Flights to Tampa (TPA) overview
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Top tips for finding a cheap flight to Tampa (TPA)
Book in the Goldilocks Window
Over the years, we’ve come up with a few favorite tips and tricks for finding cheap flights. Booking within the Goldilocks Window is one of those. That means looking for a flight during a period that’s not too close to your departure date and not too far away. For domestic flights we’ve found that sweet spot to be about 1–3 months before your trip. For international flights, you have a longer window, from 2–8 months before a trip.
That said, if you’re planning a trip during peak travel season or if your dates are not flexible, we recommend planning even further in advance. If, for instance, you’re hoping to travel during the December holiday season, it’s best to start looking for flights in July.
While we wish last-minute deals existed, the truth is that they’re few and far between, especially during busy travel periods. Fares generally increase at the 21-, 14-, and 7-day points ahead of trips, so try to book before then.
Use the Greek Islands Trick
One of our favorite hacks for finding cheap flights involves getting as close as you can to your destination for the cheapest price, then finding a regional budget flight or other mode of travel between that destination and your final stop. We call it the Greek Island Trick, but it works for plenty of locations outside of Greece.
If flights to TPA are out of your price range during spring break, for example, look for flights into Gainesville, Florida; Tallahassee; or even Alabama. Then, rent a car to reach Tampa. It takes more time and planning, but it could also save you a bundle on a getaway.
Search alternative departure airports
Travelers living near New York City may have never considered flying out of an airport that’s not JFK, LGA, or EWR—the big three serving the NYC area. But, believe it or not, there may be situations in which you could save money by looking for flights departing from a bit farther away. If you see a $102 roundtrip deal from Boston to TPA, for example, it could be worth taking the train, bus, or driving to Boston from New York.
You could even consider taking a short flight to another airport if that makes more financial sense. The moral of the story: Don’t discount flying out of another airport just because it’s not typically where you fly out of. If you can snag a deal, it might make sense to get yourself there.
Fly when it’s cheaper
Winter and spring break are busy travel seasons in much of Florida, including Tampa. It makes sense—people in much of the rest of the country want to escape the cold weather, and kids have off school for winter and spring break. Of course, this means airlines can charge more for flights.
The fall season, from September to December, is also a great time to visit because you’ll find cheaper flights but also still have good weather. Sometimes, you can even snag a great deal to Florida during the summer months, though you shouldn’t bank on this, as travelers often flock to Florida and other southern destinations to take advantage of the beaches during this time; fair warning the humidity can also make Florida muggy and hot during the summer.
If traveling outside of winter isn’t an option for you, or if you’re set on a spring break trip, be sure to at least look at fares on what are usually the cheapest days to fly: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Avoid Fridays and Sundays, the most expensive days to fly, if you can.
Set alerts for specific trips
Keeping track of airfare as it fluctuates is difficult—we know that firsthand. The good news is that technology can help.
Set up fare alerts for your itinerary—making sure to set multiple alerts if your dates are flexible—and you’ll get an email when the fare drops into your target price range. We recommend doing this well in advance of your trip, before the Goldilocks Window we talked about above, so you can see prices drop during that time.
Tampa is a decent size airport, with nonstop flights to 80 destinations around the world. From most major US cities, as well as some cities in Latin America, you can reach Tampa nonstop. From elsewhere in the world, you can reach Tampa with one stop.
Frequently asked questions about flying to Tampa (TPA)
What is the airport code for Tampa International Airport?
The airport code for Tampa International Airport is TPA.
When is high season in Tampa?
Tampa has a long high season. It starts getting busy around January, when snowbirds flee the cold weather up north. There’s another influx of travelers during spring break. Then, it stays busy from May to August, when kids are out of school and families take vacations.
When is the best time to visit Tampa?
The best time to visit Tampa is from September to early December, when you’ll avoid the crowds that are there the rest of the year and take advantage of lower prices and great weather. January and February are also a good time to visit for warm, sunny weather, but prices will likely be higher. Avoid summer, when Tampa can get very muggy and hot.
Does TPA have its own on-site hotel?
There is one on-site hotel at TPA, the Tampa Airport Marriott. Every room has soundproof windows, TVs with Hulu and Netflix, mini refrigerators, and free wifi. There’s a fitness center and outdoor pool, as well as an on-site restaurant. You can also rent a day-use room if you have a long layover or flight change. Rooms start around $225 per night.
What lounges are available at TPA?
The Delta Sky Club has snacks, a full bar, internet terminals, and lounge seating. Delta Sky Club members, Delta One and first class passengers, SkyTeam Elite Plus customers, and Delta SkyMiles Reserve card holders have access to the lounge, as well as American Express Delta SkyMiles Platinum card holders.
The American Airlines Admirals Club has complimentary drinks, ready-to-eat snacks and made-to-order food, TVs, internet terminals and free wifi. Access to the lounge is free for Admirals Club members, American Airlines travelers flying first or business class, Citi/AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard cardholders with an AA boarding pass, ConciergeKey members with an AA boarding pass, and AirPass members with Admirals Club privileges. Day passes are also available for $79.
What are the rules for traveling with pets to TPA?
All animals traveling in TPA, including service animals, must follow requirements from the airline. Those traveling to Tampa from outside of the US need to follow USDA and CDC regulations, which vary by type of pet. Dogs will need rabies shots, and dogs from high-risk countries for rabies are currently banned from entering through July 2024. Animals will need other vaccinations and tests for screwworm, foot and mouth disease, and more.
How far is TPA to Tampa?
TPA is about 12 miles away from Tampa.
What are the transportation options for getting from TPA to Tampa?
TPA has a taxi stand with a flat rate to downtown of $35. A taxi typically takes about 15 minutes. Uber and Lyft are also available. You can also take the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) bus downtown for $2. It departs from the rental car center.
How long is the flight to Tampa?
Flight times to TPA from much of the Midwest and Northeast take around 3 hours. From Atlanta, Charlotte, and elsewhere in the south they’re about 1.5 hours. From Texas, flights are 2–3 hours, and from Denver they’re about 3.5 hours. If you’re flying from Seattle, San Francisco, or elsewhere on the West Coast, flights will be 4.5–5.5 hours.
From Panama and much of the Caribbean, you can reach TPA on a nonstop flight from 3.5–5 hours. From London, Zurich, or Frankfurt, it will be 9.5–10.5 hours. From elsewhere in the world, you’ll need to make a connection, likely in London or the US.
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