The cheapest times to fly from DTW to JFK are

  • January 1st to March 18th (except the week of February 26th)
  • April 9th to June 10th (except the weeks of April 16th, May 7th, and May 14th)
  • September 3rd to September 30th
  • October 22nd to November 18th

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from DTW to JFK is late January and early February. Prices can be as high as $461 for Sunday flights during late December, or as low as $157 for Tuesday flights around late January and early February.


When to Fly to New York

Flying from Detroit, MI (DTW) to New York, NY (JFK) will usually cost between $172 to $354 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January and early February with an average ticket price of $172. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $344. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $172 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $199 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DTW to JFK flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the DTW to JFK route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

DTW to JFK Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DTW to JFK flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Detroit. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.24, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $93 (34%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $178. Return trip prices are from the JFK to DTW flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from DTW to JFK can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 54 minutes may be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is a nonstop flight from DTW to JFK while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York, NY

  • 11 miles (18 km) away from JFK
  • Usually 10.80% less expensive than JFK
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to LGA flights

Destination alternative #2: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) in Philadelphia, PA

  • 94 miles (151 km) away from JFK
  • Usually 5.53% less expensive than JFK
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to PHL flights

Destination alternative #3: Worcester Regional Airport (ORH) in Worcester, MA

  • 150 miles (241 km) away from JFK
  • Usually 2.01% less expensive than JFK
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to ORH flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from DTW to JFK? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 10 major airlines flying this route most often: American, China Eastern, Delta, Emirates, Hawaiian, Iberia, JetBlue, Qantas, Qatar Airways, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 507 miles or 816 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from DTW to JFK?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DTW to JFK flight is about 1 hour 54 minutes.

How many flights go between Detroit, MI and New York, NY?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 85 available flights from DTW to JFK.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code DTW
Origination airport name Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport
City Detroit, MI
Country the United States
Latitude 42.2
Longitude -83.4

Return Airport

Destination code JFK
Destination airport name John F. Kennedy International Airport
City New York, NY
Country the United States
Latitude 40.6
Longitude -73.8


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from DTW to JFK tend to depart late far less frequently than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 23% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 18% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave JFK heading for DTW about 34 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in New York, NY is about 32 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • Delta: 89 minutes late
  • Endeavor: 31 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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