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Top tips for finding a cheap flight to Charlotte (CLT)

Book in the Goldilocks Window

Over the years, we’ve come up with a few tips and tricks for finding cheap flights. One we immediately tell people is to book during the Goldilocks Window. That’s the period not too close to your flight and not too far away. For domestic travel, it’s about 1–3 months before a departure date, and for international travel it’s about 2–8 months out.

If you’re booking during a peak travel season, however, or for a wedding or other trip that requires specific dates, we recommend planning even further in advance. If, for example, you want to visit Charlotte in July, a busy time, you should start looking for flights in March. Last-minute deals are few and far between during busy travel seasons, with fare jumps happening 21, 14, and 7 days in advance of the flight, so it’s best to book before those points if at all possible.

Use the Greek Islands Trick

The Greek Islands Trick is, like it sounds like, a great tip for finding cheaper flights to the Greek islands; however, it can work all over the world. Basically, you look for the cheapest flight you can find that gets you close to your destination, then find a cheap regional flight or take another mode of transit for the last leg.

If flights to Charlotte are out of your price range, look for flights to Raleigh; Columbia, South Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; or even Atlanta. From there you can look for a second cheap flight or rent a car to get the rest of the way to Charlotte. Yes, it involves more work and time, but it could save you a few hundred bucks.

Search alternative departure airports

This is like the Greek Islands Trick but in reverse. Looking for flights outside of your home airport could also save you money. If you live in San Diego and flights to Charlotte are prohibitively expensive, check for flights out of LA. If they’re significantly cheaper, it could be worth the drive or train ride. You could even look farther away, like Denver. If you see an amazing deal from there, check for a cheap flight from San Diego to Denver. There are more logistics, but sometimes being creative with your itinerary can save you a bunch of money.

Fly when it’s cheaper

One of the easiest ways to save money on a trip is to fly when it’s cheaper; luckily for visitors to Charlotte, the cheaper seasons are actually the better times to visit. Summer is the busiest and most expensive time to visit, but March–May has the best weather. You’ll get warm, sunny days that aren’t too hot, flowers, and local festivals without the crowds of summer. September–November is another great time to visit, and it’s not as busy as the summer.

Off season is December–February and is the cheapest time to travel to Charlotte. You might have some rain and temperatures in the 40s and 50s, but if you plan to spend most of your time in museums and restaurants, you can save a lot of money by visiting in the winter.

Set alerts for specific trips

You don’t have to tell us twice that searching for airfare is hard work. The good news is that there are easy ways to put technology to work for you.

Set up fare alerts for your travel dates, making sure to set up multiple alerts if your dates and airports are flexible. Do this well in advance of your trip, before the Goldilocks Window we talked about above. Then all you have to do is wait for an email telling you prices have dropped.

CLT is one of the busiest airports in the world. There are about 1,400 arrivals and departures every day, as well as nonstop service to 179 destinations around the world. Most visitors from around the US can reach Charlotte on a nonstop flight, as can visitors from a few European, Mexican, and Central American cities. Most other visitors will be able to visit Charlotte with one stop or less.

Frequently asked questions about flying to Charlotte (CLT)

What is the airport code for Charlotte Douglas International Airport?

The airport code for Charlotte Douglas International Airport is CLT.

When is high season in Charlotte?

Like much of the US, June–August is the high season in Charlotte. This is likely because kids are out of school and families can take vacations during this time. Taste of Charlotte in June and Charlotte Pride in August bring visitors from around the state as well.

When is the best time to visit Charlotte?

While summer is the busiest season in Charlotte, it’s actually not the most ideal time to visit. Temperatures can reach up to 100°F, and it’s expensive and busy. The shoulder seasons, from March–May and September–November, are the best times to visit for great weather, fewer crowds, and fun events.

In March and April, Charlotte hosts Shout, a festival of arts, dancing, music, and food in the Uptown neighborhood. Tuck Fest, a celebration of outdoor activities, also takes place in April. If you’re looking for fall foliage, visit toward late October, when leaves in North Carolina start to turn. Be warned that hurricane season is from June–November, though Charlotte hasn’t had as many hurricanes as cities closer to the coast. Still, it could be rainy and windy, but this also means prices are generally cheaper.

Does CLT have its own on-site hotel?

There are no hotels attached to the actual terminal, but several hotels are conveniently located nearby and offer shuttle service.

  • Courtyard Marriott Charlotte Airport North: Amenities include ergonomic workspaces, private balconies, a heated indoor pool and fitness center, and on-site restaurants. Rooms start around $139 per night.
  • Hilton Charlotte Airport: Amenities include a fitness center, indoor pool, on-site restaurant, and business center. Rooms start at $160 per night.
  • Sheraton Charlotte Airport: Amenities include an on-site bar, indoor/outdoor pool, conference rooms, and a fitness center. Rooms start at $110 per night.

What lounges are available at CLT?

  • Main Terminal: Minute Suites
  • Concourse A: The Club CLT (near Gate A21)
  • Concourse B: American Airlines Admirals Club (near Gate B3)
  • Concourse C/D: American Airlines Admirals Club (intersection of Concourse C and D)
  • Concourse D/E: Centurion Lounge, Minute Suites

There are two American Airlines Admirals Club lounges at CLT. Both offer snacks, a full bar, premium food and beverages for purchase, TVs, and free wifi. 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 can access the lounge. Day passes are also available for $59.

The Centurion Lounge on the Mezzanine level at the intersection of Concourses D and E has a self-serve buffet, a full-service bar, WiFiphone rooms, a family room, and showers with toiletries. American Express Platinum, Business Platinum, and Corporate Platinum cardholders can use the lounge, as can those with a Delta SkyMiles Reserve card or Reserve Business card from American Express.

The Club CLT in Concourse A has snacks and beverages, QR-code ordering, workstations, TVs, wifi, and showers. It is available on Priority Pass, or passengers can purchase a $50 day pass.

There are two Minute Suites at CLT. Both have private rooms with daybeds, DirecTV and Netflix, wifi, a minibar with drinks and snacks for purchase, and showers. They can be booked for one hour for $45, then in additional 15-minute increments for $11.25 per hour.

What are the rules for traveling with pets to CLT?

The airport recommends checking with your airline for rules on traveling with pets. Within the airport, pets that are not service animals must remain in their carriers. If you’re visiting from outside the US, there are additional restrictions. Check USDA regulations, which include your pet having specific vaccinations and obtaining a health certificate before departure.

How far is Charlotte Douglas International Airport from Charlotte?

CLT is about seven miles from Downtown Charlotte, about a 15-minute drive in light traffic.

What are the transportation options for getting from CLT to Charlotte?

There are a number of options to get from CLT to Charlotte.

  • By rideshare or taxi: The roughly seven-mile trip from the airport to the city center takes about 15 minutes when traffic is light; plan for extra time if you’re traveling during rush hour. Both Uber and Lyft operate at CLT, with fees in the $24–$30 range. Taxis are around the same price.
  • By public transportation: The CATS Sprinter Route 5 runs from the airport to Charlotte’s city center. Buses operate every 20 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends and in the evenings.

How long is the flight to Charlotte?

The length of the flight to Charlotte depends on where you’re visiting from. From the Northeast, Chicago, and Miami, it’s about 2 hours. From Atlanta, it’s only about 1 hour. From much of Texas, it’s about 2.5 hours, and from Denver around 3. From the West Coast, flights range from 4–5 hours.

From some cities in Europe, flights are 9–10 hours, and from Mexico City and other cities in Mexico and Central America flights are 4–5 hours. From elsewhere in the world, you’ll have to make a connection and your flight time could range from 9–17 hours.

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