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Going searches for the best fares and sends members deals bookable 1-12 months in advance. Going members save approximately 34% compared to normal flight prices to Minnesota.

Cheapest Going deal

$78

Average price roundtrip

$292.07

Average Going deal price roundtrip

$192.74

Best month to fly

Going found the most deals with travel dates in May.

May

Worst month to fly

Going found the least deals with travel dates in June.

June

Top tips for finding a cheap flight to Minnesota

Book in the Goldilocks Window

While we maintain that there’s no set day of the week when airline tickets drop, there is a time period when you should book your tickets to find the best deal. It’s not too far before your departure date—but also not too close—which is why we call it the Goldilocks Window. For domestic flights, that means booking 1–3 months before a trip. For international trips, the sweet spot is a little longer, about 2–8 months ahead of a trip.

If you plan to travel during peak season, like summer in Minnesota, we recommend planning on the earlier edges of those windows. For a July vacation, you’d be wise to start planning in March if you’re visiting from within the US, for example. While it’s tempting to hold out, trust us when we say waiting for last-minute deals rarely works out, especially during busy seasons. We regularly see fare jumps happen 21, 14, and 7 days before departure dates.

Use the Greek Islands Trick

Sometimes, especially during high seasons, flight prices just don’t budge. Before you give up on visiting Minneapolis for the renowned state fair or another summer activity, try our Greek Islands Trick.

If you really want to fly from Charleston to Minneapolis in July, prices could be around $550. Instead, look for flights to Lacrosse, Wisconsin, or even Winnipeg, Canada. Or, look farther away like Chicago or Madison. From those cities, you can rent a car, take a bus, or look for a cheap regional flight. The point of the trick is to get close to your final destination for the cheapest price possible, then find a budget airline flight or other transit option for the last leg. This type of travel planning takes more time, but it could save a couple hundred bucks.

Search alternative departure airports

You can also save money by searching for flights from airports that aren’t your home airport. Let’s use Charleston as an example again. If flights are out of your price range, search instead for flights out of Atlanta, Charlotte, or Jacksonville. If you find a great deal, it can sometimes make the road trip and parking worth it. Sometimes, a little extra time and effort can go a long way in saving money on your dream summer vacation.

Fly when it’s cheaper

Summer is the peak travel season in many parts of the world for good reason––kids are on summer break, and warm weather makes for happy vacationers. This is especially true in Minnesota, which only has warm weather for a few months a year, when people flock there to enjoy it on the state’s sparkling lakes and in the gorgeous parks. Unfortunately, more people wanting to visit somewhere in a short period of time means airlines can charge more for flights.

The more flexible you can be with your travel dates, the more likely you are to save on flights. Shoulder seasons are great times to travel—just before and after a destination’s high season. Think May or October in Minnesota. You’ll still get nice (just not hot) weather and have fewer crowds and lower prices. If you are planning to travel during peak season, be sure to look at fares on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, which are typically the cheapest days to fly. Avoid Fridays and Sundays, when people take weekend trips or fly for business, if you can.

Set alerts for specific trips

One of the easiest ways to save money on flights is to let technology tools take over the work for you. Set up fare alerts for your travel dates––making sure to set a few if your dates are flexible––and you’ll get an email when prices drop. It’s best to do this ahead of the Goldilocks Window so you can see the deals that show up during those months.

Minnesota is well-connected to the rest of the US, with nonstop options from more than 150 cities in 17 countries. Most visitors around the US can reach Minnesota on a nonstop flight. Visitors from Canada, Mexico, and parts of Europe can also usually find a direct flight, while others will have to make one stop.

Frequently asked questions about flying to Minnesota

When is the high season in Minnesota?

Minnesota’s high season runs from June–August, when people visit for warmer weather and time outdoors, especially on the lakes.

When is the best time to visit Minnesota?

Most people visit Minnesota in the summer, and that’s also the best time to take advantage of the state’s numerous parks, thousands of lakes, and other outdoor activities. From June–August temperatures are in the 70s-80s, with lots of sunny days.

Fall is another beautiful time to visit for vibrant fall colors in the many state parks. We like visiting in May or October, when prices are cheaper than during high season but the weather is still nice.

If you don’t mind very cold weather, visit for the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, usually held in January or February. Winter is also the cheapest time to travel to Minnesota.

How many airports are there in Minnesota?

There are seven regional airports in Minnesota, but most visitors will fly into Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP). If you’re visiting northern Minnesota, you might fly into Duluth International Airport (DLH). Rochester International Airport (RST) is another somewhat popular regional option in the southeast of the state.

Which city in Minnesota is the easiest to get to?

Minneapolis and Saint Paul, the Twin Cities that share an airport, are the easiest to reach in Minnesota. They are served by the state’s largest airport, with nonstop flights from more than 150 airports in more than 15 countries.

What are the rules for traveling with pets to Minnesota?

If you’re traveling to Minnesota from within the US, you’ll have to follow your airline’s rules on traveling with pets. Minnesota requires all dogs, cats, and ferrets three months and older to be vaccinated for rabies, among other state requirements. 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 Minnesota?

Minnesota is centrally located in the US. From most of the East Coast, the flight time is 3–4 hours. From Atlanta it’s 2.5 hours, and from Denver it’s 2 hours. From the West Coast, it’s 3–4 hours. If you’re visiting from around the Midwest, your flight could be anywhere from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours.

From Europe, you can reach Minnesota in 8–10 hours, and from Mexico and Central America it’s 4.5–6 hours. You can reach Minnesota from Japan or South Korea in about 12 hours on a nonstop flight. If you’re visiting from the rest of the world, you’ll have to make a connection, and your flight time could range from 9–20 hours.

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