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Top tips for finding a cheap flight out of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
Aim for the Goldilocks Window
Though we may scoff at the suggestion that there’s a day of the week when airline tickets are always cheaper, we are firm believers in the Goldilocks Window—the period of time during which you’re more likely to find cheaper tickets for an upcoming flight. With domestic flights, the window is 1-3 months before a trip. With international flights, the window is 2-8 months ahead. It’s not that these are the only times you’ll find great deals, but they are reliably when airfare prices are lowest (before they start climbing again). Sure, there are occasionally exceptional last-minute fares, but the more common scenario is that fares jump at the 21-day, 14-day, and 7-day points. Your best bet is to book before you hit those dates if possible.
Being flexible with your travel dates makes finding cheap fares in the Goldilocks Window easier, but if you’re locked into specific travel dates—or if you have no choice but to travel during the peak season—we recommend starting your airfare search even further in advance. If you’re hoping for a vacation over the December holiday season, for example, you’d better start checking out fares in July.
Try out the Greek Islands Trick
If all the fares from your home airport to your dream destination seem priced out of reach, don’t give up until you’ve tried out one of our favorite ways to save on airfare: the Greek Islands Trick. It’s so named because it works so beautifully for getting to the Greek Islands (or, really, any island) for less, but it can work just as well for destinations all over the world.
Let’s say you’ve been dreaming of a romantic getaway to Mykonos, but flights from DFW seem stuck in the $1,200-plus range. Instead, look at flying from Dallas/Fort Worth into London for less than $700 roundtrip. At that point, even when you add the $170 it takes to fly from London to Mykonos, you’re coming out ahead.
The Greek Islands Trick is all about finding the cheapest fare that gets you reasonably close to where you really want to be—in this example, that means DFW to Europe. The next step involves booking a separate trip to get you the rest of the way—a low-cost flight, a train, or even a ferry. Sure, it means a little more work on your part. And? It can sometimes mean huge savings.
Consider another departure airport (even if it’s not close by)
When your home airport is a heavy hitter like DFW, it might never occur to you to consider departing from any other airport—particularly if it’s not even nearby. But we’ve all had that experience of casually browsing airfare deals and seeing one that literally makes you gasp—$63 roundtrip from Atlanta to Chile, for instance, or $202 roundtrip from LA to Japan. We see killer fares like this pop up all the time, sometimes from unexpected airports.
But even if those eye-popping fares aren’t coming from Dallas/Fort Worth, that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of them. If you book that $63 fare to Chile from Atlanta and then add a roundtrip flight from DFW to ATL (which you can sometimes find for under $100), you’ll still save so much money on airfare that you can invite the whole family.
Travel during the cheaper seasons
Some travel seasons are busier than others, as we know. Summer means no school, so it’s much easier for families to travel. It also tends to mean the kind of vacation weather people dream about, which makes it popular with travelers who aren’t thinking about school schedules, too. And all that travel demand leads directly to airlines raising airfare.
If you can be more flexible with your travel plans, you can save quite a bit of cash by traveling during a destination’s shoulder seasons. These tend to be spring and fall, and they bookend the peak and low seasons. Airfare is cheaper than in the high season, and temperatures are usually nicer than in the low season. And, if weather isn’t a factor in your holiday decision-making, you can save even more money if you visit during the low season.
If you can’t be flexible and you have to travel during peak season, try to schedule trips on the cheaper days of the week to fly (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays) and avoid the most expensive days (Fridays and Sundays).
Sign up for fare alerts
Most travelers don’t have the time or inclination to spend hours every day checking on the cost of airline tickets, even if they know it could help them save money on a flight. Luckily, there are tools that can do that work for you—fare alerts.
Sign up for a fare alert for your itinerary several months before your trip, and you’ll be notified by email when the fare for that route dips into the price range you want. It’s a “set it and forget it” situation that gives you the confidence that you’re getting a good deal when you finally hit that “buy” button. Remember that if your travel plans are flexible, you need to set up a separate fare alert for each itinerary option.
DFW is the biggest hub for American Airlines, and it’s a focus city for Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and Sun Country Airlines. With 28 airlines with nonstop service to 193 domestic and 67 international destinations, chances are you can get anywhere you want to go with one connection.
Frequently asked questions about flying from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
What is the airport code for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport?
The airport code for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is DFW.
Does Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) have its own on-site hotel?
