Miami; that quirky, cool, curious metropolitan conglomeration of Cuban bars, Caribbean cocktail joints and extravagant coastal living that sits perched on the tip of the American southeast. Just a stone’s throw from the winding waterways of the Everglades and nestled on the cusp of the paradisiacal Florida Keys, it’s little wonder that so many Americans flock to this enclave of sun and shindiggery to let loose and enjoy!
Today, the city is served by the sprawling Miami International Airport. It’s one of the largest in the whole country and is used by countless airlines both domestic and foreign. If you’re thinking of heading here for a summertime jaunt, or even for an off-season seaside holiday, then it’s likely this will be your gateway.
Here is a low-down on the major American cities with direct flights into MIA, ranging from metropolises in the Midwest, to less likely spots strewn right across the continent.
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While the 10-hour or so road trip down the Atlantic seaboard of Georgia and Florida can be one seriously fun journey, some travelers from Atlanta simply cannot wait to soak up the tropical rays of Miami, and opt for one of the many direct flight routes out of Hartsfield-Jackson International instead. But why not, when a typical low price for a direct round trip connection sits between $183 and $213, while those willing to make mid-week departures can knock off even more (saving around $19 on average)? American and Delta both offer direct, two-hour flights between the two cities.
From the stiff-upper-lip streets of the proud political cradle of American democracy, to one of the country’s quirkiest, coolest and most culturally-diverse party towns in one fell swoop; direct flights from Boston to Miami are now all the rage, with American Airlines offering tickets for as little as $232 to the luckiest of passengers. Most should expect to pay anything between $300-330 for a non-stop connection, while tickets will tend to dip consistently to below $298 in the September low season.
US Airways flies direct from Charlotte, NC, to Miami, Florida, offering round-trip tickets for as little as $281 to the luckiest of passengers and average bargain fares somewhere between $313-328. Once here, North Carolina’s locals will want to set aside their barbecue pork ribs and famous deep-fried chicken for a little while, in favor of the succulent Cuban-Carib dishes of Miami’s Havana eateries, or the spicy Mexican creations that hail from across the gulf.
In just 2.5 hours travelers can leave behind the soaring skyscrapers of the Windy City, forget the baseball bowls and smoky sports bars, and join the festive folk on Florida’s Key beaches or wallow in the Carib-style bars of Miami’s culturally-rich downtown. Direct connections are run by American Airlines and United Airlines regularly from the O'Hare International Airport. Anything below $324 is a bargain, while some passengers have even been known to wrangle deals as low as $284!
Direct flight connections from Dallas’ Fort Worth International Airport to Miami abound, with American Airlines making the journey regularly. A good return price will set passengers back around just $300, while fares have also been known to dip as low as $157 at times! What’s more, the route takes just three hours, meaning it’s possible to rodeo in the morning and sip rum punch in one of the cool Miami Beach bars at night!
There are few destinations more different in the whole of the United States than the steaming, urban conglomeration of industry and mechanization of Detroit, and the wild, weird and wicked districts of downtown Miami, making direct flight options from Detroit Metro with Delta, US and American the perfect choice for travelers looking to experience a real cross-section of this country’s diverse and variegated metropolitan character! A good price for the trip is anything under $264, while cheapest known fares have sold for around just $236.
The cheapest fares from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport to Miami International tend to be with American Airlines, whose return-trip prices can drop to as low as $197 for some lucky passengers. However, good ticket prices are anything below $345, while mid-week departures and returns have been known to knock off more than $100 from the total. On an off note, indirect connections are also possible from Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport and tend to cost a minimum of $297 when flying in the September low season.
American is the only airline offering direct flights from Indianapolis to Miami, making the journey is just under three hours. Some lucky folk have managed to book the two-and-a-half hour journey for just $258, while most will settle for an average ticket price of around $289 for a return. That’s not bad for a dose of Floridian sun!
Blackjacked out? Poker face not pulling off? Perhaps you’re one of the lucky ones looking for somewhere to spend those winnings? Whatever the reason, the party strips and neon lights of Miami await travelers from Las Vegas just over five hours away by direct connection with American Airlines. Good fare deals on the route will cost around $358 return, while some of the real gamblers have managed to scoop seats for as low as $277!
You could be forgiven for thinking that ticket prices for the lengthy five-hour flight from hip LA on the west coast, to steamy Miami on America’s most south-easterly tip would break the bank. But they don’t, and some travelers have even managed to book round-trip flights for just $312 dollars in recent months. What’s more, average fares aren’t that much higher (sitting at around $347-352), and there’s always healthy competition between American, Alaska, Delta and US Airways on the route!
