Traveling from Charlotte doesn’t always have to break the bank. There are several websites and search engines that can help you score low priced flights year-round.
I like to consider myself somewhat of a flight deal geek. While I live to travel, I don’t always want to spend a luxury car payment to do so.
Here are some of my favorite methods, websites and search engines to find insanely cheap deals out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport:
Flight deal websites
These websites/email subscription lists post deals from various cities, which often include Charlotte.
The way it works: You can sign up to receive daily deals, or you can simply check the websites since they add deals their search engines find all day. When you click on the link of one you’re interested in, it lists out all the details, such as dates the deal is valid, which airlines are involved, how to purchase it and any layovers that are included. Checking in the morning is best to ensure you can hop on a deal before it sells out.
These kinds of deals are limited, so you will need to be prepared to purchase them within a few hours. Typically, the really good deals last only 2-4 hours. Otherwise, you’ll have about 24-48 hours to buy before the price goes up.
Here’s an example of a deal posted from Charlotte:
My go-to websites for Charlotte deals are:
I actually managed to grab a deal to Vegas from Charlotte for $113 round trip via Air Fare Spot. It posts Charlotte deals regularly.
Travel search engines
While the deal websites are a Godsend, the dates for many of their deals are very limited. This doesn’t always work for people without flexibility.
If you’re one of those people, all is not lost. If you need specific travel dates, travel search engines should be your go-to. It may take a little more effort, but that’s OK.
The way it works: You type in your departure city (CLT for Charlotte), where you want to go and a date range of when you want to travel.
The search engine will work its magic and pull up pricing for you. The great thing about today’s search engines is they will also show pricing for similar dates to ensure you actually get the lowest price. You’ll even see a rating/score that helps you determine if the price listed is really worth it.
From there, select the date ranges that work best, and the search engine will provide links to purchase at that date’s lowest price.
My go-to search engines are:
The great thing about Skyscanner is that you can simply list your departure city, and it will find the cheapest cities to fly to within a date range or even within a specific month.
See, traveling from Charlotte can be reasonable after all. You just have to know where to look.