The cheapest times to fly from RDU to PSE are

  • January 15th to March 4th (except the week of February 12th)
  • August 20th 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 RDU to PSE is mid to late September. Prices can be as high as $965 for Sunday flights during mid December, or as low as $338 for Tuesday flights around mid to late September.


When to Fly to Ponce

Flying from Raleigh/Durham, NC (RDU) to Ponce, PR (PSE) will usually cost between $378 to $747 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid to late September with an average ticket price of $405. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $814. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $409 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $509 can be considered a good price for a round-trip RDU to PSE flight.

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

RDU to PSE Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the RDU to PSE flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Raleigh. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.22, 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 $123 (21%) 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 $475. Return trip prices are from the PSE to RDU 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 RDU to PSE can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 3 hour 35 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 RDU to PSE while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU) in San Juan, PR

  • 47 miles (76 km) away from PSE
  • Usually 23.38% less expensive than PSE
  • Nonstop flights available

See RDU to SJU flights

Destination alternative #2: Rafael Hernandez Airport (BQN) in Aguadilla, PR

  • 50 miles (80 km) away from PSE
  • Usually 10.81% less expensive than PSE
  • 1-layover flights available

See RDU to BQN flights

Destination alternative #3: Cyril E King Airport (STT) in Charlotte Amalie, VI

  • 107 miles (172 km) away from PSE
  • Usually 8.94% less expensive than PSE
  • 1-layover flights available

See RDU to STT flights

Destination alternative #4: Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) in Punta Cana

  • 124 miles (200 km) away from PSE
  • Usually 2.36% less expensive than PSE
  • 1-layover flights available

See RDU to PUJ flights


Flight Hacking RDU to PSE

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 RDU to PSE — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Orlando, FL (RDU > MCO > PSE)

  • Price for both tickets: $491
  • Average savings: $19 (3.63%)

See RDU to MCO flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 4 major airlines flying this route most often: Emirates, JetBlue, Qatar Airways, Silver Airways, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1443 miles or 2322 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop RDU to PSE flight is about 3 hour 35 minutes.

How many flights go between Raleigh/Durham, NC and Ponce, PR?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 66 available flights from RDU to PSE.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code RDU
Origination airport name Raleigh-Durham International Airport
City Raleigh/Durham, NC
Country the United States
Latitude 35.9
Longitude -78.8

Return Airport

Destination code PSE
Destination airport name Mercedita Airport
City Ponce, PR
Country the United States
Latitude 18
Longitude -66.6


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