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August Best time to beat the crowds with an average 37% drop in price.

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January Most popular time to fly with an average 18% increase in price.

Average price round-trip

$287 (avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal round-trip

$260 or less

Good deal one-way

$168 or less

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  • Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $168 or less one-way and $260 or less round-trip.
  • The cheapest flight from Tampa to Columbia Metropolitan was found 24 days before departure, on average.
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  • High season is considered to be December, January and February. The cheapest month to fly is August.
  • Morning departure is around 22% cheaper than an evening flight, on average*.
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Top airlines flying Tampa to Columbia Metropolitan

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American Airlines
Overall score based on 44,894 reviews
7.5
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7.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
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Food
Airline reviews

Cons: "Business class - never offered food or drink for entire flight."

Pros: "Plane had three delays. Apparently American mechanics are not allowed to strike so they have these fake or very slow mechanical issues."
Cons: "Be on time. We missed our overseas connection and had to buy new tickets to Italy"

Pros: "Good seating and pleasant crew."
Cons: "Board in reverse order so the back of the plane gets filled first"

Pros: "It was an average flight"
Cons: "Delay of 2 hrs and it wasn't due to weather"

Pros: "Friendly attentive crew"
Cons: "The only entertainment was streaming movies via your own device. Not the end of the world but most people have come to expect having personal video monitors. Delta is adding them but AA is taking away."

Cons: "Our original flight was cancelled so we were rebooked for a much later flight which impacted our vacation. Call system was not working efficiently."

Pros: "Crew was great. No electrical outlets, wntertainment was mediocre. This was an old 747 that needs an update."

Cons: "The space between seats is very short!!"

Pros: "Crew was polite and respectful"
Cons: "Communication was irregular, a meal was promised that was never delivered, delay on tarmac handled poorly"

Cons: "LATE ! ! ! LATE ! ! ! And “AA” has a really good reputation ... so pretty bummed out ... the apologized ... and did what hey could to make the flight more pleasant ... but i’m here for my daughter who’s having surgery in the morning and .. it’s now 0107 and we should have been here at 2356 ... and we are all tired"

Cons: "Flight got Delayed but they were efficient enough to get an alternate flight as fast as possible"

Pros: "Decent boarding group, same snacks, same flight attendants (who were very nice)"
Cons: "My only gripe is that paying for an assigned seat is only allowed 48 hours before takeoff and costs at least $30, twice what Spirit charges to allow you to select a seat during booking, so it is worse. No one watched us to ensure that we didn’t use the overhead bins (a stipulation of the fare) but we did comply anyway. We chose to take our chances and were assigned seats at the gate 16 rows apart and both in the middle seat."

Pros: "Average. Expectation for US airlines are so low this flight score average."

Pros: "I liked the way the AA gate supervisor too charge of the problem and solved it, with great deal of personal imvolvement and follow up. Also check-in crew was very much the best. I would say that AA showed the best of passages care to me. Truly outstanding."
Cons: "Because of a mixup, though not of AA doing, I was literally forgotten at the gate. However, AA personnel showed the very best of can-do attitude and got me home for Thanksgiving. I am very proud of everyone working at AA at the TPA airport."

Cons: "I called your customer service department which I believe is in India or Pakistan three times to ask them to help with an alternative flight and each time I got different information, when I asked to speak to a supervisor I was told by the punk on the end of the phone that that wouldn't be possible. I asked for his name and employee number and he told me his name was Michael, difficult to believe when he sounded Indian"

Pros: "Staff"

Pros: "Food was okay.."
Cons: "Had a bulk head seat that turned out to be not one."

Pros: "Timely I have no complaints. The flight went well."
Cons: "Timely I have no complaints. The flight went well."

Cons: "Horrible long delays."

Cons: "Too cold on the plane"

Pros: "Arrived early"
Cons: "Couldn't get movies to play"

Pros: "The only good thing about the flight is that it was nonstop."
Cons: "This four-hour flight had no movie and no seatback entertainment system. It didn't even offer SiriusXM to listen to. How old exactly was this plane?!"

Pros: "Good air and great stewardesses"

Cons: "Horrible experience in the ground system, they charged me $240 for my bags and the staff are really confused."

