The cheapest times to fly from MLI to MSP are

  • January 1st to November 18th (except the weeks of March 5th, July 16th, September 24th, October 22nd, and November 5th)
  • December 3rd to November 18th (except the weeks of December 17th, December 24th, March 5th, July 16th, September 24th, October 22nd, and November 5th)

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 MLI to MSP is early to mid December. Prices can be as high as $195 for Sunday flights during early November, or as low as $172 for Thursday flights around early to mid December.


When to Fly to Minneapolis

Flying from Moline, IL (MLI) to Minneapolis, MN (MSP) will usually cost between $172 to $181 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid December with an average ticket price of $172. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early November, with an average price of $177. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $5 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $181 can be considered a good price for a round-trip MLI to MSP flight.

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

MLI to MSP Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the MLI to MSP flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Moline. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.41, which is a bit above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Thursday is usually the cheapest day to fly to MSP, and Friday the cheapest day to fly back into MLI. 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 $1 (1%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Thursday and returning a week later will cost an average of $172. Return trip prices are from the MSP to MLI 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 MLI to MSP can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 28 minutes may be realistic.


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from MLI to MSP? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 4 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, Iberia, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport to Quad City International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 274 miles or 441 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from MLI to MSP?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop MLI to MSP flight is about 1 hour 28 minutes.

How many flights go between Moline, IL and Minneapolis, MN?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 63 available flights from MLI to MSP.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code MLI
Origination airport name Quad City International Airport
City Moline, IL
Country the United States
Latitude 41.4
Longitude -90.5

Return Airport

Destination code MSP
Destination airport name Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport
City Minneapolis, MN
Country the United States
Latitude 44.9
Longitude -93.2


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from MLI to MSP tend to depart late far less frequently than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 22% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 9% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave MSP heading for MLI about 16 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Minneapolis, MN is about 12 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 16 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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