The busiest time of year is from December to April where the weather is warmest and a lot of festivals take place. Be sure to book your flights to Jamaica well in advance to avoid overpaying for your flight tickets. Carnival is hugely popular and you’ll struggle to find cheap flights to Jamaica around the weeks it is on. It takes place in March and April depending on whereabouts in Jamaica you are planning to visit.
As soon as the peak season finishes in mid-April there is a noticeable drop in tourism until December comes back around again. Cheap flights to Jamaica are a lot easier to find, with some flight tickets available at up to 60% off the peak season alternatives. During certain events such as the Reggae Sumfest around late July does cause flights to shoot up in price so secure your flight tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Regardless of what time of year you are planning to visit you should aim to book your flights to Jamaica at least three months in advance, if not more if you can. Even during the off season you will struggle to find the cheapest flights to Jamaica if you don’t book early enough in advance. If you are flexible then you’ll have the best chance of securing cheap flight tickets and can find some good deals too. If you decide to fly into Montego Bay (Sangster International) then try to sit on the right hand side of the plane for the best views as your descend.
Flights from London to Norman International (Kingston) – 10 hours 05 minutes
Flights from Manchester to Sangster International (Montego Bay) – 14 hours 20 minutes
Flights from Birmingham to Norman International (Kingston) – 16 hours 20 minutes
Flights from Glasgow to Sangster International (Montego Bay) – 16 hours 50 minutes
Delta, British Airways and American all provide flights to Jamaica with Virgin Atlantic offering the occasional flight too. British Airways are a great choice for long haul flights due to offering complimentary snacks and beverages throughout the entirety on their flights. You can take full advantage of this offer on a 10+ hour flight. You can also become a business executive member for free and earn loads of travel points for future flight tickets. Virgin are also worth looking into as although you might pay slightly more money on your flight tickets you’ll also have a high level of comfort and service as well as a fantastic selection of in-flight entertainment. Ultimately it depends on who provides the cheapest flights to Jamaica so once you’ve compared a couple of airlines you should see what benefits they can offer you.
Norman Manley International Airport:
There are a couple of options to get you into the centre of the capital. You can get bus number 98 directly to the city and it runs all throughout the day. Travelling to the city is easy thanks to the frequency on the buses and for a cheap price too. You can also opt for a taxi from outside of the airport. They are a lot more expensive but if you have a lot of baggage or if you don’t fancy a bus journey then they could be your next best bet. Lastly, once you’ve secured your flight tickets it is worth enquiring if your hotel provides free transfers to and from the airport.
Sangster International Airport:
Once your flight to Jamaica arrives and you’ve gone through customs and baggage claim, you’ll need to find a way to get to the city centre. There are two separate taxi firms that operate from outside of the arrivals Terminal but they won’t be cheap so it’s best to either avoid or only travel if there are a couple of you to split the fare. The best option is a transfer to your hotel so once you’ve booked your flights to Jamaica start enquiring and researching which hotels provide transfers to and from the airport as this will save you a lot of time and money.
(prices quotes are from London)