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Going searches for the best fares and sends members deals bookable 1-12 months in advance. Going members save approximately 35% compared to normal flight prices to Ohio.

Cheapest Going deal

$58

Average price roundtrip

$303.61

Average Going deal price roundtrip

$196.20

Best month to fly

Going found the most deals with travel dates in September.

September

Worst month to fly

Going found the least deals with travel dates in June.

June

Top tips for finding a cheap flight to Ohio

Book your tickets in the Goldilocks Window

After years of paying close attention to airfare trends, we’ve found that there’s a period of time before a flight when great deals on tickets are most likely to happen. It’s 1-3 months ahead of departure for a domestic trip and 2-8 months before an international one. We call this sweet spot the Goldilocks Window—it’s not too early, and it’s not too late.

As with every “general rule,” though, there are some caveats to the Goldilocks Window. If you’re planning a trip during peak season or over a holiday, you should add a few months to the numbers quoted above. The same is true when you have little to no flexibility on your travel dates. And, while there are very occasional last-minute deals on flights, they’re not common. In fact, airlines almost always raise prices 21, 14, and 7 days before departure, so you should book before those dates if at all possible.

Try our favorite Greek Islands Trick

We all love a good travel hack, and we think our Greek Islands Trick is an especially good one. Rather than biting the bullet on a ticket that’s more than you hoped to pay, the Greek Islands Trick is all about finding the best deal on a flight that gets you pretty close to (but not exactly) where you want to be. Then, you’d close the remaining gap with another transit method, which could be a train or boat, another flight, or even a road trip. Don’t be fooled by the name, either—the Greek Islands Trick works for places all over the world.

If you’re not having much luck finding a deal on a flight into Cincinnati, you might want to check on flights to Indianapolis or Louisville. From either one, it’s less than two hours by car to Cincinnati. For alternatives to Cleveland, you might peek at flights into Pittsburgh, about two hours’ drive away. Before you book your flights, it’s always a good idea to take another look at your options—because even if this kind of itinerary requires more logistical planning on your part, the savings can sometimes be substantial.

Consider flying out of different airports

This travel hack works like the Greek Islands Trick in reverse. The idea here is that while you can certainly book an itinerary from your home airport to your destination, that doesn’t mean you’ll get the best deal. We see surprisingly low fares on flights departing from both big and small airports all over the US, and some of them are so cheap you’d still be saving money even if you had to book a second roundtrip flight.

Travelers in San Diego could book a trip to Cleveland for around $350-400 for an itinerary that includes a layover, or they could drive the roughly 2.5 hours to LAX and get a nonstop flight to Cleveland for under $200. Even people who don’t live near multiple big airports should get in the habit of looking around for low fares to their chosen destination, just in case there’s a cheap fare that’s too good to pass up.

Fly when tickets are usually cheaper

This may sound like an obvious point, but it’s a little more nuanced than it may seem. You may know that airfare is usually more expensive during the peak tourist season and that planning a trip in the shoulder seasons (or even low season) is a big money saver. But not everyone has that kind of flexibility with scheduling vacations.

If you can only travel during the busy summer season, for instance, you may still be able to save a little bit on airfare if you try to book during the first two weeks of June or the last two weeks in August. Flexibility with regard to days of the week can also yield savings, too. The most expensive days to fly are usually Fridays and Sundays, with the cheapest usually being Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Try to avoid the former and aim for the latter when scheduling your travel days.

Sign up for airfare alerts

We track the frequent changes in airfare all the time, but it’s not exactly a fun hobby most travelers want to do. Luckily, there are a couple of ways to automate the search. You can sign up for fare alerts for the trips you’re considering, and then you’ll get emails when the price drops. If you’re looking at a few different trips or dates, though, keep in mind you’ll need to set up multiple fare alerts. You can also simply join Going and let us put all of our resources to work for you.

The three biggest airports serving Ohio, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), and John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH), all have direct service from dozens of airports around the United States. Cincinnati has the most inbound direct domestic flights at 49, but Columbus and Cleveland are close behind with 45 and 39, respectively. Cleveland is an operating base for Frontier Airlines and United Airlines, and Cincinnati is a focus city for Delta Air Lines as well as an operating base for Allegiant, Endeavor, and Frontier.

Frequently asked questions about flying to Ohio

When is high season in Ohio?

The high season in Ohio is the summer, roughly June-August. The weather is generally warm, but summer also means high humidity and periodic rainfall in some parts of the state. In Cleveland, for example, it rains more in the summer than almost any other time of year.

Columbus is home to one of the country’s largest state fairs, the Ohio State Fair, which takes place over almost two weeks each summer. There are also popular summer music festivals in Cincinnati and Ansonia.

When is the best time to visit Ohio?

While the summer months can be a great option for visiting Ohio, the state’s shoulder season weather (not to mention some of the state’s biggest events) make spring and fall some of the best times to travel to The Buckeye State for somewhat smaller crowds and lower prices.

The spring months of April and May are typically warm enough to enjoy being outdoors before the summer rainy season starts. A couple of Ohio’s most popular food events take place at the end of May, too: A World A’Fair in Dayton celebrates culinary treats from dozens of different countries, and Taste of Cincinnati is the country’s oldest free food festival.

The fall months of September and October in particular, are also great options for food festivals, including the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville, Pumpkin Show in Circleville, and Pretzel Festival in Germantown. It’s usually still warm in early fall, though you should be prepared for occasional rainstorms.

How many airports are there in Ohio?

There are six main commercial airports in Ohio, the largest of which is Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE). John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) in the state capital is a close second in terms of passengers served per year.

The airport that would come in an even closer second behind Cleveland is the one serving Cincinnati, but Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) isn’t in Ohio—it’s in neighboring Kentucky.

We routinely find airfare deals to each of these three airports, so any one of them is a good candidate for planning a trip to Ohio. And, depending on where you want to be in Ohio, you may also want to check fares into Dayton (DAY) or Akron (CAK), too.

Which city in Ohio is the easiest to get to?

Since there are three fairly major airports serving Ohio’s three biggest cities, it’s pretty easy to get to Cleveland, Columbus, or Cincinnati. There are 39 U.S. airports with nonstop flights to Cleveland, 49 with nonstop flights to Cincinnati, and 45 with nonstop flights to Columbus. From outside the United States, however, there are more direct flights into Cleveland and Cincinnati than Columbus.

What are the rules for traveling with pets to Ohio?

If you’re traveling from another country with a pet, you’ll be asked upon arrival to show a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection that says the animal is healthy and another that shows it is current on its rabies vaccinations. But there are some animals that are not allowed to enter the country from certain parts of the world where specific diseases are prevalent (such as dog rabies), so be sure to check the USDA’s website to find out if your pet will be permitted entry.

For travelers bringing a pet from another US state, Ohio requires dogs and cats to be current on their rabies vaccinations. You must also have a certificate showing the animal is healthy if asked.

How long is the flight to Ohio?

Flights to Ohio from elsewhere in the United States vary based on your starting point, but you can expect direct flights from the northeast to be about 1-2 hours, from the west coast about 4-5 hours, and from the midwest about 1-1.5 hours. With nonstop flight options being relatively plentiful at three different airports serving the state, you have a good chance of having an itinerary that isn’t much longer than one flight—but keep in mind that any connecting flight can dramatically increase travel times.

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