The cheapest times to fly from DTW to TAO are

  • January 15th to April 15th
  • May 14th to July 15th (except the weeks of May 21st and June 11th)
  • October 15th to December 9th

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 TAO is late November to early December. Prices can be as high as $2907 for Saturday flights during mid August, or as low as $1191 for Monday flights around late November to early December.


When to Fly to Qingdao

Flying from Detroit, MI (DTW) to Qingdao (TAO) will usually cost between $1242 to $2319 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late November to early December with an average ticket price of $1239. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid August, with an average price of $2550. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1310 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1405 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DTW to TAO flight.

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

DTW to TAO Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DTW to TAO flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from Detroit. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.13, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Monday is usually the cheapest day to fly to TAO, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into DTW. Saturdays 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 $132 (8%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Monday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1507. Return trip prices are from the TAO 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 TAO can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 13 hour 14 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking DTW to TAO

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 DTW to TAO — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Los Angeles, CA (DTW > LAX > TAO)

  • Price for both tickets: $991
  • Average savings: $415 (29.5%)

See DTW to LAX flights

Hack #2: Vancouver (DTW > YVR > TAO)

  • Price for both tickets: $1004
  • Average savings: $401 (28.54%)

See DTW to YVR flights

Hack #3: New York, NY (DTW > JFK > TAO)

  • Price for both tickets: $1019
  • Average savings: $386 (27.47%)

See DTW to JFK flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 15 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air China, Air France, ANA, Asiana, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, JAL, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Shandong, Shenzhen, United, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Liuting Airport to Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6810 miles or 10960 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DTW to TAO flight is about 13 hour 14 minutes.

How many flights go between Detroit, MI and Qingdao?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 8 available flights from DTW to TAO.


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 TAO
Destination airport name Liuting Airport
City Qingdao
Country China
Latitude 36.3
Longitude 120.4


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