How to Find Cheap Flights to Orlando (10 Pro Tips for Flying to Orlando)

Do you know how to find cheap flights to Orlando?

When people ask me about planning their vacations to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando or SeaWorld, I tell them the two most important things to take care of first are Hotel and Flights.

You always need to confirm where you will lay your head and how you will get there. In fact, many people always wonder how I can afford to fly to Orlando so much. This year alone I have gone 5 times with 5 more visits in my back pocket for the year.

Today, I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite tips on flying into one of my favorite airports, Orlando International Airport (MCO).

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1. Know What  the Best Time to Fly Into Orlando Is…

It is important to research when the cheapest time to fly is but this is also contingent on what your destination is. If you are visiting Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando Resort, they are about the same.

I would always recommend avoiding summer season altogether. This is usually when families have time off due to children being out of school and this is when people tend to use their PTO (paid time off).

Downtown Orlando

According to Cheapoair, the best times to visit Orlando is December through May. For the cheapest flight tickets, you will want to shoot for August. While this is summertime technically, most families are preparing to go back to school.

Flights for Orlando (MCO) around this time are cheap and can save you between $18-$45 per ticket.

I tend to fly early January- late February as well. Sometimes you can catch a good deal after New Year’s Day.

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2. Know Where to Look for Cheap Flights to Orlando

If there is one tip I would give, it’s to avoid booking directly with airlines if you can. You want to make sure you are getting the very best deal and sometimes booking direct, depending on the day you book, could mean paying more than you should.

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One of the sites I use is Google Flights. Google Flights allows you to search for flights and even gives you a calendar of when the lowest fares are to fly. You can book directly through here as it will take you to the airline’s site, which is okay knowing that you’re getting the cheapest price.

You have the ability to track fluctuation of prices for a specific flight you’re interested in with Google Flights.

Other apps I would recommend when it comes to searching for flights would be Cheapoair, Hopper and Skyscanner. Hopper allows you to hold a flight price for a fee which can come in handy. Both are very reliable sites and apps to use when flight hunting.

3. Depart Elsewhere

This one I have used occasionally and it has saved me, after doing the math, $567, over 2 years. If you are able, try to see how much it would cost to fly out of a different airport.

Orlando International Airport

Sometimes, you will find that even with a cheaper flight and the cost to travel a bit further to the location, you will still save more than what you would’ve spent flying out of the airport closer to you.

For example, my last visit to Orlando, I saved about $200 flying out of DC rather than Maryland.

4. Choose the Best Day To Book And Travel to Orlando

As mentioned before, the day you book can play a key role in what price you could get for flying into Orlando. This is where using the sites shared above come in handy big time.

Contrary to popular belief (based on my own experience), Tuesday is not necessarily the best day to book your flight.

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Backside of the Three Broomsticks at Harry Potter World Universal

Honestly, any day of the week could be a good time to buy a flight. I will recommend buying your flight between 2 months to 45 days prior to your travel date. After the 45-day mark, flights tend to only go up.

Another thing to consider are your travel dates. You may find that its cheaper to fly into Orlando International Airport (MCO) on a weekday rather than a weekend. It will benefit you when it comes to lines and occasionally cost.

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5. Have Your Transportation Ready

If you are heading to Walt Disney World after December 31, 2021, the Magical Express service will no longer be available for guests.

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You can utilize Mears Transportation to take you to and from the airport. This goes for several other attraction locations around Orlando.

6. Stay Alert and Keep Safety First

Do not accept rides from anyone unfamiliar or that is not an authorized Lyft/Uber driver that you have ordered.

7. Remember Your Terminal and Gate Information

Keep an eye on your terminal and gate. MCO is fairly large but is manageable as long as you pay attention to your surroundings.

Orlando International Airport Gate A
Orlando International Airport Gate A

8. Avoid Bringing Liquids

Liquids cannot be in your carry on, but MCO does have several water fountains where you can fill up your water bottle.

9. Enjoy the Orlando Airport Extras

Occasionally, MCO will have entertainment including adorable dogs that you can spend time with while you wait for your flight.

10. Try to Make Payments for Your Flight

See if the airline you are using will allow you to pay off your flight in payments or use Airfordable.com.

Airplane on road Cheap Flights to Orlando

Airfordable helps you pay off your flight every 2, 3 or 4 weeks and will send you your ticket once its fully paid off. This is one of the key ways I have afforded all my flights for the past 2 years and is amongst the best customer service I have dealt with.

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Final Thoughts on Flying to Orlando

Flying in the aftermath of the pandemic can see overwhelming and daunting. Mainly since everyone is desperate to take a vacation and Orlando is one of the top destinations to visit.

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Up Show at Animal Kingdom

It tends to be a bit more stressful when you’re a solo traveler who hasn’t gone through this before.

With some of my well tested and used tips, I hope you can find ease in your trip planning when it comes to visiting through MCO.

The Orlando International Airport is truly one of my most favorite airports and flying is one of my personal favorite ways to travel. Eventually, as a solo traveler, it becomes as normal and comfortable as breathing.

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I hope these tips will help you get to Orlando efficiently! Which tips did you find the most useful? Let us know in the comments section below.

Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!

About the Author

Victoria Wade Disney Writer at ThemeParkHipster

Victoria is a professional solo traveler here to make your solo trips as stress free AND enjoyable as possible for you.

She has over 5 years of Disney and Non-Disney travel experience and was featured by POPSUGAR as one of the Top 50 Black Disney Creators you should follow.

She is a Proud Native to Baltimore, Md but always will call Disney World home. You can find her at Disney Tea with V.

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