The Grand Hyatt DFW is inside the airport’s International Terminal D and can be reached from any of the other terminals using the SkyLink train or the airport shuttle bus. It features a rooftop gym with a saltwater pool and steam rooms. Room rates start around $300 per night.
The Hyatt Regency is next to Terminal C inside the airport, and there’s a free shuttle connecting to every terminal. The hotel has a gym, an outdoor pool, and five dining options. Room rates start around $195 per night.
The Hyatt Place is inside the airport’s Southgate Plaza, which is close to where all the rental car desks and lots are located. There is a fitness center as well as an indoor pool and outdoor sun deck. Room rates start at around $150 per night.
What lounges are available at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)?
American Airlines Admirals Club: There’s an American Airlines lounge in every terminal at DFW. The hours vary slightly, as do the amenities, though all feature complimentary food, some drinks, and WiFi. Access 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 available for $59.
- Terminal A, near A24: open 5am-10:15pm, offers free food/drinks, free WiFi, full-service bar, kids room
- Terminal B, near B3: open 5:30am-10:15pm, offers free food/drinks, free WiFi, full-service bar
- Terminal C, near C20: open 4am-10:15pm, offers free food/drinks, free WiFi, full-service bar, kids room
- Terminal D, near D24: open 5am-10:15pm, offers free food/drinks, free WiFi, full-service bar, kids room
- Terminal E, mezzanine: open 5:30am-10:15pm, offers free food/drinks, free WiFi, full-service bar
American Express Centurion Lounge Terminal D, near D18 on the mezzanine; open 5:30am-10pm; free WiFi, food, and some beverages. Access is free for Centurion members, AmEx global Platinum cardholders, and Delta SkyMiles Reserve cardholders.
Capital One Lounge: Terminal D, near D22; open 6am-9pm; complimentary snacks, beverages, WiFi; free for Venture X cardholders, day passes for $65
Delta Sky Club: Terminal E, near E10; open 4:15am-7:45pm; free food, WiFi, and beverages. 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.
Minute Suites: Travelers can book a private day-bed suite at either location to sleep or get some work done. The Terminal D location also features shower facilities. Rates start at $48 for one hour.
- Terminal A, near A38; open 24/7
- Terminal D, near D23; open 24/7
Plaza Premium Lounge DFW: Terminal E, near E31; open 6am-8pm; free WiFi and TV; food and drinks available for purchase. Lounge passes start at around $45 for three hours.
The Club DFW: Terminal D, near D27; open 4am-10:30pm; free snacks, drinks, WiFi, shower facility. Passes cost $50.
United Club: Terminal E, near E6; open 4:15am-7:15pm; free snacks and WiFi, full-service bar. 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.
Does Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) have facilities for those traveling with pets?
Service animals and non-service animals at DFW must be kept on a leash at all times, and non-service animals must also have an appropriate kennel for flights. There are four pet relief areas inside security and four more outside security doors on the lower level:
- Terminal A: A29 inside security, A8 outside
- Terminal B: B28 inside security
- Terminal C: C2 and C39 outside security
- Terminal D: D18 inside security, D15 and D29 outside
- Terminal E: E31 inside security, E2 and E38 outside
There’s also a “pet resort” located near the airport where you can board your pet overnight: Wag Hotels. They also have doggie daycare and grooming options. It’s on N. Airfield Drive, a few minutes from DFW.
How many terminals are there in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)?
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has five terminals, lettered A-E, with a combined total of 168 gates. Terminal D is DFW’s principal international terminal, and there’s an American Airlines Admirals Club in each terminal.
Terminal A: Food options in Terminal A include fast food as well as sit-down restaurants like The Salt Lick BBQ, Whisk & Bowl, Pappasito’s Cantina, and Lorena Garcia Tapas y Cocina. There’s a Minute Suites lounge, a LEGO store, and local souvenir shops.
Terminal B: Dining options include Cousin’s Bar-B-Q, Cousin’s Back Porch, Cantina Laredo, Hickory by Kent Rathbun, Smashburger, Plum Market, and lots of fast food. Terminal B has a number of local souvenir shops, too.
Terminal C: There’s a Univision shop in Terminal C, as well as Sugarphoria and local souvenir shops. Restaurant options include Chili’s, Boar’s Head Deli, TGI Friday’s, Banh Shop, Pappasito’s Cantina, Maggiano’s, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit.
