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The Ultimate Guide to Cheap International Flights from Dallas

Julian Mu
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Julian Mu
Flight Expert, North America
11 min read
Last updated 
June 13, 2019

The third-most populated city in Texas (and 9th in the US), Dallas is a sprawling metropolis with an equally large international airport. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is roughly the size of Manhattan and is served by more than two dozen airlines connecting travelers to more than 50 international destinations. That’s good news for travelers as there are plenty of deals to be found from Dallas, particularly to destinations in Latin America and Europe.

How many airports are there in Dallas?

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is served by two main airports, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Love Field (DAL). DFW is the main international airport; it’s a hub for American Airlines and offers direct flights to dozens of places around the globe as well as more than 150 destinations in the US. In fact, you can reach just about any corner of the continental US in about four hours or less from DFW.  While it’s fairly monopolized by American Airlines, it ‘s also served by international carriers like British Airways, Lufthansa, Avianca, and Korean Air.

Love Field is much smaller and serves a variety of domestic destinations. It’s a hub for Southwest and is served by Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines, so you can also connect to international destinations, though those flights will have a stop in another US city.

What’s the best airport for international deals from Dallas?

The best international deals are found from DFW. It’s the only airport of the two Dallas-area airports that offers direct flights to international destinations, and while American Airlines dominates its services, there are still deals to be found.

What are some alternate airports for international deals from Dallas?

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) are a 3-4 hour drive from Dallas and both see frequent international deals. It may be worth widening your search to include these airports, especially if your destination is served by an airline that doesn’t operate out of Dallas.

For flights to Hawaii and Asia, you may also want to look at buying cheap flights to a West Coast hub like San Francisco or Los Angeles and connecting from there. For flights to Africa, a flight to NYC and a separate flight from NYC to your destination might be cheaper than booking all on one ticket from Dallas to the African continent.

How do I find cheap flights from Dallas to Europe?

Compared to some other US airports, DFW is not a major hub for flights to Europe, but it does offer direct flights to the Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, England, Iceland, Spain, France, and Italy. To get to smaller destinations or locations in central, southern, and eastern Europe, you’ll need to connect in one or more European or American hubs. It may be cheaper to buy two separate roundtrip tickets (e.g. DFW to London, London to Athens) vs booking your whole itinerary on one ticket. Direct flights from Dallas to Europe take about 8 hours on the short end (Dublin, Iceland) up to 10 hours on the long end (Rome).

What cities in Europe can I reach on direct flights from Dallas?

From Dallas-Fort Worth airport there are direct flights to Amsterdam (American), Dublin (American), Frankfurt (American, Lufthansa), Reykjavik (American), London (American, British Airways), Madrid (American), Munich (American), Paris (American, Air France), and Rome (American).

What’s a good price on a flight from Dallas to Europe?

Regular prices for a roundtrip flight from Dallas to Europe range from $1,000-$1,300 in high season and $750-$1,000 in low season. A good price on a flight from Dallas to Europe is anything under $650 in high season and $500 in low season.

Examples of cheap flights from Dallas to Europe:

How do I find cheap flights from Dallas to Asia?

DFW offers direct flights to cities in China, Korea, and Japan. For other destinations, you’ll need to connect in one of these cities or another US hub, or look for flights to a West Coast hub like SFO or LAX and then find cheap flights to your final destination from there. Direct flights from Dallas to Asia take 13 hours (Tokyo) to 16 hours (Hong Kong).

What cities in Asia can I reach on a direct flight from Dallas?

From Dallas-Fort Worth airport there are direct flights to Beijing (American), Hong Kong (American), Seoul (American, Korean Air), Shanghai (American), and Tokyo (American, ANA).

What’s a good price on a flight from Dallas to Asia?

Regular prices for a roundtrip flight from Dallas to Asia range from $1,400-$1,800 in high season and $900-$1,300 in low season. A good price on a flight from Dallas to Asia is under $850 in high season and under $700 in low season.

Examples of cheap flights from Dallas to Asia:

How do I find cheap flights from Dallas to Australia, New Zealand, or the South Pacific?

Dallas offers one direct flight to Australia, which takes about 17 hours, so if you’re going anywhere else in the region, you’ll need to connect in another US hub like LA or San Francisco, or fly to Sydney and connect onwards from there.

What cities in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific can I reach on direct flights from Dallas?

From DFW, there are direct flights to Sydney on Qantas.

What’s a good price on a flight from Dallas to Australia, New Zealand, or the South Pacific?