When the ceaseless rock and roll and country tunes of Elvis and Cash get just a little too much, consider replacing them with a fix of cool Cuban jazz or a dose of Mexican mariachi, all set to the din of the rolling waves and the sea breezes of southern Miami. The trip from Memphis International typically cost less than $325, with American Airlines making the most regular direct connections. Some travelers have managed to get fares for as low as $283 though, while others have saved up to $82 by departing and returning sometime mid-week.
Flying from the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport in Minnesota offers folk from the Midwest another quick route direct to Miami, Florida. While some happy travelers have managed to book tickets for just $319 return, most will find direct routes with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and the state’s own Sun Country Airlines sitting at around $406. However, fares do seem to dip nicely from MSP just in time for the October and November shoulder season, when Florida booms with sunshine and the Midwest is typically thick with snow.
Need a break from the smoky barbecues and stern whiskey straights of Nashville? Feeling a little overwhelmed by the Hank Williams tribute acts and out-of-tune honky-tonks? Never fear, because American Airlines makes regular direct trips from Nashville International Airport to the southerly tip of the Sunshine State, costing as little as $197 (if you’re lucky) for a round trip and averaging at just $251! It’s time to exchange that beat-up guitar for some sandals and sun cream, don’t you think?
Soar over the Gulf of Mexico on one of the direct flight connections with US Airways or American Airlines out of New Orleans to Miami, and exchange one of America’s great party cities with another in just under two hours. Good prices for a return fare tend to hover between $257-275, while some lucky passengers have even managed to grab bargain tickets for as little as $198. If you’re looking to keep prices down, consider making a midweek departure, or perhaps a shoulder season trip in October or November.
Exchange the Central Park ice rinks and quirky inner-city coffee joints of the Big Apple with the scorching sands of the Florida Keys and the beaming rays of the Sunshine State this year, with a selection of direct connections on Delta, American and US Airways for under $278. The flight takes just 2.5 hours, and transports passengers right down the spine of the eastern seaboard – straight to the tropical climes and cool Caribbean-style cocktail joints that cluster around this city at its very end.
Granted it’s possible to make the trip from the state’s theme park capital to Miami in just over three hours by car on the Florida Turnpike, but why bother when there’s direct flight connections with both US Airways and American Airlines for under $253 a pop? Not only will this spare parents that arduous ‘are-we-there-yet?’ journey with the kids, but it means families can be making their way to Miami Beach just 40 minutes after departing from Orlando by plane!
These two cities could not be more different; where Philadelphia may be a bastion of American identity in the north, Miami is a kingpin of cultural diversity in the south; where the former is peppered with shiny museums and regal historical architecture, the latter comes to life with Spanish-style cantinas and adobe Mexican food joints. This makes the direct flights from Philadelphia International Airport with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and US Airways a great option for travelers who want to sample both sides of the American coin, while the average $267 price tag isn’t bad either!
In the morning, leave behind a cactus-peppered skyline of orange and yellow desert glows, in the evening embrace the steaming sun of the Florida Keys and the balmy post-colonial cafés of central Miami Beach; sounds alluring doesn’t it? Well, it’s exceptionally doable too, with good deals for regular direct flights from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Miami International costing $358 and some of the cheapest seats selling for just $277! Why not? You’ll probably already have the sun cream and the sandals on hand!
American Airlines boasts the cheapest direct air fares from California’s sleek surfing capital to Florida’s liveliest Latin-esque city. While some passengers have managed to grab return deals for just $339, most settle for nonstop tickets somewhere between $367 and $381. Considering the flight takes a whopping five hours, crossing the full breath of America before finally edging its way southwards over Florida, it’s hard to deny that those are some pretty sweet deals!
There was a time when American travelers moved only west, towards the promised land of California and across the wild frontiers before the Pacific. Today, thanks to direct flight connections by Alaska Airlines and American Airlines, San Francisco natives can now cross the whole continent in the other direction with ease. Good deals on the route will typically cost under $372, while fares have also been known to dip as low as $277. Midweek departures and arrivals can also save travelers considerable amounts, sometimes knocking off as much as $128 from the fare!
While Seattle locals may well have grown to love their rainy days and drizzly nights, a dose of the Florida sunshine can surely never go amiss? Today, it’s possible to travel between these two hugely far flung cities in just over five hours, taking one of the direct available air connections with American Airlines. Good prices are anything under $407, while some of the most fortunate passengers on the route have scooped return seats for just $276!
Washington locals will welcome an opportunity to calm their nervy need to debate and discuss issues and political points, perhaps even relish the chance to chill-out in a place a far cry from federal government institutions and Smithsonian steeliness. In many ways Miami is the perfect antithesis, with its wild clubs and Cuban-come-Caribbean feel. What’s more, flight prices will cost around just $238 return, with some travelers even managing to make the trip for as little as $218!