Here's a fantastic deal for this exotic route and destination. Fly from New York-JFK to Phuket, Thailand for $450 roundtrip on China Eastern Airlines.
The flight window is small, but I was able to find multiple dates for this price departing in late November through December 25, 2018. Usually when fares this low pop-up they require long layovers but in this instance, they're completely reasonable and won't have you stuck for hours on end waiting for your next flight.
As an example below, searching on Expedia, I found seats departing JFK on Tuesday, December 4 and returning from HKT on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Since this is an unadvertised deal and there are no set fare conditions, the best way to find it is to play around with dates on a booking site and see what comes up. I saw other departures in November for just $30 more, so give it a try with your ideal travel window and cross your fingers.
For itineraries that do have an extended layover that requires an overnight or are over 12 hours, China Eastern Airlines is one of the carriers that will provide you with a free hotel for the stay. For a full list of airlines that offer free accommodation on extended stays click here.
If Thailand seems like too long of a flight, we've got you covered with hundreds of other marked down destinations closer to home on the New York (JFK), New York (LGA), and Newark (EWR) fare deal pages.
Need a hotel in Phuket? Here's what's available for the sample dates on Hotelwatchdog.