Flights to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) overview
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Top tips for finding a cheap flight to Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
Book in the Goldilocks Window
You’ve probably wondered if there’s a perfect, magical day when flights are the cheapest. Unfortunately, there’s not, but there are time periods when flights are generally the least expensive. We call this period of time the Goldilocks Window because it’s not too far ahead of your departure date but not too close either.
For domestic flights, it’s best to book 1-3 months ahead of time. For international flights, book farther out, like 2-8 months. If you’re planning to travel during busy seasons, like summer or over winter holidays, start looking about six months ahead of time. July is the ideal time to book winter travel, especially for a busy winter destination like Fort Lauderdale, even if it seems far away. And vice versa, start scanning flights in December for your mid-summer holiday.
We know for sure that flights spike 21, 14, and 7 days before departure dates, so even if you’re booking a somewhat last-minute getaway, try to book before those dates.
Use the Greek Islands Trick
There are some destinations that are always in demand and never seem to get cheaper, no matter how often you stalk flights. Before you give up on your travel plans, try our Greek Islands Trick. The point is to get as close as you can to your final destination for the cheapest price, then drive or look for a budget airline flight, ferry, or train for the final leg.
It involves more logistics but can save hundreds of dollars. For Forth Lauderdale, this could mean flying into Miami instead and then driving a bit north to your final destination.
Search alternative departure airports
Sometimes a short drive or quick flight to another airport can save you hundreds versus trying to book one itinerary from your home airport, particularly if your home airport is small.
For example, if you live in Portland, Maine and are hoping to escape the snow on a winter getaway, but flights from Portland to Fort Lauderdale are out of your price range, try searching alternative departure airports. Try searching for flights out of Boston, for example. It’s a significantly larger airport and often has more deals to Florida. The two-hour drive could save you a couple of hundred dollars.
Fly when it’s cheaper
Summer is one of the busiest travel seasons around the world, and spring is prime beach season in Fort Lauderdale. If you’re planning to travel during peak travel time, you can expect to pay higher prices. That’s why we like traveling during shoulder seasons, the periods right before and after busy months. Not only will you save money, you’ll also enjoy fewer crowds. If you can travel during off seasons, you’ll save even more. If you need to fly during the summer, the first two weeks of June and the last two weeks of August can be a good bargain.
Flexibility doesn’t only apply to seasons. Try to be flexible with your dates and look for flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Those days are typically less expensive, while Fridays and Sundays are the most expensive days to fly.
Set alerts for specific trips
If you’ve ever checked flights diligently, only to forget for a day or two and then see prices spike, you know how frustrating finding cheap flights can be. Luckily, there are flight alerts that do the work for you.
You can set up fare alerts for your itinerary and receive an email when the fare drops to your target range. Voila! Never miss that fare drop again. We recommend setting these alerts up before the Goldilocks Window we mentioned before so that you’re sure to get the best deal.
Fort Lauderdale is the 17th busiest US airport for passenger traffic, serving 31.7 million passengers per year. There’s nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale from at least 50 airports across the US, as well as direct flights from Mexico, Canada, and across Central America. Your options for finding great deals are pretty good.
Frequently asked questions about flying to Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
What is the airport code for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport?
The airport code for Fort Lauderdale is FLL.
When is high season in Fort Lauderdale?
When much of the country is experiencing cold winter temperatures and snow, Fort Lauderdale enjoys sunny days with temperatures in the 60s–80s, making it a busy destination from around December to April. Spring break at schools around the country typically falls during this time, and during those weeks (usually throughout March and April), the airport is especially busy.
The airport is also used as a gateway to Miami (it’s about a 30-mile drive), so when Miami has big events, the airport in Fort Lauderdale gets busy, too. Art Basel, for example, is typically in December and draws thousands of visitors.
When is the best time to visit Fort Lauderdale?
Between March and May or September and October are excellent times to visit Fort Lauderdale. The weather is warm enough to enjoy the beach but not too hot. And in early fall, you’ll avoid the winter and spring crowds. If you want to hang mostly with locals and take advantage of low prices, summer is your best bet, though be warned Fort Lauderdale can get extremely hot and humid.
Does FLL have its own on-site hotel?
There are no hotels attached to the actual terminal, but there are numerous hotels nearby with shuttle service.
