The cheapest times to fly from FAI to RDU are

  • January 8th to March 4th
  • July 30th to November 18th (except the week of August 27th)

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 FAI to RDU is late October to early November. Prices can be as high as $1284 for Sunday flights during mid December, or as low as $458 for Tuesday flights around late October to early November.


When to Fly to Raleigh

Flying from Fairbanks, AK (FAI) to Raleigh/Durham, NC (RDU) will usually cost between $522 to $958 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late October to early November with an average ticket price of $526. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $1071. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $545 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $662 can be considered a good price for a round-trip FAI to RDU flight.

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

FAI to RDU Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the FAI to RDU flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Fairbanks. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.12, which is far 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 $110 (15%) 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 $634. Return trip prices are from the RDU to FAI 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 FAI to RDU can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 7 hour 6 minutes may not 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 not usually a nonstop flight from FAI to RDU while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, NC

  • 130 miles (209 km) away from RDU
  • Usually 8.16% less expensive than RDU
  • 1-layover flights available

See FAI to CLT flights


Flight Hacking FAI to RDU

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 FAI to RDU — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Chicago, IL (FAI > ORD > RDU)

  • Price for both tickets: $632
  • Average savings: $31 (4.61%)

See FAI to ORD flights

Hack #2: Seattle, WA (FAI > SEA > RDU)

  • Price for both tickets: $643
  • Average savings: $20 (2.95%)

See FAI to SEA flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from FAI to RDU? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 5 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Ravn Alaska, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Fairbanks International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 3398 miles or 5469 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from FAI to RDU?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop FAI to RDU flight is about 7 hour 6 minutes.

How many flights go between Fairbanks, AK and Raleigh/Durham, NC?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 87 available flights from FAI to RDU.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeFAI
Origination airport nameFairbanks International Airport
CityFairbanks, AK
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeRDU
Destination airport nameRaleigh-Durham International Airport
CityRaleigh/Durham, NC
Countrythe United States


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