How to Save Time and Money by Avoiding JFK

Delays at New York's already delay-prone airport will be worse over the next four months, and it'll cost you more to fly to or from there.

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New York, New York

Yes, the delays will be even worse over the next four months at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, which closed its main runway March 1 to start widening and repaving it in an effort to eventually reduce delays. This will create a ripple effect at airports throughout the nation and overseas because so many flights originate at JFK. Airports in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlando are expected to be particularly hard hit by the delays at the New York airport, says Anne Banas, executive editor of

Flights to and from JFK also will be more expensive as a result of the runway closing. Banas says several airlines have reduced the number of flights to that airport by 10% to 12%.

So what’s a traveler to do? Unfortunately, it won’t necessarily be cheaper to fly in and out of nearby LaGuardia or Newark Liberty International airports, Banas says.

--If you’re flying overseas or to other East Coast cities, look for flights that do not connect at JFK.

--Weigh paying more for nonstop flights versus the possibilities of long delays and missing connecting flights at JFK. Your sanity might be worth an extra $100.

--If you have to book a connecting flight through JFK, make sure there is a wider window for the layover so you won’t miss a connection.

--If you must fly in or out of the city that never sleeps over the next four months, sign up for e-mail alerts from several sites -- such as, and -- to be notified when fares to or from New York drop.

Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor,

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.