New York, New York, it's a wonderful town... until you see the sky high prices that can come with a visit to the US city.
The good news is that despite its reputation, it is possible to see the Big Apple when you're on a budget.
In fact, there are cheap flight deals to be found - and if you pair that with a stay at one of New York's best cheap hotels , that could leave you with some extra cash to explore the City That Never Sleeps. (You may want to check out our tips for sightseeing on a budget ).
To give you a helping hand, we've put together a guide for finding cheap flights to New York including the best places for deals and the things you need to know before you travel.
Check out the guide below...
What to know before you book
- You need to get a visa: Before you travel, you'll need to apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) . Make sure to do this at least three days BEFORE you leave for New York.
- There are two NYC airportsfor international flights: JFK International and Newark. Both are about a 45-minute drive from Manhattan, but are on opposite sides. When you book, make sure to double check which airports you're flying to/from (especially for the return journey as you don't want to be at the wrong departure point!).
- Cheapest time to go: Mid-January to February. However the best time to go for warm weather is between April to June and September to November, either side of the summer heatwaves.
Book ahead: NYC is a big city so it's worth planning parts of your itinerary ahead of time so you don't miss out on the top attractions. Our New York City guide is packed with top tips on the best attractions, restaurants and more insider tips.
Best places to find cheap flights
As the Big Apple is such a popular destination, the good news is that there are plenty of direct flights from the UK - and you can find some budget-friendly fares.
We take a look at the airlines with cheap direct flights to New York below...
British Airways: BA has direct return flights from £260pp to JFK International with London airport departures. It's worth noting that the cheapest fares are often based on hand luggage only.
Virgin Atlantic: The airline has direct return flights from around £420pp to JFK International with both London and Manchester departures. It's worth noting that the cheapest fares are often based on hand luggage only.
Norwegian: Norwegian has direct flights from £139.90 each way to JFK International from London Gatwick.
If you're not fussed about a stopover, then it's worth checking out websites like Skyscanner where you can find return flights to New York from £228pp .
Thinking of a package deal instead? Lastminute.com and Expedia can be good sources for New York City breaks, while TravelSupermarket can be handy if you're able to be flexible with your travel dates.