Where can I fly from Charlotte (CLT)?
Over the last 2 years, we've sent Going members from Charlotte (CLT) to 176 destinations. These are the cheapest flights we've found to each of those destinations.
Flights from Charlotte (CLT) overview
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Going found the least deals with travel dates in June.
Top tips for finding a cheap flight out of Charlotte (CLT)
Book in the Goldilocks Window
We recommend booking 1-3 months before a domestic trip, not at the last minute. While it seems like airlines would decrease fares to sell seats and flight dates get closer, we’ve found that’s not the case. In fact, they typically get more expensive. For an international trip, we recommend booking even further in advance: 2-8 months out from your travel dates.
We call this prime booking window the Goldilocks Window. Not too far in advance, not too close, but just the right time to find the best deals.
There’s one caveat, though. Peak travel dates, like December holidays, Labor Day weekend or other popular travel dates, tend to get expensive even faster. If you’re hoping to travel on peak dates, start looking long before you plan to travel.
Use the Greek Islands Trick
Say you want to go to Puglia in June, but flights are $1,200 round trip. Look for flights to Milan, London, Paris, Croatia, or anywhere nearby, where you could find flights for as cheap as $500 roundtrip. From there, you can book an inexpensive flight with RyanAir or EasyJet, or take a train or ferry. We call it the Greek Islands Trickbecause it’s useful for trying to fly to the Greek Islands in high season, but it also works for many other destinations.
Charlotte is a major hub for American Airlines, which has flights to dozens of cities around the world, so this trick should help get you close to your desired destination. It requires a bit more planning and an extra flight or transit mode, but the savings can be massive.
Search nearby—and not so nearby—airports
Charlotte is the busiest airport in North Carolina and has lots of great flight deals, but deals pop up in Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, too. If you have time to drive to one of those cities, it could save you hundreds of dollars. And sometimes, you might want to look even farther away.
If you live in Charlotte, why on earth would you look at flights out of LA, Chicago, or NYC? Well, Sometimes other, bigger cities have amazing deals that are worth the connecting flight. Like, ‘you’ve got to be kidding me,’ kind of deals. We’re talking $63 from Atlanta to Chile roundtrip, or $202 from Los Angeles to Japan. For that price, even if you add a $200 flight from Charlotte to Atlanta or LA, you still come out ahead.
Fly when it’s cheaper
Summer is a peak season for travel, as kids are out of school and more places people want to visit have nice weather. In Charlotte, June and July are especially busy. But, with high demand comes high prices. It’s econ 101.
The time between the peak and low travel times, called shoulder season, is often the best time to save money on flights. January is a particularly inexpensive month to fly out of Charlotte and a great time to visit places like Rome, which aren’t freezing and are devoid of tourists.
Not everyone can fly during off-season. If you’re limited on when you can travel, try to avoid weekends. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday are the cheapest days to fly.
Set alerts for specific trips
Setting a fare alert helps you stay on top of fares without having to search every day. Once you set up an alert for your destination and dates, you’ll get emails when the price on your itinerary drops. Set these alerts months before you plan to travel to score the best deals.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport is the second largest hub for American Airlines and hosts numerous international airlines. There are nonstop flights from CLT to nearly 100 cities, so you can reach most major destinations around the world with one connection.
Frequently asked questions about flying from Charlotte (CLT)
What is the airport code for Charlotte Douglas International Airport?
The airport code for Charlotte Douglas International Airport is CLT.
Does Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) have its own on-site hotel?
Charlotte Douglas International Airport does not have an on-site hotel. However, there are numerous hotels within two miles, most with shuttle service to and from the airport.
What lounges are available at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)?
Main Terminal: The Main Terminal of the Charlotte Douglas airport has a Minute Suites and USO Lounge. Minute Suites can be rented for up to four people and include a daybed with a trundle bed, a shower, mini bar with snacks and drinks for purchase, WiFi, and television with Netflix. The first hour is $48, with 15-minute increases of $12 for the first two hours and $9.50 after two hours.