Tru by Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Airport: Amenities include a fitness center, free hot breakfast, and pet-friendly rooms. Rooms start at around $100 per night.
Wyndham Garden Fort Lauderdale Airport: Amenities include a fitness center, bar, buffet breakfast, and outdoor pool. Rooms start at around $99 per night.
Holiday Inn Express: Amenities include a fitness center, pool, and free breakfast. Rooms start at around $115 per night.
Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Airport: Amenities include a fitness center, barber, kids’ play area, and on-site restaurant. Rooms start at around $105 per night.
What lounges are available at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood-International Airport?
There are three lounges in FLL: a United Lounge, Delta Sky Club, and an Escape Lounge.
Terminal 1: United Club (near C1) Terminal 2: Delta Sky Club (near D2) Terminal 3: Escape Lounge–The Centurion Studio Partner (between gates E and F)
There are lounges in three of the four FLL terminals. The United Club lounge in Terminal 1 has a full-service bar, light snacks, printers, flight monitors, and free WiFi. It is open to United Club members and those flying United Polaris, United Business First, United First, United Business, or first or business class on a Star Alliance member airline. Those with Star Alliance Gold membership can also use the lounge. One-day passes are available for $59 in the United app for those traveling on a United flight.
The Delta SkyClub in Terminal 2 has dining areas, workstations with outlets, and lounge chairs with runway views. There is a full-service bar and a hot and cold buffet. Annual club memberships are available for Diamond, Platinum, Gold, and Silver Medallion members. Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express holders can also use the club. Customers flying Diamond, Platinum or Gold Medallion status can receive entry to the club without a membership.
In Terminal 3, the Escape Lounge, a Centurion Studio Partner lounge, has a full food and drink menu inspired by local Florida ingredients.There are also charging ports at every seat, print and copy services, children's activity packs and puzzles available, showers with premium bath products, and a VIP area and conference room. American Express Platinum card members and Centurion card members receive complimentary access for themselves and up to two guests. American Express Delta SkyMiles Reserve card members also receive access, as do TAV Passport Card members. Others can book online for $40 per person or pay $45 per person at the door, depending on availability.
What are the rules for traveling with pets to Fort Lauderdale Hollywood-International Airport?
When traveling through FLL, pets must be kept in carriers, with the exception of service animals. Each of the airport’s four terminals has an outdoor pet relief area near the parking garage with waste bags. There are indoor relief areas in Terminal 1 near Customs, in Terminal 2 at Concourse D, in Terminal 3 near Concourse F, and in Terminal 4 near Concourse G.
If you are traveling to Fort Lauderdale from another country, you must follow the rules set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Those rules vary depending on the type of animal you have. In general, though, pets are required to have certain vaccinations and other documentation. Note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a temporary suspension for dogs entering the US from high-risk countries for dog rabies, effective through July 31, 2024.
How far is FLL to Fort Lauderdale?
Fort Lauderdale Hollywood-International Airport is about seven miles from Fort Lauderdale and 28 miles from Miami. The drive to Fort Lauderdale takes 10-15 minutes, while the drive to downtown Miami can take anywhere from 40–80 minutes, depending on traffic. Many passengers flying into FLL are headed to Port Everglades, which is about a 15-minute drive, or to Miami Cruise Port, which can take 30-60 minutes to reach, depending on traffic.
What are the transportation options for getting from Fort Lauderdale to FLL?
There are a number of options to get from Fort Lauderdale to FLL.
By rideshare or taxi: The roughly 10-mile trip takes about 15 minutes and costs about $20. A taxi to Port Everglades costs about the same. To get to Miami or to the Miami port, an Uber or taxi will cost between $50 to $100, depending on demand.
By public transportation: The Broward County Transit Service operates Route 1 from downtown Fort Lauderdale to the rental car center at the airport. A one-way fare is $2. Red Coach operates a bus to Miami every four hours, starting at $12.
How long is the flight to Fort Lauderdale?
The flight to Fort Lauderdale depends on where in the US you’re flying from. From New York and Chicago, the flight time is about 3 hours, and it’s similar from other areas of the Northeast and Midwest and from Texas. From elsewhere in the South, like New Orleans or Charleston, flights range from 1.5-2 hours. From the West Coast and Pacific Northwest, flights are more like 5-6 hours.
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