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Flights to Orlando International Airport (MCO) overview

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Top tips for finding a cheap flight to Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Aim to fly in the Goldilocks Window

As a general rule, while there isn’t a cheapest day of the week on which to purchase an airline ticket, there are periods during which you stand the best chance of getting a deal on fares. We call this period the Goldilocks Window. For domestic trips, it’s 1-3 months before a flight. For international destinations, it’s more like 2-8 months ahead of time.

If, however, you don’t have any wiggle room with the travel dates, we recommend adding a few more months to that equation. The same applies if you’re planning a trip during Florida’s peak seasons—book that summer visit to Disney World in the winter, for instance, or a winter getaway during the summer. And remember that last-minute steals aren’t terribly common. In fact, airlines tend to raise prices 21, 14, and 7 days before a flight, so try to book before then if possible.

Consider departing from a different airport

Orlando is such a popular vacation destination that there are usually plenty of options for flights into the area. But if the fares from your home airport into Orlando aren’t as low as you’d like them to be, consider flying out of a different airport—even if it requires a separate flight to get there.

We find great deals (sometimes surprisingly great) from airports big and small, all over the country. If you’re only looking at your home airport, you might miss them. Let’s say you see a $90 roundtrip fare from Phoenix to Orlando, and your home airport is Seattle, where direct flights to Orlando are usually in the $250 range. Even adding a $70 ticket from Seattle to Phoenix to the $90 fare from Phoenix to Orlando, you’re still saving money on the trip.

Plan flights around the best prices

Being flexible with your travel plans is one of the best ways to save money on airfare. Instead of zeroing in on travel dates first and only then looking at airfare, start by looking at when fares are typically lowest to the destination you want to visit and plan your trip then. You’ll likely see lower fares outside the peak season, though since Orlando has a few peak seasons scattered throughout the year, the windows of cheaper fares are smaller.

If you can’t be flexible with your plans, you may still be able to get a better deal on airfare by scheduling flights on days when it’s usually cheaper to fly: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Try to avoid Fridays and Sundays, as those tend to be the most expensive days to fly.

Set up email airfare alerts

Rather than spend all your free time scanning booking sites hunting for that great deal, and constantly worrying you’ll overpay for airfare, we recommend putting technology to work for you. You can sign up for fare alerts for specific itineraries you’re looking at, and when the fare drops into the range you want or by a certain amount, you’ll get an email notification. Do this far enough ahead of the trip, and you’re more apt to recognize a great deal when you see it. Just remember that if your travel plans are flexible, you’ll have to set up a separate alert for each itinerary option. Another option: join Going and let us monitor all fares and alert you when we find great deals from your home airport.

Orlando International is a hub airport for the regional carrier Silver Airways. It’s also a focus city for JetBlue and home base for Avelo, Frontier, Southwest, and Spirit. There are 44 airlines serving the Orlando airport, and there are direct flights into Orlando from 101 airports in the United States.

Frequently asked questions about flying to Orlando International Airport (MCO)

What is the airport code for Orlando International Airport?

The airport code for Orlando International Airport is MCO. The local joke is that it stands for “Mickey’s Corporate Office.”

When is high season in Orlando?

The most expensive time to travel is usually during the destination’s peak season. Orlando is popular enough that it has a few peak seasons, which complicates things a bit, but you can expect prices to rise with demand from March to April (because of Spring Break), June to August (because of summer vacations), and the end of December through early January (for holiday trips).

When is the best time to visit Orlando?

The weather in Orlando is sunny much of the year, but it’s generally said to be the most pleasant from March through May. Spring Break, however, also falls during this time, so plan ahead if you want to avoid the worst of the crowds.

Does Orlando International Airport have its own on-site hotel?

Yes, Orlando has a hotel in the airport. It’s the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, between Terminal A and Terminal B, and the hotel’s entry is pre-security. There’s a fitness center, two restaurants, a rooftop pool, and a sundeck that has views of the runway. Rooms start at about $190 per night.

What lounges are available at Orlando International Airport?

There are five lounges at the Orlando airport, two of which are not operated by an airline: The Club at MCO and the Plaza Premium Lounge. Most of the lounges are in Terminal B.

Terminal A

  • The Club at MCO: On the main concourse; open 5am-10pm; assorted food and beverages, shower facility, workstations, free WiFi. Lounge passes start at $50.

Terminal B

  • American Airlines Admirals Club: Near gate 55; open 4am-8:30pm; assorted food and beverages, free WiFi. Free entry for 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. Day Passes are also available for $59.

  • Delta Air Lines Sky Lounge: Near gate 71, center atrium; open 4:30am-9:45pm Mon, Wed, Fri and 4:30am-10:45pm Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun; assorted food and beverages, free WiFi. Free entry for 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.

  • The Club at MCO: Near gate 91; open 5am-9pm; assorted food and beverages, shower facility, workstations, free WiFi. Lounge passes start at $50.

  • United Club Lounge: Near gate 43; open 5am-8pm; light snacks, full-service bar, free WiFi. Free entry for 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. Day Passes are also available for $59.

Terminal C

  • Plaza Premium Lounge: Just past security on Palm Court; open 7am-9pm; assorted food and beverages, shower facility, free WiFi. Lounge passes start at around $45 for three hours.

What are the rules for traveling with pets to Orlando International Airport?

The rules for bringing an animal into Florida from another state are set and enforced by the Florida Department of Agricultural Services. You’ll need to show proof of up-to-date rabies vaccination, along with whatever is required by the airline you’re flying with. Check the FDAC site for further information, and check with your airline about their rules for flying with pets.

In the Orlando airport, service animals must be kept on a leash at all times, and pets must be kept in a kennel. There are 2-3 pet relief areas in each terminal.

How far is Orlando International Airport to Orlando?

By car, depending on what part of the city you’re going to, Orlando International Airport is 13-22 miles from Orlando.

What are the transportation options for getting from Orlando International Airport to Orlando?

Transportation options from Orlando’s airport into the city include taxis, rideshare services, and even a few bus lines.

  • By taxi or rideshare: If traffic is light, the drive from the airport into downtown Orlando is about 30 minutes. There’s no flat taxi rate between the airport and the city, but fares are generally $38-45 depending on the destination. Rideshare prices vary by traffic and demand and can range from $34-73.
  • By public transportation: Orlando’s LYNX bus system has a few lines that connect the city with the airport, but it’s lines 11 and 52 that will get you from the airport to the LYNX Central Station downtown. The ride takes about 45-50 minutes, and a ticket costs $2.

How long is the flight to Orlando?

Flying time to Orlando varies considerably depending on your departure airport, but you can expect a direct flight to Orlando from the East Coast to be about 2.5-3 hours, from the Midwest about 2.5-3 hours, from the Southwest about 4.5 hours, and from the West Coast about 5.5 hours. And keep in mind that if your route requires a transfer, layovers can add several hours to your travel time.

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