Terminal D: The lounges in Terminal D, besides the American lounge, are American Express Centurion Lounge, Capital One Lounge, Minute Suites, and The Club DFW. There’s a Banh Shop, Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, Bar Louie, Hickory, Cantina Laredo, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, TX/MX, and many fast food options. This is also where you’ll find DFW’s Duty Free shops.
Terminal E: In addition to Terminal E’s American lounge, this is also where you’ll find DFW’s Delta SkyClub, Plaza Premium Lounge, and United Club. Food options in the main part of the terminal include 2.0 Taco & Tequila Bar, TGI Friday’s, Love Shack, Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse, IHOP, and various fast food outlets. If you’re out in the Terminal E Satellite building, there’s a Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Boar’s Head Deli, Freshens Yogurt & Smoothies, Starbucks, and Whataburger.
Does DFW have CLEAR?
CLEAR is available at Dallas/Fort Worth in Terminal E at E18. The enrollment center is at the E16 security checkpoint.
Does DFW have TSA PreCheck?
TSA PreCheck is available at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport in Terminals A, C, D, and E. The enrollment center is outside security in Terminal D, near the D30 security checkpoint, and it’s open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
Does DFW have Global Entry?
Dallas/Fort Worth has Global Entry kiosks for international arrivals coming into Terminal D.
How early should I arrive to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) before my flight?
As a general rule, travelers flying domestically are told to arrive at the airport two hours before departure, and those flying internationally are told to arrive three hours early. The DFW site, however, suggests arriving “at least two hours early for a domestic or international flight.” Even with that general advice, there are a few things about your specific itinerary that may factor into how early you get to the airport for your trip.
How big is the airport, and where is your gate? The Dallas/Fort Worth Airport is a big one, with five terminals. But, unlike many airports where you check in and go through security in one building and then take an airport train to another building where your gate is, each of DFW’s terminals is where you check in for flights departing from only that terminal. You can easily travel between terminals on foot or via the airport’s Terminal Link Shuttle if you want to, but you don’t need to. It may take you 10 minutes to walk to your gate, though, if it’s at one end or the other of the big C-shaped terminals.
Do you need to check in or check bags at the airport? There are cutoff times for checking in (usually 30-60 minutes before departure) and for checking bags (usually 45-60 minutes before departure) that are set by the airline. If you try to check in or check a bag after the cutoff time, you (or your luggage) won’t be able to get on the flight. So, if you need to check a bag or you’re unable to check in online for some reason, give yourself extra time to take care of business at the counter.
How busy will the airport be? DFW’s website and app helpfully post real-time waits at the various security checkpoints in each terminal, so you can gauge how long you’ll need to give yourself to get through security. In general, however, if your trip is near a holiday, during peak summer travel season, or on a Friday or Sunday—expect longer waits at security.
Dallas/Fort Worth’s layout means that getting from the curb to your gate may be a little more straightforward than at some other airports. And, if you’ve checked in early, have no luggage to check in, and you’re traveling during the low season, getting to DFW about an hour ahead may be enough time. It’s safer, though, to go with DFW’s advice and shoot for two hours ahead at least. Plan to arrive much earlier than that if you need to check in, check a bag, or it’s a busy travel day.
How far is Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) from downtown Dallas and downtown Fort Worth?
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is about 20-25 miles from downtown Dallas and about 25 miles from downtown Fort Worth via the most direct routes.
What are the different transportation options for going from the city center to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)?
There are several options for traveling from Dallas or Fort Worth to DFW.
By taxi or rideshare: The trip from either Dallas or Fort Worth to the airport can take 20-30 minutes when traffic is light. A trip through one of the rideshare apps can cost $43-82 (from Dallas) and $48-97 (from Fort Worth), depending on traffic and demand. There’s also a taxi flat rate for trips to the airport, depending on where you’re coming from. It’s $55 from Dallas’ Central Business District to the airport, for instance.
By public transportation: Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) trains connect DFW to Dallas with the Orange Line. Tickets cost $2-6 (depending on the time of day), and the trip takes just under one hour from downtown Dallas. The schedule varies by day and station, but the earliest trains arrive at DFW at 3:50am and the latest trains leave the airport at 1:27am. TEXRail connects DFW with Fort Worth. Tickets cost $2.50 per ride or $5 for a day pass, and the trains run between 4:40am-2:10am daily. That train trip takes about 50 minutes.
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