Concourse A: Concourse A is home to the Club CLT lounge, which has a menu available through QR code ordering, snacks and drinks, a family zone for children to play, nap chairs, and privacy pods. Lounge access is $45 per person or free with Priority Pass.
Concourse B and C: Concourses B and C of Charlotte’s main terminal both have an American Airlines Admirals Club lounge. The clubs have a full-service bar, buffet, and WIFi. American Airlines is reportedly working with the Charlotte Douglas airport to build a bigger, more modern lounge.
Concourses D and E: Concourse D/E has another Minute Suites. At this one, guests can pay $20 to only use the shower facilities. This concourse area also hosts the American Express Centurion Lounge, available for Delta SkyMiles Platinum and Reserve card members. It has shower suites, a buffet and menu options, a full bar, a family room, and workstations.
Does Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) have facilities for those traveling with pets?
Service animals must be leashed at all times. Non-service animals must be in a kennel. There are five pet relief areas throughout the airport, both outside and inside security.
Pet relief areas:
- Concourse A Connector (inside security)
- Restroom corridor between Concourses D and E (inside security)
- Near Gate E36 (inside security)
- Baggage Claim between Zone D and Zone E (before security)
How many terminals are there in Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)?
Charlotte Douglas International Airport has one terminal with five concourses.
The Main Terminal is the only terminal at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). Concourse A is home to Air Canada, Contour, Delta, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country, Swift Air, United Airlines, Viva Aerobus, and Volaris. Concourse B, C, D, and E all host American Airlines. Lufthansa flights also depart from Concourse D.
Does CLT have CLEAR?
CLEAR is not currently available at CLT.
Does CLT have TSA PreCheck?
TSA PreCheck is available at CLT at checkpoints B, C, and D.
Does CLT have Global Entry?
Global Entry is available for international arrivals at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
How early should I arrive to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) before my flight?
Most airlines recommend you arrive at the airport two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight. But whether you really need to be there that early depends on a number of factors.
How big is the airport, and where is your gate? Charlotte Douglas is one of the busiest airports in the US but is not very big. You can walk to the farthest gates from security in about 15 minutes.
Are you checked in? Every airline has a check-in cutoff, typically 30-60 minutes before departing. If you can’t check in online, you’ll need to arrive at the airport before this cutoff time.
Are you checking luggage? Similarly, every airline has a cutoff time, after which they will not accept checked luggage. Typically this is 45-60 minutes before the flight.
How busy is the airport? On an average day, the security wait at Charlotte Douglas is about 14 minutes. But if you’re traveling around a holiday, during summer, or on busier days like Friday and Sunday, it can be much longer. At these times, it’s better to err on the side of arriving early.
At the bare minimum, it’s wise to arrive at Charlotte Douglas at least one hour before your flight, but 1.5-2 hours is a safer bet on most days.
How far is Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) from downtown Charlotte?
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is about six miles from downtown Charlotte.
What are the different transportation options for going from the city center to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)?
There are several options for traveling from Charlotte to CLT.
By taxi or ride share: Downtown Charlotte is about seven miles from the airport, and you can get there by car in about 15 minutes with no traffic, though we suggest allowing at least 30 minutes during rush hour. Costs range from about $13-$17, depending on demand.
By public transportation: The Charlotte Sprinter bus runs from the airport to the city center and vice versa for $2.30 per person. It typically runs every 20 minutes from the airport on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends.
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Near Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
- Greenville Spartanburg International Airport (GSP)76 miles away
- Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO)83 miles away
- Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)88 miles away
- Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)92 miles away
- Fayetteville Regional Airport - Grannis Field (FAY)118 miles away
- Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU)130 miles away
* Prices are per person and include all taxes & fees in USD. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing, however, prices are not guaranteed, as airline pricing can change by the minute. Average Going fares are based on average prices of deals found by Going.
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