Regular prices for a roundtrip flight from Dallas to Australia, New Zealand or the South Pacific range from $1,500-$2,000 in high season and $1,200-$1,600 in low season. A good price on a flight from Dallas to Oceania is $800-$900 in high season and $600-$700 in low season.

Examples of cheap flights from Dallas to Oceania:

How do I find cheap flights from Dallas to Africa or the Middle East?

There are no direct flights to Africa, and limited flights to the Middle East, from Dallas. Direct flights to Qatar or the UAE in the Middle East take about 14.5 hours; to get elsewhere you’ll need to connect in one of these cities or in another European or American hub. For flights to Africa, it may be cheaper to book a flight from Dallas to NYC and then find a deal from there to the continent, or look at connecting in Europe.

What cities in Africa and the Middle East can I reach on direct flights from Dallas?

From DFW, there are direct flights to Doha on Qatar Airways and Dubai on Emirates.  

What’s a good price on a flight from Dallas to Africa or the Middle East?

Regular prices for a roundtrip flight from Dallas to Africa range from $1,200-$1,800 in high season and $1,000-$1,500 in low season. A good price on a flight from Dallas to Africa is $600-$800.

Regular prices for a roundtrip flight from Dallas to the Middle East range from $1,000-$1,500 in high season and $900-$1,300 in low season. A good price on a flight from Dallas to the Middle East is $700–$900 in high season and $550-$650 in low season.

Examples of cheap flights from Dallas to Africa and the Middle East:

How do I find cheap flights from Dallas to Mexico or Central or South America?

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DFW is a major hub for flights to Mexico and Latin America, with direct flights to Mexico, Belize, Colombia, Argentina, Costa Rica, Peru, Honduras, El Salvador, Chile, Brazil, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Direct flights range from about 2 hours to destinations in Mexico to 7-10 hours for destinations in South America.

What cities in Mexico and Central and South America can I reach on direct flights from Dallas?

From DFW there are direct flights to Aguascalientes (America), Belize City (American), Bogotá (American), Buenos Aires (American), Cancún (American, Spirit, Sun Country), Chihuahua (American), Cozumel (American, Sun Country), Durango (American, Volaris), Guadalajara (American, Volaris), Guanajuato (American), Guatemala City (American), Liberia (American), Lima (American), Managua (American), Mazatlán (American), Mexico City (Aeromexico, American, Interjet), Monterrey (American), Morelia (American), Oaxaca (American), Puerto Vallarta (American), Querétaro (American), Roatán (American), San José (American), San José del Cabo (American, Spirit), San Luis Potosi (American), San Pedro Sula (American), San Salvador (American, Avianca), Santigao (American), São Paulo (American), Tegucigalpa (American), Torreón (American), Zacatecas (American), and Zihuatanejo (American).

What’s a good price on a flight from Dallas to Mexico or Central or South America?

Regular prices for a roundtrip flight from Dallas to Latin America range from $500-$1,100 in high season and $400-$900 in low season. A good price on a flight from Dallas to Latin America is $350-$700 in high season and $250-$550 in low season. Of course, the lowest prices are found on flights to Central America and Mexico, while flights to South America will be more expensive.

Examples of cheap flights from Dallas to Latin America:

How do I find cheap flights from Dallas to the Caribbean?

DFW serves a variety of destinations in the Caribbean: the Cayman Islands, Aruba, Jamaica, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, and the Turks and Caicos. For other destinations, you’ll likely connect in Houston, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or Atlanta.

What cities and islands in the Caribbean can I reach on direct flights from Dallas?

From DFW there are direct flights to George Town (American), Montego Bay (American, Sun Country), Nassau (American), Oranjestad (American), Providenciales (American), Punta Cana (American, Sun Country), St. Kitts (American, Sun Country), San Juan (American), and Santo Domingo (American).

What’s a good price on a flight from Dallas to the Caribbean?

Regular prices for a roundtrip flight from Dallas to the Caribbean range from $700-$900 in high season and $550-$800 in low season. A good price on a flight from Dallas to the Caribbean is $300-$500 in high season and $200-$350 in low season.

Examples of cheap flights from Dallas to the Caribbean:

How do I find cheap flights from Dallas to Canada?

Dallas is well connected to several major cities across Canada, with direct flights taking 3-4 hours. To reach smaller destinations, you’ll likely connect through another Canadian hub.

What cities in Canada can I reach on direct flights from Dallas?

From Dallas-Fort Worth airport, there are direct flights to Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver operated by Air Canada and American, and direct flights to Calgary operated by American.