Pros: "otherwise ok"
Cons: "2hr delay"

Pros: "Very friendly staff, on time, most of all very comfortable."
Cons: "The Oppurtunity that could improve is the boarding in plane to have passengers board in groups."

Pros: "Delayed 2 hours out of charlotte. Missed flight to Madrid. Newark people are rude"
Cons: "Look above"

Pros: "It was fine"
Cons: "It was a full flight, but I cannot complain"

Cons: "Too many delays Seats too cramped Too much crowding at boarding ...need a single file roped off lines for boarding passengers by group numbers so there would be less shoving, K coming people down, and stepping on feet."

Pros: "Attentive staff, easy boarding"
Cons: "AA got rid of the video screens on the chair in front of you; poor snack selection"

Pros: "Great crew!"
Cons: "Pilot did a great job getting here, but gate was blocked by a fuel truck and sat on the tarmac for an extra 20 minutes! Pilot has now asked for a tug to pull us in."

Pros: "Everything went fairly seamlessly despite having a pacted plane."

Pros: "Comfort and quick boarding"
Cons: "Flight attendants were a bit dry and less than over zealous. Connecting gate in Charlotte was really far from where we landed. I had little time to get there."

Pros: "Boarding process was quick and staff was decent."
Cons: "Tiny seats, everyone was uncomfortable because of this. No in flight entertainment."

Pros: "I flew first class. Philadelphia airport is horrendous. I chose to fly first class to avoid lines and make flying by my lonesome go more smoothly. There are no special lines for first class there are absolutely no perks to flying first class out of Philly. The first class flight attendant was rude. They ran out of hot food by the time they got to me so I was served yogurt ... I don't eat yogurt. I waited 40 minutes for my luggage to arrive at baggage claim. The flight to Philadelphia from Tampa was a good experience. They had first class lines. The airport was cleaner. The flight attendant Steve, was kind and professional. I was served a hot lunch. I'm a diabetic and when my blood sugar went low he got me orange juice quickly. I waited maybe 10 minutes for luggage at baggage claim. However with the horrific experience in Philadlephia I may never fly American again. Definitely will never fly out of Philadelphia again. I was told by the woman who I sat next to on the way home that she hates American and usually flys Delta for her business trips."
Cons: "AVOID FLYING OUT OF PHILADELPHIA!!!"

Pros: "Flight on time"

Cons: "Delays"

Pros: "Friendly staff, on time"
Cons: "No issues"

Cons: "NEVER GOT THE TICKETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Pros: "Small seats, no consideration for disabled travelers. Pretzels suck. One 30 min tv show on 2.5 hour flight. No bathroom for handicap. Cheap airfare is the only reason I fly American. One attendant asked me, with attitude, if I was going to get off the plane...before realizing I can't physically walk. Her face turned white as a ghost when she realized what she had said and how she had said it."
Cons: "See above"

Pros: "Check in was good."
Cons: "Hate paying for bags. It's silly."

Pros: "Departure on time, arriving on time. Great flight"

Pros: "comfortable seating"
Cons: "For the crew members not to speak so loudly in the back while people are sleeping on overnight flights. If the entertainment is going to be through an App on your person devices charging outlets should be available."

Cons: "America Airlines...worst service and just a horrible experience"

Pros: "I like the comfort and the cheap prices of the fear rates"

Cons: "American cancelled flight after all day wait because they could not find a first officer."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Not good my carry on bag they send it under and they said I get it at my final destination"

Cons: "My flight was cancelled I am told due to lack of crew. What the heck??? It took me all day to get home waiting on standby flights."

Cons: "I was delayed for an hour leaving Tampa and my connection in Charlotte was canceled. So I did not get into JFK until 12:15 in the morning. I asked for a food voucher from American in Charlotte and was denied after waiting so many hrs in Charlotte to get on a 10.05pm to jfk, that was terrible."

Pros: "Hetti g home"
Cons: "Checking in terrible over two to get checked in and boarding. Cabin service very very slow and to top it all our luggage did now show at destination"

Pros: "Good crew , on time boarding."
Cons: "Entertainment system didn't work for a whole aisle. Crew didn't even acknowledge that it was not working."

