By Melanie Lieberman
March 09, 2018

On March 14, Caribbean Airlines is launching the first-ever nonstop service between New York City and the new Argyle International Airport in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The weekly flights, which operate every Wednesday, are competitively priced. But more importantly, they reduce a 7 or 10-hour journey with at least one layover down to only 4 hours and 45 minutes.

And that means that finally, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (a collection of 32 islands with luxury beach resorts and yacht-filled waters) is an easy, accessible weekend getaway.

“Our mission is to connect the region more closely,” Caribbean Airlines CEO Garvin Medera said in a statement. “[And] our valued customers can look forward to a schedule that allows for easy and convenient travel.”

While the most inexpensive nonstop, round-trip flights are approximately $550, travelers can find more affordable flights to other destinations in the Caribbean right now.

Yesterday, Scott’s Cheap Flights announced a flurry of low fares to the U.S. Virgin Islands. From April through January — including peak summer — tickets to St. Thomas start at $289 round-trip.

Available on Delta Air Lines and American Airlines, the fare sale includes $289 round-trip tickets from Baltimore, $292 tickets from Buffalo, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Richmond, $295 fares from the New York City area, and $307 tickets from as far west as Los Angeles.

To take advantage of either Caribbean Airlines’ new nonstop flights or the cheap trips to St. Thomas, use Google Flights to identify the most affordable travel dates from your departure city.