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Flights from Atlanta (ATL) overview
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Top tips for finding a cheap flight out of Atlanta (ATL)
Target the Goldilocks Window
While we maintain that there’s no specific day of the week when airline tickets are magically cheaper, we do have recommendations on how far in advance of a trip you should book your tickets to get the best deals. We call it the Goldilocks Window—not too soon, not too late. For domestic flights, that means booking 1-3 months before a trip. For international trips, the sweet spot is a little longer, about 2-8 months ahead of a trip.
For anyone booking a flight during a peak travel season, however, or a trip that requires specific travel dates rather than flexibility, we recommend planning even further in advance. If, for instance, you’re looking to vacation during the December holiday season, you’d be wise to start looking at fares in July. And last-minute deals are few and far between during busy travel seasons, with fare jumps happening 21, 14, and seven days in advance, so it’s best to book before those points if at all possible.
Get creative with the Greek Islands Trick
Even if you’re watching fares like a hawk, some flights never seem to get any cheaper. Before you give up and pick a different destination, though, try our beloved Greek Islands Trick.
If you really want to fly from Atlanta to Mykonos for a summer beach holiday, you may be looking at a price tag of $1,500—or more. Instead, check out fares to London, which can be found for under $700. Pair that with a low-cost airline ticket (sometimes under $170) from London to Mykonos, and you’ve saved yourself a bit of cash that you can put toward another night or two in a hotel.
Despite the name, the Greek Islands Trick works even if your destination isn’t in Greece or an island. The idea is just to get the cheapest flight you can find from Atlanta that gets you close to where you really want to go and then book a separate cheap flight (or train ticket or ferry ride) for the rest of the trip. Yes, it involves a little more work on your part to plan this kind of trip. And? It potentially saves a bundle.
Look at alternative airport options
Travelers living near Hartsfield–Jackson may have never considered flying out of any other airport. Why would you, when the world’s busiest airport is right there? Believe it or not, there may be situations in which you could actually save money by looking at long-haul flights from other cities—even if it means you have to take a short flight from Atlanta to get there.
We see shockingly cheap fares from all sorts of airports, big and small, and if you’re only looking at your home airport, you could miss out on them. If you see a $202 roundtrip fare from LA to Japan, for instance, then even adding a $250 flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles would mean you’re still saving a whole bunch of money. In other words, it behooves even Atlanta-area residents to check out the deals out of other major airports before booking a trip.
Flexibility is key
Summer is one of the busiest travel seasons in many parts of the world for good reason—not only are kids on summer break, but balmy temperatures also make for lots of happy vacationers. An abundance of people wanting to travel in a specific and limited timeframe, however, means airlines can charge more for tickets.
The more flexible you can be with your travel dates, the better your chances of finding cheaper flights. Shoulder seasons are travel favorites, tucked on either side of a destination’s high and low seasons, a great combination of lower prices than the high season and better weather than the low season. If cold weather doesn’t bother you, you can save even more by traveling in the off-season.
And, if traveling outside of the peak season isn’t an option for you, be sure to look at fares on what are generally the cheapest days to fly: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Avoid Fridays and Sundays, the most expensive days to fly, if you can.
Sign up for email fare alerts
Keeping track of airfare as it fluctuates is work—we know that firsthand. The good news is that there are easy ways to make technology do some of the work for you.
Set up fare alerts for any specific itinerary you’re looking at, and you’ll get an email when the fare drops into your target price range or by a noteworthy amount. Do this well in advance of your trip, before the Goldilocks Window we talked about above, so you can see prices drop. Keep in mind, though, that if your travel dates or destination are flexible, you’d need to set up a few alerts to cover your bases.
Atlanta is the world’s busiest airport, serving more than 100 million passengers annually. It’s the main hub for Delta Air Lines and a major base of operations for Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Spirit Airlines. There’s nonstop service from Atlanta to more than 150 domestic and 70 international airports, so your travel options are plentiful—to say the least.
Frequently asked questions about flying from Atlanta (ATL)
What is the airport code for Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport?
The airport code for Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is ATL.
Does Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) have its own on-site hotel?
There are no hotels attached to the actual terminal, but four hotels are conveniently connected to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) via the ATL SkyTrain:
- AC Hotel Atlanta Airport Gateway: Amenities include a fitness center and room service. Rooms start at around $150 per night.
- Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway: Amenities include a fitness center, indoor pool, and room service. Rooms start at around $200 per night.
- Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway: Amenities include a fitness center and on-site restaurant. Rooms start at around $230 per night.
- SpringHill Suites Atlanta Airport Gateway: Amenities include a fitness center and free buffet, and hot breakfast. Rooms start at around $180 per night.
It’s about a two-minute SkyTrain trip from just outside the airport’s domestic baggage claim area to the Gateway Center stop, where all four hotels are located. The shortest walk from the Gateway Center is the Marriott. The furthest walk from the station is the AC Hotel.
What lounges are available at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)?
- Concourse A: Two Delta Sky Clubs (in center on second level and near A17)
- Concourse B: Delta Sky Club (near B18), Minute Suites (near B16)
- Concourse C: Delta Sky Club (near C37)
- Concourse D: Two Delta Sky Clubs (near D12 and D27)
- Concourse E: Delta Sky Club (across from E15)
- Concourse F: Delta Sky Club (mezzanine), The Club at ATL (mezzanine)
- Concourse T: American Airlines Admirals Club (across from T10), Delta Sky Club (near T6), United Club (near T11)
There is at least one Delta Sky Club in each concourse. They have bars with complimentary drinks, fresh food throughout the day, free WiFi, and satellite TVs. Some also have private showers. Sky Club access is free for Sky Club members, Delta’s and Air France’s first-class or business-class ticketholders, SkyMiles Reserve cardholders, and AmEx Platinum cardholders with a Delta boarding pass.
The American Airlines Admirals Club has some complimentary drinks, ready-to-eat snacks and made-to-order food, and free WiFi. Access to the lounge is free for Admirals Club members, American Airlines travelers flying first or business class, Citi/AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard cardholders with an AA boarding pass, ConciergeKey members with an AA boarding pass, and AirPass members with Admirals Club privileges. Day passes are also available for $59.
The United Club offers a self-service bar, light snack options, and free WiFi. Access is free for United Club members, travelers flying first or business class on United or its Star Alliance partners, United Club Infinite cardholders, and some elite-status United or Star Alliance frequent flyers. Day Passes are also available for $59.
There are also two lounges at the Atlanta Airport that are not operated by an airline. Minute Suites is open 24/7 and features private day-bed suites where travelers can sleep (or work) in comfort. Prices start at $48 for one hour. The Club at ATL offers an assortment of complimentary drinks and snacks with a $40 day pass.
Does Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) have facilities for those traveling with pets?
There are eight service animal relief areas at Hartsfield–Jackson—one in each concourse, including international arrivals.
- Concourse A: A10
- Concourse B: B33
- Concourse C: C19
- Concourse D: D-Centerpoint
- Concourse E: E14
- Concourse F: F7
- Concourse T: T7
- International Arrivals: Outside doors W1 and W2
There’s also Poochie Park, outside door LN2 of the Domestic Terminal North, a grassy fenced 1,000-square-foot space with scoopers available for cleaning up after Fido.
All service animals must be kept on a leash at all times, and non-service animals must be kenneled.
How many terminals are there in Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)?
Hartsfield–Jackson has two terminals (domestic and international), broken down into seven concourses (A, B, C, D, E, F, and T) that have a combined total of 192 gates (152 domestic, 40 international). International arrivals all come in through Concourse E and F, and international travelers must check in at the International Terminal rather than the Domestic Terminal.
The ATL SkyTrain connects the Domestic Terminal with a few nearby hotels and the convention center, as well as airport parking and rental car desks. There’s a pedestrian tunnel called the Transportation Mall that connects the Domestic Terminal to the domestic concourses, or you can ride the underground Plane Train. The latter connects both the domestic and International Terminals with the concourses.
If you need to travel between the domestic and International Terminals, your options are to take the Plane Train or ride a shuttle bus that stops outside each terminal.
Concourse A: A number of food and retail shops are here, including Cat Cora’s Kitchen, Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, Pinkberry, and Atlanta Bread & Bar. There are also two Delta Sky Clubs in concourse A.
Concourse B: There are several fast food options in concourse B, as well as sit-down spots like Blue Moon Brewhouse, Bobby’s Burger Palace, and Sweet Water Bar & Grill. There’s a Delta Sky Club here, and a Minute Suites.
