The cheapest times to fly from CMI to REC are

  • January 29th to June 3rd (except the weeks of February 12th, February 19th, February 26th, and April 9th)
  • October 15th to November 25th

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 CMI to REC is early to mid March. Prices can be as high as $3655 for Sunday flights during mid December, or as low as $2020 for Tuesday flights around early to mid March.


When to Fly to Recife

Flying from Champaign/Urbana, IL (CMI) to Recife (REC) will usually cost between $2023 to $3431 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid March with an average ticket price of $2040. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $3570. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1530 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $2532 can be considered a good price for a round-trip CMI to REC flight.

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

CMI to REC Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the CMI to REC flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Champaign. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.33, which is in the normal range for a flight.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to REC, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into CMI. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly to Recife, and Fridays are the most expensive days to return to Champaign. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $582 (16%) 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 $2458. Return trip prices are from the REC to CMI 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 CMI to REC can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 9 hour 32 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking CMI to REC

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from CMI to REC — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Miami, FL (CMI > MIA > REC)

  • Price for both tickets: $1005
  • Average savings: $1527 (60.31%)

See CMI to MIA flights

Hack #2: Orlando, FL (CMI > MCO > REC)

  • Price for both tickets: $1082
  • Average savings: $1450 (57.27%)

See CMI to MCO flights

Hack #3: Fort Lauderdale, FL (CMI > FLL > REC)

  • Price for both tickets: $1221
  • Average savings: $1311 (51.78%)

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Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from CMI to REC? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 6 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Azul, British Airways, COPA, LATAM, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Guararapes Gilberto Freyre International Airport to University of Illinois/Willard Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 4754 miles or 7651 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from CMI to REC?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop CMI to REC flight is about 9 hour 32 minutes.

How many flights go between Champaign/Urbana, IL and Recife?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 3 available flights from CMI to REC.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeCMI
Origination airport nameUniversity of Illinois/Willard Airport
CityChampaign/Urbana, IL
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeREC
Destination airport nameGuararapes Gilberto Freyre International Airport


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