What’s a good price on a flight from Dallas to Canada?

Regular prices for a roundtrip flight from Dallas to Canada range from $500-$650 in high season and $400-$550 in low season. A good price on a flight from Dallas to Canada is $300-$400 in high season and $200-$350 in low season.

Examples of cheap flights from Dallas to Canada:

How do I find cheap flights from Dallas to Hawaii or Alaska?

Direct flights from Dallas serve three of Hawaii’s islands, though you may be able to find cheaper flights that connect in a city like LA, San Francisco, Seattle, or Portland. Similarly, there is a direct flight to Anchorage, but connecting in Seattle may provide more options for deals.

What cities or islands in Hawaii can I reach on direct flights from Dallas?

From DFW there are direct flights to Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island on American.  

What’s a good price on a flight from Dallas to Hawaii?

Regular prices for a roundtrip flight from Dallas to Hawaii range from $950-$1,250 in high season and $700-$950 in low season. A good price on a flight from Dallas to Hawaii is $500-$650 in high season and $400-$550 in low season

What cities in Alaska can I reach on direct flights from Dallas?

From DFW there are direct flights to Anchorage on American.

What’s a good price on a flight from Dallas to Alaska?

Regular prices for a roundtrip flight from Dallas to Alaska range from $1,000-$1,200 in high season and $700-$900 in low season. A good price on a flight from Dallas to Alaska is $550-$650 in high season and $350-$450 in low season.

Examples of cheap flights from Dallas to Alaska and Hawaii:

How much time do I need to connect in Dallas?

There are five terminals at DFW. Terminals A, B, C and E serve domestic flights while Terminal D serves all international routes. The free Skylink light rail train connects all five terminals and is the shortest route between terminals post-security. The train operates 24 hour per day and trains arrive every two minutes; the average ride time is five minutes, while the longest ride between terminals is nine minutes.

Because the terminals are so well connected, for a domestic-to-domestic connection at DFW the minimum connection time is just 40 minutes (though you may want to allow additional time for a more leisurely connection and less risk that a delayed flight could derail your plans). The minimum is the same for a domestic-to-international connection, but again you may want to allow more.

For an international-to-domestic connection, the minimum is 85 minutes, but as anyone who has sprinted through an airport exhausted after a delayed long-haul flight and long customs lines knows, it’s better to pad that time a bit. All passengers arriving from abroad will need to go through customs and immigration, retrieve any checked luggage and recheck it, transfer terminals, and go back through security. The free Terminal Link van shuttle leaves every 10 minutes and connects all terminals outside of security.  

If you're connecting from DFW to Love Field on an international-to-domestic connection, allow three hours as you'll need to go through customs and immigration at DFW, collect any luggage, travel between the airports, recheck luggage if needed, and go through security. The two airports are only 30 minutes apart by taxi, but delays happen and a shorter connection means more risk. If you're connecting from Love Field to DFW on a domestic-to-international connection, you could likely schedule a slightly shorter connection, but it could become stressful if your first flight is delayed or there's heavy traffic. Four to five hours provides a lot more wiggle room.

How much time do I need for a layover in Dallas?

From DFW there are a few options to get to downtown Dallas. Public transport costs only a few dollars but can take about an hour. From the station at Terminal A, take DART Rail Orange Line or hop on the free bus from any terminal to the Remote South Parking Lot where you can jump on DART bus route 408 or the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) commuter rail. A taxi will take about 30 minutes (though allow more in case of heavy traffic or other delays) and cost about $45. From Love Field, you can take the Green or Orange Line downtown; the journey takes about 30 minutes total. A taxi takes about 15 minutes for the six-mile journey.

If you want to do more than grab a quick bite and hurry back to the airport, you’ll need at least 5-6 hours for your layover (more if you’re connecting from an international flight or will be traveling during rush hour). Seven or eight hours would allow a slightly more relaxed schedule, with time to visit downtown sites like JFK Memorial Plaza, the Holocaust Museum, Dallas Aquarium, or the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (which focuses on the life and assassination of JFK).

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Last Updated 
May 16, 2019
The Ultimate Guide to Cheap International Flights from Dallas
Julian Mu
Flight Expert, North America

Julian has traveled to over 22 countries and is constantly adding places to his bucket list. He once drove 12 hours from Washington, D.C. to Montreal because he was bored. While Julian loves new sights, food is the real reason why he travels anywhere. When not searching for cheap flights, Julian likes to convince people that he would be the first ever 5’11’’ tight end for the Washington Redskins.

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