The price of flights for a trip to Orlando can vary massively so to help you get the best deal possible we have listed a few tips, tricks and things to look out for.
Where can you get cheap Orlando flights?
It’s pretty difficult to do, especially if you are confined to flying in the school and public holidays. The airlines and travel operators know it is peak time and you will have to pay a premium for it. However, this does not mean that there are no good deals to be had and if you are able to be flexible then you may even surprise yourself at how cheaply you can do it.
We are unfortunate that where we live there is only one airline that flies direct to Orlando and it only operates for a part of the year. The good news for all of you is that this means we have spent many days, weeks and months figuring out all of the other tricks for getting the best flights deals and keeping as much of our cash in our pocket as possible!
What do we do first? Off to the comparison sites we go! We love these and all of the features they have for finding bargain flights. Use all of the filters to narrow down the search to what is best for you. We have included our two favorite ones below.
When to book?
Airlines usually release their flights about 11 months before the date of the flight. If you are looking to go for 5 days then you will see the return prices for your dates becoming available 11 months before your return date.
They are often a bit high during the first few days of release as they know a lot of people are excited to book and will pay the inflated price. Often, although not always and it will depend on the time of year you are going, if you can wait another few days or weeks the price can drop by a good amount.
Alternatively there are often good sales around Black Friday and from mid-December into January where you can find better prices. Usually, the earlier you book the cheaper the flights are.
Who to fly with?
This is quite a contentious issue with many people having a favourite airline and others having many favourites depending on price. You may be unsurprised to know that Ticket Rangers love whichever airline gets us from A to B safely and cheapest.
Having flown with many of them we do not feel there is a great deal of difference between the major players and not enough of a difference that would make us pay more for one over another.
Having said that, the airlines often have quite rewarding membership schemes and it can pay to stick to ones that you are signed up to and fly regularly with.
Generally speaking if you are willing to stop off somewhere en route the price can drop dramatically. This is scary to a lot of people but we have no issues with it as we have to do it for most places we travel due to a lack of availability at our local airport.
There’s a good filter on Skyscanner where you can specify the total journey time and try to find something without a 12 hour layover.
If you are happy to go indirect then it is certainly worth investigating. Just leave yourself enough time to make your connection. If you do miss it, don’t panic, the airlines are obliged to put you on the next available flight as long as you booked the trip on one ticket.
Are you willing to travel to an alternative airport either at home or in Florida? You open up the possibility of finding some great bargains. Use the Add Nearby Airports feature on Skyscanner.
There are a number of airports in Florida that can be used if you are heading to Orlando. We often see great prices to fly into Tampa, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. You will have a bit of a drive once you land but you can weigh that up against any potential savings.
Tampa is roughly an 80 minute drive to the Disney area, Miami will take approximately 4 hours and Ft. Lauderdale is around 3 hours away. Ticket Rangers flew into Miami last year, stopped in a hotel then drove up to Orlando the following morning. It worked out really well and saved us a small fortune.