Pros: "The crew were attentive and helpful."
Cons: "Small and cramped seats."

Pros: "This flight was good better than I thought it would be crew very nice."
Cons: "Seat didn't recline."

Cons: "Seat was broken and light didn’t work. Terrible response when I pointed it out."

Pros: "The crew were always really helpful and kind. They were happy to speak English or Japanese."
Cons: "Despite stitching when I could and as soon as I could. Lower back buttocks hurt pretty bad half way through the flight. This is a knock on the airline industry and not so much ANA. Comfort levels start diminish when you try to squeeze as many seats as you can into airplane. Especially, for people like me who are at least 6' tall. Also, the food was very meh. This was surprising because all my other experiences with ANA were quite the opposite."

Pros: "Cheap price"
Cons: "none"

Pros: "Crew was pleasant served a snack and drink, flight was good got us there on time pleasantly surprised thanks United ."
Cons: "Slow boarding process should use front and rear boarding but then again all airlines do it and flight boarded 30 minutes behind schedule"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "From the surly check in personnel, to the confused boarding. Even less charming than usual. The flight was scheduled to depart at 11:40 from Tampa to Newark. Twenty minute delay for boarding and then additional 40 minute ground delay. Flight scheduled from 11:40 to 2:20 p.m. Onboard the flight attendant came through with the food carte. Were any of the "lunch" items available? "No, we only have snack items on this flight." But it's during lunch time... "It's not a long enough flight." WHO COULD MAKE THIS UP? We declined to complain for fear we would be thrown from the plane. Oh yes, I have 1,800,000 miles on United."

Cons: "Seats so cramped. Fat person next to me invaded my space in my middle seat"

Cons: "horrible service representative in newark."

Pros: "Quick flight, good service"
Cons: "Delay on return flight."

Pros: "The crew , living on time"
Cons: "I had no dislikes"

Cons: "The crew was pretty rude on this flight for some reason."

Pros: "Flight is okay but may turn horrible when one is flying on an EMPTY stomach . At least they could add a few dollars to the ticket price and carry out this most needed thing --- FOOD"

Pros: "Clean airplane. Great crew. Happy with the trip from takeoff to landing. Our landing was very rough due to strong winds on runway. At one point, plane was a little sideways. But with the great crew in control of the plane...Safe landing. Scary...but lived to tell."
Cons: "That you don't at least get one show that is free on flight. A cooking show is what was the choice, but no control over the volume. And I can't read lips. So that really sucked."

Cons: "The wi fi did not work"

Pros: "No delays and on time arrivals, courteous staff"
Cons: "No complaints"

Cons: "My connecting flight was cancelled and had to be taken to another airport for a connecting flight and was told that it was overbooked Very stressful situation to wait to find out if we had a seat available on that flight if not wait till the next one. Terrible"

Cons: "The flight coming back to Houston was late."

Pros: "Ride was good. Attendants were good. Other passengers were cooperative and compliant."
Cons: "This plane, as most others nowadays, was cramped for space."

Pros: "Our flight attendant was very very accommodating and funny. also Mariana was able to change our seat assignments so all three friends were seared together"

Pros: "WiFi was awesome"
Cons: "Wish the TV preview was continuous & pay for movies but watch regular TV work no charge"

Pros: "Great service and smooth flight."

Cons: "Broken WiFi"

Pros: "Very friendly service"
Cons: "Nothing."

Cons: "Overcrowded, rude attendants, and attitudes. Was told my carry on was to be checked in due to overcrowding and I counted 9 yes 9 openings in the overhead compartments as I approached my seat. Delayed flight, 15 minutes to get to next flight and was not helped to get to the other end of the airport"

Pros: "Flight was on time, clean aircraft and friendly crew."

Pros: "The flight was good and with very little turbulance. Pilot did good with avoiding it!"
Cons: "Boarding is ridiculous! Why don't they load the last rows first so there are not people standing in the way and holding things up. I don't want to sit on a plane for 20-30 minutes with a child waiting to "go up in the air" its just more confusion. The lines to board were so long it was going into the next boarding area."

