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Delta has round-trip flights from Austin (AUS) to Minneapolis (MSP) for $123-$132, NONSTOP. June to November. Weekends available in August and September with Extended weekends available in October.
Note: Carry-on bag is allowed for free on Delta. You can avoid paying for seat selection by accepting the randomly assigned seat at the gate.
- Weekend Example Dates: (BookingBuddy / Priceline) Aug 16 – Aug 18 / Aug 23 – Aug 25 / Aug 23 – Aug 26 / Sep 13 – Sep 15 / Sep 13 – Sep 16 / Other dates: There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own.
- Extended Weekend Example Dates: (BookingBuddy / Priceline) May 30 – Jun 02 / JuL 25 – JuL 30 / Aug 01 – Aug 04 / Aug 01 – Aug 05 / Aug 08 – Aug 11 / Aug 08 – Aug 13 / Aug 15 – Aug 18 / Aug 15 – Aug 20 / Aug 16 – Aug 20 / Aug 16 – Aug 21 / Aug 22 – Aug 25 / Aug 22 – Aug 26 / Aug 22 – Aug 27 / Aug 23 – Aug 27 / Aug 23 – Aug 28 / Sep 12 – Sep 15 / Sep 12 – Sep 16 / Sep 12 – Sep 17 / Sep 13 – Sep 17 / Sep 13 – Sep 18 / Sep 19 – Sep 24 / Sep 26 – Sep 29 / Sep 26 – Sep 30 / Sep 26 – Oct 01 / Oct 03 – Oct 06 / Oct 03 – Oct 08 / Oct 11 – Oct 15 / Oct 11 – Oct 16 / Oct 24 – Oct 27 / Oct 24 – Oct 28 / Oct 24 – Oct 29 / Other dates: There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own.
- TUE/WED Example Dates: (BookingBuddy / Priceline) Aug 06 – Aug 13 / Aug 07 – Aug 14 / Aug 13 – Aug 20 / Aug 14 – Aug 21 / Aug 20 – Aug 27 / Aug 21 – Aug 28 / Sep 10 – Sep 17 / Sep 11 – Sep 18 / Sep 17 – Sep 24 / Sep 18 – Sep 25 / Sep 24 – Oct 01 / Sep 25 – Oct 02 / Oct 01 – Oct 08 / Oct 02 – Oct 09 / Oct 09 – Oct 16 / Oct 15 – Oct 22 / Oct 29 – Nov 05 / Oct 30 – Nov 06 / Other dates: There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own.
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- Previous Lowest Price Average: $239
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