Concourse C: Several food options dot concourse C, including Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bantam & Biddy, Longhorn Steakhouse, and Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint. There’s also a Delta Sky Club.
Concourse D: The main level has two Delta Sky Clubs and a wide range of dining and shopping options, including Grindhouse Burgers, Chicken & Beer, Phillip’s Seafood, and Mustard Seed BBQ. There are also two restaurants on D’s mezzanine level.
Concourse E: Food options here include Blue Moon Brewhouse and Sojourner’s Cafe, as well as some fast food. There’s also a Duty Free America and a Delta Sky Club.
Concourse F: There are a few shops on the main level of concourse F, including a CNN International shop and a Duty Free America. Both the Delta Sky Club and The Club at ATL are on the mezzanine level, along with food options like El Taco, The Pecan Bistro, Pei Wei, and Starbucks.
Concourse T: There’s a variety of food and retail outlets here, including Atlanta Steakhouse, TGI Fridays, and Papi’s Cafe, as well as an American Airlines Admirals Club, Delta Sky Club, and United Club.
Does ATL have CLEAR?
Yes, Atlanta’s airport has CLEAR, which is available in the Domestic Terminal from 5am-9pm, including for enrollment.
Does ATL have TSA PreCheck?
Yes, Hartsfield–Jackson has TSA PreCheck, which is available in the Domestic Terminal South security area from 5am-9pm and in the International Terminal from 5:30am-12am.
The PreCheck enrollment center is on concourse A between A19 and A21 and is open Monday-Friday from 8:30am-12:30pm and again from 1:30-4:30pm. Since it’s after security, this enrollment center is for ticketed passengers only.
Does ATL have Global Entry?
Yes, Atlanta’s airport has Global Entry for international arrivals. The enrollment center is in the international terminal and is open Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm.
How early should I arrive to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) before my flight?
The general recommendation for domestic travelers is to arrive two hours before your flight’s departure time. For international travelers, the recommendation is three hours. There are, however, a few things to consider about your own specific trip that may mean you don’t need to get to Hartsfield–Jackson quite that early.
How big is the airport? Where is your gate? The Atlanta airport is big, and getting from the security area to the gates that are further away from the terminal can take at least 40-45 minutes if you’re walking. The Plane Train also connects the concourses, running every two minutes, but if it’s a busy travel time, you may need to wait for a later less-busy train.
Have you checked in already? Many travelers check in before arriving at the airport these days, and that’s an especially good idea if you want to get to Hartsfield–Jackson a bit later. Most airlines have a cutoff time of around 30-60 minutes before departure, by which, if you’re not checked in, you don’t get to fly. If you’re not able to check in online for some reason, you’ll have to make sure you allow enough time to do that at the airport.
Are you planning to check a bag? Just as there’s often a cutoff time by which passengers must be checked in to a flight, there’s also a cutoff time by which bags for that flight must be checked. It’s usually around 45-60 minutes before departure.
Will the airport be busy? The average wait time at Hartsfield–Jackson’s security is in the 10-15 minute range, but with ongoing construction at the airport (set to last until early 2024), the wait may be quite a bit longer. Additionally, if you’re traveling during a typically busy time (say, a holiday, the peak summer season, or on Fridays or Sundays), more travelers can make wait times longer. You can keep an eye on real-time security wait times on ATL’s website here.
Considering all these factors, there may be times when getting to the Atlanta Airport three or even four hours ahead of time may be your best bet—though if you’re a non-peak traveler who’s carry-on only and checked in online, you may be able to get away with arriving at the airport 1.5-2 hours in advance.
How far is Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) from downtown Atlanta?
Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is about 10 miles from downtown Atlanta via the most direct route.
What are the different transportation options for going from the city center to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)?
There are a number of options to get from Atlanta to ATL.
By rideshare or taxi: The roughly 10-mile trip from Atlanta to the airport can take about a half-hour when traffic is light, so plan for extra time if you’re traveling during rush hour. Both Uber and Lyft operate at ATL, with fees in the $30-55 range. Taxis have flat rate fees from $30-40, depending on where you are in the city, to which small additional $2-3 fees (Iike fuel surcharges and airport usage) are added.
By public transportation: MARTA’s Red and Gold train lines link downtown Atlanta to the Airport Station in the Domestic Terminal, from which there’s a shuttle to the International Terminal. The train takes about 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta and costs $2.50 per ride.
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