Pros: "The pilot and crew responded very well to the delay. Very friendly on the intercom, offered the small things like a full drink and tv access. Good response to a tough situation."
Cons: "Pilot mentioned we would be delayed so we could de-ice, understandable because it was freezing and had snowed all day. his original estimate on the delay was 30 minutes, it took over an hour at least."

Pros: "The agent who checked me in tried to find me a better connection, but in the end, it took me 9 hours to get from Tampa to Montreal. Never made Newark as I Hubbed in Chicago."
Cons: "Delays."

Pros: "CHANGE OF FLIGHT WARNINGS"
Cons: "United Airlines needed to repair plane caused a delay. But Safety First ;)"

Cons: "As an international traveler I find it annoying to have to pay for my bags on an internal domestic flight. There should be some reciprocation with partner airlines to cover baggage if coming from international to domestic flights"

Cons: "We boarded 40 minutes late, and there was no communication as to why or how long we would be waiting: Also, it was a full flight and there were no prior requests to check bags or how to board. Boarding took a very long time, once we finally started, because there was very little organization and they were taking bags to check once they didn't fit, while people were still getting on the plane. Also, crew members were holding up the line."

Pros: "Flight was on time leaving and was early landing"
Cons: "Leg room"

Cons: "Had a passenger mentioning having batteries, flight attandant ask him to push bag under seat, he said he couldnt and if the batteries were pressurized the plane would blow up, also the flight landing was very rough. Also my bags got lost both time, and i had pay baggage fees, in which my bags arrived the first flighg 1 day late and second flight 2 days late so all my clothing charger camera etc was unable to wear and use them over weekend. But still had to pay expensive baggage fees (65.00) first time and (25.00) second time."

Pros: "It was a quick effiicient flight. Boarding and security was a breeze."
Cons: "Peanuts and a few movies should not kill their budget. Especially if you have acreens in every seat. Charging $7 for a 2 hour flight is very expensivey"

Cons: "Flight didn't actually take off. Terrible updates regarding flight status."

Pros: "The flight was late departing.... Again as it was on both flights cae to ord and ord to cos. When I arrived back at cae on Jan 21 had to wait almost an hour before the baggage carousel started bringing bags up."
Cons: "The flight was late departing.... Again as it was on both flights cae to ord and ord to cos. When I arrived back at cae on Jan 21 had to wait almost an hour before the baggage carousel started bringing bags up."

Pros: "United has become the top low service/high cost Airline. I'm 6'3" and Found myself in a position for hours on end where I could not move my legs. Even with the seat in front of me upright my knees would touch it while my butt was fully up against my seat. Offered is a single drink but not even a lousy bag of pretzels. The entertainment is down to direct tv with a menu that is hard to navigate, earplug connections that need you to hold the plug so it will work and no option to pause or start when you want."

Pros: "NOTHING!!!!!! the worst experience traveling!!!"
Cons: "I did not like the way I was treated AT ALLL!!!! THE UNITED AIRLINES STAFF was HORRIBLE!!!!! NEVER FLYING WITH THEM AGAIN!!!!!"

Pros: "The staff were friendly and very helpful when my family member became sick on the plane and required a wheelchair. They were very easygoing and accommodating about it."
Cons: "I paid for the tv package both ways, and the movies I had watched were all the same on the way back, which felt like I had wasted money."

Pros: "They tried. Booked on next day out of a different airport. No help with transport or hotel because not their fault."
Cons: "Cancelled."

Cons: "Missed this flight because of the above info."

Cons: "Last flight was deleyed and finally got in the air by 2 and ended up turning around and going back to the airport. Once I got there they told me they didn't have flights for the next 3 days so I was stuck in sanfransico airport by myself after paying over 700 on my ticket."

Pros: "The plane was roomy... The flight attendants were pleasant... The bag checkin was inexpensive... Quality and excellent custoner service. I have traveled many airlines... United is by far my favorite after this experience... Thank you!"

Pros: "The flight was delayed 38 minutes. Boarding was not pleasant. Never have a Stewart come by. No entertainment."

Pros: "No problems whatsoever...in fact, we arrived 10 minutes early."

Pros: "very comfortable ride, no bumps at all."
Cons: "no snacks, didnt have my debit card to pay for the ones for sale"

Pros: "We liked everything we HAD the BEST time!"

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