The best flight deals to Aruba for winter sun from just $160 round-trip

If you’ve been dreaming of a winter getaway in the sunny Caribbean, this could be a great opportunity to make it a reality. We’re seeing cheaper-than-average round-trip airfare from several US cities to Aruba’s white-sand beaches starting at just $160.

These cheap rates are exceptional, given their timing. You can fly during peak hours during the fall and winter periods from November to February. So if you’re traveling from New York to Aruba, you can escape the cold, snowy northeast in favor of the sun and warm temperatures of one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. In fact, we consider Aruba one of the top nine destinations for a winter vacation this year.

We see the cheapest airfare from Miami (MIA), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), New Orleans (MSY), Washington, DC (DCA), New York (JFK and EWR) and Philadelphia (PHL) to Aruba (AUA). Some routes are non-stop, while others require a stopover along the way.

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Most of these cheap fares are with American Airlines and JetBlue Airways. While some are standard economy, others are basic economy, which means you’ll have to pay extra for perks like bag check and seat selection. Be sure to check your specific fare details when booking.

We recommend booking directly with the airline or through an online travel agency such as Price line, Expedia or Travelocity.

Here are some examples of cheap tickets to Aruba that you can book now.

Miami (MIA) to Aruba (AUA) for $160 round trip with American

Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Aruba (AUA) for $160 round trip with JetBlue

Miami (MIA) to Aruba (AUA) for $160 round trip with American

New Orleans (MSY) to Aruba (AUA) for $207 round trip with JetBlue

Washington, DC (DCA) to Aruba (AUA) for $247 round trip with JetBlue

New York (JFK & EWR) to Aruba (AUA) for $268 round trip with JetBlue

Philadelphia (PHL) to Aruba (AUA) for $288 round trip with American and JetBlue

Where to stay in Aruba

Once you’ve booked the flights, it’s time to start planning the rest of your trip, including where you should stay once you get there. Fortunately, the island has no shortage of hotels where you can relax, unwind and enjoy your winter getaway.

Consider booking one of these top hotels in Aruba.

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba — Considered TripAdvisor’s number 1 hotel on the island, you will not be disappointed with a stay at the Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort. It’s an adults-only property, which means it could be the perfect place for a romantic getaway without kids.

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino — This beachfront resort has everything you need on site. From shops to restaurants to a spa, you’ll find a bit of everything. Plus, with beach access and an on-site pool, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to relax.

The Ritz Carlton Aruba — On the luxurious end of the spectrum, the Ritz-Carlton Aruba has two outdoor pools as well as beach access. Inside, you’ll find a spa, modern rooms, three on-site restaurants, and more.

How to book your flights

If your mind is now set on flying to Aruba, be sure to book your flight the right way to maximize what you get for your purchase. For example, there are a number of credit cards that offer additional rewards or benefits when you book travel with them.

The Platinum Card® from American Express is widely considered the best card for booking flights. You’ll earn 5 points for every $1 spent on flights booked directly with an airline or through Amex Travel when you use Amex Platinum. So if you book the $268 round-trip flight from New York to Aruba directly with JetBlue, you’ll earn 1,340 points from Amex, plus points in JetBlue’s TrueBlue program.

Alternatively, you can book these flights with a card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve®, which earns 3 points per dollar on travel, including flights, and 5 points total on air travel if purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards. Then, when you’re ready to book your hotel, you can use the same card to earn 3 points for hotel and home rental bookings, or 10 points total when booking through Ultimate Rewards.

And if you plan to book with an online travel agency like Price lineconsider booking your flights with a credit card that earns points on all travel, not just travel booked directly with airlines or through an issuer’s booking portal.

Want to maximize your airfare and hotel purchases? Check out CNN Underscored list of best credit cards for travel.

Note: While the offers listed above are accurate at the time of publication, they are subject to change at any time and may have changed or may no longer be available.