Flights to Miami (MIA) overview
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Top tips for finding a cheap flight to Miami (MIA)
Aim for the Goldilocks Window
Despite what some say, we contend there is no specific day of the week when the prices on airline tickets are suddenly cheaper—we see great deals pop up all the time. But there are periods before a trip when ticket prices tend to be at their lowest, which is when we recommend you try to book your flights. With domestic trips, it’s 1-3 months before a flight. With international trips, it’s 2-8 months. We call this the Goldilocks Window.
If, however, your trip is going to be during the peak travel season or a busy holiday, or your travel dates aren’t flexible, we recommend adding a few months to that. Planning a summer vacation? You’ll want to book your flights the winter before. Flying home for Christmas? Book those tickets in July. And you should always try to buy your tickets before the airlines raise prices as the departure date nears. Fares typically go up 21, 14, and 7 days before a flight.
Consider other departure airport options
Most people, when planning a trip, look at the fares from the airport closest to where they live—that only makes sense. But sometimes you can actually save money on tickets if you book a flight from an airport that’s further away, even if it means booking a separate short flight or train ticket to get to that airport.
Let’s say you’re in the Washington DC area and you want to fly to Miami. If you only looked at flights from Reagan National, you’d think the lowest fare is something like $150 roundtrip. But if you look at other airports in the area, you’ll see that flights to Miami from Baltimore can be $80 or less roundtrip. Even when you add a longer drive to an airport that’s further away, you’re still saving money. What’s more, this trick can also work when the alternate airport is further away, so it’s a good idea to keep your options open.
Let airfare costs determine when you fly
When we choose vacation days first and only then look at the cost of flights, the sticker price can sometimes be a little shocking. Peak travel seasons are busy for a reason, and airlines price tickets accordingly. Instead, try to look at the cost of flights first and then choose your vacation time based on when flights are cheaper.
If your vacation days can’t be flexible, however, or you’re traveling during a peak tourist season or a holiday, there are still a couple of things you can do to help save a bit of money. Summer vacations tend to come with expensive airline tickets, but fares are usually a bit less during the first two weeks of June and the last two weeks of August.
Additionally, you can avoid flying on the days that are most expensive (Fridays and Sundays) and aim for the days when it’s cheaper (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays).
Sign up for fare alerts
Most travelers are too busy to spend hours every day searching for a better deal on airfare, but you can save yourself loads of time and stress by signing up for email fare alerts. With a few clicks, you can set alerts that will notify you when airfare drops into the price range you want to pay. Just remember that if your plans are flexible, you’ll have to set up an alert for each potential itinerary. Or you can join Going and let us monitor fares for you.
There are 51 airlines serving Miami International Airport, which is a hub for American. It’s also a focus city for Avianca, Frontier, LATAM, and Spirit. There are 84 airports around the US with direct service to Miami.
Fly into Fort Lauderdale instead
Miami International Airport (MIA) is the more convenient airport option for travelers to Miami, but more budget carriers use nearby Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) as their hub in the region. Fort Lauderdale’s airport is about 30 miles from Miami and some of the airlines you’ll find there are ones that have a more limited presence at Miami’s airport—including JetBlue, Southwest, and Allegiant Air.
Avoid the winter holidays and Spring Break
Miami is popular year-round, to a certain extent, but there are certain times of the year when its popularity soars along with the cost of airline tickets. The winter holiday season is one to avoid if you’re on a budget, as is Spring Break.
Don’t forget to check Southwest
There are so many airline options when you search for a flight anywhere that you might not notice a big one that’s always missing: Southwest. Southwest’s tickets don’t show up in any of the OTAs, so to check their fares you’ve got to go to the source. And since Southwest flies into both Miami and Fort Lauderdale, you’ll have plenty of options.
Frequently asked questions about flying to Miami (MIA)
What is the airport code for Miami International Airport?
The airport code for Miami International Airport is MIA.
When is high season in Miami?
