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Going searches for the best fares and sends members deals bookable 1-12 months in advance. Going members save approximately 36% compared to normal flight prices to Michigan.

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Going found the most deals with travel dates in September.


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Going found the least deals with travel dates in July.


Top tips for finding a cheap flight to Michigan

Book in the Goldilocks Window

If you want to plan a summer getaway to Michigan, you’re probably wondering the best time to book. There’s no magic formula for the exact right day, but we do have tips on when flights are generally cheapest. We call it the Goldilocks Window because it’s not too far out from your departure date, but it’s not too close either. For domestic trips it’s 1–3 months before your flight, while for international trips you have a bit longer, about 2–8 months.

That said, if you plan to travel during peak season, like July in Michigan, start planning even earlier. Think February for a July getaway. Whatever you do, don’t wait until the last minute to book. Last-minute deals are rare, and we’ve found airlines actually raise prices at the 21-, 14-, and 7-day points before a trip.

Use the Greek Islands Trick

Sometimes, especially during busy seasons, airfare just doesn’t get cheaper, even if you check fares every day. Before you give up on a Michigan beach vacation, try our Greek Islands Trick. Despite the name, it can work in the US. If you want to fly from Phoenix to Traverse City in July, prices could be $550 or more. Instead, look for flights to Detroit or Indianapolis. From there, you could rent a car or take a train or bus for the last leg.

The trick is to get as close to your final destination as possible for the cheapest price, then find a budget airline flight or other mode of transit to close the gap. It requires more work, but it could save you a few hundred bucks to put toward one of those adorable Traverse City inns.

Search alternative departure airports

Being creative with flights doesn’t only pay on the arrivals side. If you can be flexible with your departure airport, you can often save money. If you live in Portland, Maine, for example, and want to visit Michigan in the summer but flights are out of your price range, try searching for flights out of Boston or New York instead. Often, the difference in fares makes up for the drive. If you live even farther away, sometimes it’s even worth adding a longer domestic flight.

Fly when it’s cheaper

Summer is peak travel season in much of the world, Michigan included. Kids are out of school, families can take trips, and it’s when the state’s beautiful nature activities really shine. The cheapest time to visit Michigan is during the winter. You can save a lot of money on flights and hotels if you’re willing to brave the cold. If you love snowy activities and below-freezing days, this is great news for you. And if you’re visiting a city and plan to spend most of your time indoors anyway, it’s a good way to save.

We prefer shoulder seasons. These periods just before and after the high season typically have cheaper flight and hotel prices; plus, you get to see the destination without as many tourists––without completely sacrificing nice weather. May–early June and late October–early November are wonderful times to visit Michigan.

Set alerts for specific trips

We know firsthand that keeping track of airfare as it changes is hard work. Luckily, there are tools that can do the work for you. Set up fare alerts for your travel dates, and you’ll get an email when prices drop. All you have to do is book. It’s best to do this before the Goldilocks Window in order to see the deals that show up during those months. If you can be flexible with your dates and departure or arrival airports, set a few alerts. You could also join Going and let us do the searching for you.

Michigan is easy to reach from within the US. It has several airports offering nonstop flights from dozens of destinations around the country. Most visitors to Michigan coming from within the US can reach Michigan on a direct flight. Some visitors from Europe, Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean also have nonstop options. Others will have to make a layover, likely in Europe, New York, or Atlanta.

Frequently asked questions about flying to Michigan

When is the high season in Michigan?

High season in Michigan runs from June–October. It draws crowds for its thousands of lakes, fresh cherries, islands, sand dunes, and outdoor adventure in the summer, as well as gorgeous fall leaves in September and October. While some people visit for skiing and snowshoeing, Michigan is much quieter in the winter.

When is the best time to visit Michigan?

The best time to visit Michigan coincides with high season. Summer is the best time to see what makes this state so beautiful, especially if you’re visiting the Upper Peninsula. September–October is also a wonderful time to visit for fall colors and fresh apple cider and pie. If you’re a football fan, fall is also a fun time to visit Ann Arbor, where campus life is in full swing and game day Saturdays are a big deal.

The cheapest time to visit is the winter, especially January–February, when it can get bitterly cold. That said, if you’re visiting Detroit and plan to visit lots of museums, restaurants, and participate in other indoor activities, you can save a lot of money on flights and hotels by visiting in the winter.

We like traveling during shoulder seasons, just before and after high season, to get the best of both worlds. Late May–early June and late October are nice times to visit with fewer crowds, lower prices than summer, and still some beautiful sunny days (just pack a jacket).

How many airports are there in Michigan?

There are about a dozen airports in Michigan, but you’re most likely to fly into a few. The busiest airport is Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport (DTW), and that’s where any international visitors will enter the state (unless they’ve already made a stop in the US). If you’re visiting Ann Arbor, you’ll likely also fly into Detroit. If you’re visiting Grand Rapids, fly into Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR), and if you’re visiting Lansing you can fly into Capital Region International Airport (LAN).

Less common but possible options include Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) in Traverse City and MBS International Airport (MBS) in Freeland.

Which city in Michigan is the easiest to get to?

Detroit is the easiest city in Michigan to reach because it has the largest airport and the most direct flight options. However, if you’re coming from around the Midwest or some cities on the East Coast, Grand Rapids and Traverse City are equally easy to reach, with multiple nonstop flight options.

What are the rules for traveling with pets to Michigan?

If you’re traveling from within the US, you’ll have to follow your airline’s rules on traveling with pets. Most airlines require pets to remain in carriers, for example. If you’re visiting from outside the US, requirements vary based on the country you’re coming from. There are vaccination requirements, testing, and other specifications depending on the type of animal. The USDA lists regulations based on the type of animal and home country.

How long is the flight to Michigan?

From around the Midwest and Toronto, the flight to Michigan can range from 1–3 hours. From New York or Atlanta the flight is just under 2 hours, while from Miami it’s just under 3. From the West Coast, a flight to Michigan takes a little over 4 hours.

From Europe, you can reach Michigan in 8–10 hours, depending on your departure city. From Mexico and the Caribbean it’s 4–5 hours. You can fly nonstop from Istanbul or Beijing to Detroit in 14 hours. From the rest of the world you’ll have at least one layover, and your flight time could range from 10–24 hours.

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