jamaica is beautiful!! 

Post # 15
518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

If you’re not an experienced flyer (and honestly, even if you are) and not comfortable with tight connections, 44 minutes could be tight in ATL, especially if your plane is even a few minutes late from DC.  I speak from experience when I say that it isn’t the norm for them to hold the plane for you!  It may happen sometimes, and especially when it’s a lot of people, but if it’s just you guys….that plane is leaving, with or without you, usually.  I have sprinted up to the gate before (when my flight was late due to an EMERGENCY LANDING at a different airport, and as I sprinted up, the plane was pulling away from the gate…but I digress).


There is a direct flight from BWI to MBJ on AirTran; their calendar currently goes through June 6, so you’ll have to wait another month and a half or so before the schedule opens up for your timeframe, but you may want to consider doing that, especially because then you could use your SW points.  I think regardless you would be ok to wait another month or two to book.  It’s once you start getting much closer to the date that flights will start to really go up.  I’m going to Jamaica for a friend’s wedding in January and tracked prices closely for months.  We ended up doing a 1-way down using American points, and then buying a 1-way back.


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