Miami’s almost-constant sunny weather means it’s a popular destination for most of the year, but November-March is considered the high season—it’s when people from colder climates flood the city to escape the snow. Both flights and hotels are more expensive during peak season, and are booked well in advance. Note that the Orange Bowl also happens in Miami in December.
When is the best time to visit Miami?
If you get great deals on airfare and accommodation and you don’t mind bigger crowds, the November-March high season’s glorious weather makes it an excellent time to be in Miami. If you’d rather avoid most of the crowds and high prices, March-May is also a great option—just keep in mind that Miami Beach is a huge draw for Spring Break partiers, so plan accordingly.
Does Miami International Airport have its own on-site hotel?
Yes, there is one hotel at Miami International Airport proper. It’s the aptly named Miami International Airport Hotel, and it has soundproof rooms (helpful for all that jet engine noise) and a Margaritaville restaurant. Room rates start at $179 per night.
What lounges are available at Miami International Airport?
Concourse D There are two American Airlines Admirals Clubs (near D15 and D30) and one American Airlines Flagship Lounge (near D30). All three have selected snacks, a full-service bar, shower facilities, and free WiFi, and there’s also premium drinks and more food options at the Flagship Lounge.
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 get free entry to the Admirals Clubs and day Passes are also available for $59.
Flagship first and business passengers on specific routes, some AAdvantage and Mileage Plan members flying specific routes, some ConciergeKey members flying specific routes, and some oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members get free entry to the Flagship Lounge and day passes are available for $150.
There is also an American Express Centurion Lounge near D12. Along with selected food and drinks, it also offers some spa services. Centurion members, AmEx global Platinum cardholders, and Delta SkyMiles Reserve cardholders get free entry.
Concourse E There is a Turkish Airlines Lounge on level 2 of the Central Terminal. It has Turkish-inspired dishes in the buffet, a full bar, a childrens’ play area, shower facilities, and free WiFi. Priority Pass members get free entry, along with first class and business class passengers on Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Aer Lingus, Air Italy, LOT Airlines, TAP Portugal, and other Star Alliance airlines.
There is also a Military Hospitality Lounge on level 2. Access is free for active duty and retired members of the U.S. military and their families.
Concourse H There is a Delta Sky Club on level 2. It has a buffet, full-service bar, shower facilities, and free WiFi. 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 get free entry.
Concourse J There is a LATAM VIP Lounge near gate J3, which has a buffet, free drinks, comfortable lounge chairs, and free WiFi. Access is free for first class and business class passengers on any airline in the oneworld alliance.
What are the rules for traveling with pets to Miami International Airport?
The rules about bringing animals into Florida from another state vary a bit depending on the animal. With dogs, for example, you must show proof of a current rabies vaccination. For more details or information about requirements for other animals, check the Florida Department of Agricultural Services website. And remember that airlines have their own rules regarding flying with animals, so be sure to check with your airline, too.
Once you’re in the Miami airport, service animals must be kept on a leash at all times, and non-service animals must be kenneled. There are seven pet relief areas scattered throughout the airport.
How far is Miami International Airport to Miami?
Miami’s airport is 8-9 miles from downtown Miami by car on the most common routes.
What are the transportation options for getting from Miami International Airport to Miami?
By taxi or rideshare: Because Miami is less than 10 miles from its airport, the drive can take as little as 20 minutes. There are different flat rates for taxi service from the airport depending on where in the Miami area you’re going, ranging from $35-55. Sometimes the metered cost could be less, though, so take a look at the information on the Miami airport’s website first. The cost of a rideshare trip varies with traffic and demand, but ranges from $25-35 on average.
By public transportation: From the airport, you can take the Miami Mover (free) to get to the Miami Airport Station, and from there you can take the Orange Line into downtown Miami. The trip is about 30 minutes from airport to city, and a ticket for the Orange Line is $2.25.
How long is the flight to Miami?
Since Miami is way down in the southeast corner of the United States, flights to the city can vary a great deal depending on where you’re starting. From the Northeast, though, flights are around 2.5-3 hours, from the Midwest about 2.75-3.5 hours, from the Southwest about 4.5 hours, and from the West Coast about 5.5-6.75 hours.
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