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Top tips for finding a cheap flight to Palm Springs (PSP)

Buy your tickets during the Goldilocks Window

Although there doesn’t appear to be much rhyme or reason to the ever-changing cost of airline tickets, there are some trends we’ve found that can help travelers save money. There’s a period of time before a flight when the best deals are usually found: 1-3 months before a domestic flight, and 2-8 months before an international one. We call this the Goldilocks Window, since it’s all about booking when the timing is “just right.”

There are a few situations when booking in the Goldilocks Window would actually be too late, however. If you’re flying over a major holiday or during peak season, you should add a few months to the ranges above. The same is true if you don’t have any wiggle room on the days that you need to fly. It’s also worth mentioning that last-minute bargain fares are incredibly uncommon, and, in fact, airlines nearly always raise prices on tickets as departure nears—usually 21, 14, and 7 days before a flight is scheduled. Book before then if you can.

Check fares from other departure airports

Sometimes the best deal on a flight happens to be from your home airport. And sometimes, there’s a better deal that departs from a completely different airport—and if you’re only checking the flights from your usual departure point, you could end up overpaying for a ticket. We see surprisingly low fares all the time from airports of all sizes, so it’s always worth a look around before you click the buy button.

Palm Springs is a smaller airport, but it’s such a popular tourist destination that there are 25 U.S. airports with nonstop flights into PSP. But even if there’s a direct flight from the airport nearest you, it’s a good idea to look around at other potential departure points to see if there’s some kind of amazing fare deal to be had. Flights from Boston to Palm Springs may be as much as $600 roundtrip, but from JFK a flight is less than $300. That kind of savings may even make adding a $140 roundtrip flight from Boston to JFK worth it.

Try to fly when it’s cheaper

You may already know that scheduling flexibility is one of the best ways to save money when you travel. Planning a trip during a destination's shoulder season or even off-season can mean enormous savings on flights, hotels, and attractions. Summer is the high season for lots of popular destinations, not least because it’s when kids are out of school, and families can travel more easily. In Palm Springs, though, summer is the off-season because it can get searingly hot. If you can take the heat, you can actually fly for less in the summer than during Palm Springs’ high season (January-April).

Even if you’re planning a high-season trip to Palm Springs, though, you can often save a little bit by being strategic about the days you fly. Fridays and Sundays are among the most expensive days of the week to fly. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays are among the cheapest, so aim for those if you can.

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Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) is considered a medium-sized airport. There are 25 airports around the country with direct flights into Palm Springs, though some of these are only offered seasonally, and there are also nonstop flights into PSP from several cities in Canada. Twelve airlines serve Palm Springs. Southwest and Alaska each have six routes to PSP, and American and United each have five. Even if you can’t get a direct flight from your home airport, PSP has nonstop service from big hub airports around the US, so you should be able to get to Palm Springs with no more than one layover.

Frequently asked questions about flying to Palm Springs (PSP)

What is the airport code for Palm Springs Airport?

The airport code for Palm Springs Airport is PSP.

When is high season in Palm Springs?

Because temperatures in Palm Springs are mild to warm pretty much year-round, it’s a relatively popular tourist destination year-round, too. The busiest months, though, are roughly January-April, when high temperatures ranging from about 70-85F are ideal for activities like hiking, golf, or simply relaxing by the pool. January and February are among the rainiest months in Palm Springs, but in this part of the desert, that only means an inch or so per month.

Crowd numbers increase dramatically in April every year for the big Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, so if you’re planning an April visit be sure to book your lodging well in advance.

When is the best time to visit Palm Springs?

The high season, January-April, is also arguably the best time to visit Palm Springs. The days are typically clear and warm enough to enjoy exploring outdoors but not so hot that a hike in the desert sounds like torture.

For smaller crowds and slightly lower prices, though, consider a trip in October-November. The daytime high temperatures may still be hitting 100F in September, but by October, it’s much more tolerable. The Palm Springs Pride Festival lights up the city in the fall (usually late October/early November) with musical performances and a parade.

Does Palm Springs Airport have its own on-site hotel?

There is no on-site hotel at the Palm Springs Airport, but it’s located about two miles from downtown Palm Springs. There are dozens of hotel options at all price points within a 10-minute drive from the terminal.

What lounges are available at Palm Springs Airport?

The Palm Springs International Airport does not have any lounges.

What are the rules for traveling with pets to Palm Springs Airport?

The state’s Department of Food and Agriculture doesn’t require people traveling with dogs or cats to carry a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, but you must be able to show proof that the animal is current on its rabies vaccinations if you’re asked to. You can find more details, including about other species, on this page of the CDFA website.

Travelers with pets or service animals must keep them leashed or crated while at the airport. There is a pet relief area in the airport’s courtyard (post-security), as well as one opposite the main entrance to the airport (pre-security). You should also check with your airline about the rules for flying with pets or service animals.

How far is Palm Springs Airport to Palm Springs?

The small airport is a mere two miles from downtown Palm Springs, so most places in the city itself are an easy drive of 10-15 minutes or less.

What are the transportation options for getting from Palm Springs Airport to Palm Springs?

  • By taxi or rideshare: There are a few taxi companies that serve the airport, as well as the rideshare services Lyft and Uber. Because the airport is practically downtown, there isn’t a fixed taxi rate for the trip—but a quick 5-10 minute taxi fare will likely cost you under $20. A rideshare app will cost about the same.

  • By public transportation: Depending on your destination, there are a few bus lines that serve the Palm Springs Airport. BTA bus lines 12 and 15 connect places like Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley for $7-20 one-way (the fare varies by destination). The trip from PSP to Joshua Tree, for instance, is about 1.5 hours. There’s a different bus company (SunLine) that serves points in the Coachella Valley, but the routes are indirect, require 1-2 changes, and take 1.5-2 hours or more.

How long is the flight to Palm Springs?

Flights to Palm Springs vary in duration depending on your starting location. If you’re on a nonstop flight, you can expect to be in the air for about 5-7 hours from the East Coast, 4-4.5 hours from the Midwest, and a relatively short 1-3 hours from elsewhere along the West Coast. Just note that any itineraries that have a connecting flight can make your travel day quite a bit longer.

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