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What is your longest drive to an airport with the best fare?

What is your longest drive to an airport with the best fare?

Nov 25th, 2007, 08:10 PM
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This summer I drove about fours hours from Atlanta to Charlotte to get a good deal to fly to the west coast. The funny thing was that the first leg of the flight went back to Atlanta to change planes!! With the three of us this saved over a thousand dollars.

Depending your situation, one possibility that sometimes works is to get a rental car and drive it to the airport(and vice versa on the way home). If that airport has expensive parking, the one way rental cars can be a lot less than the parking if you have along trip.

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Nov 25th, 2007, 08:12 PM
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Deborah, try airfarewatchdog.com. Search for flights from Dulles and ask for frequent email updates. I've had good luck with this site.

But as for your original question about flying from Philadelphia instead of IAD to save $200, I hate spending money but still would pay the extra $200 to fly from Dulles --especially in February, when weather can be awful. I flew through London last summer en route to Italy instead of flying non-stop, in order to save $300 but it ended up costing more AND being hugely aggravating.
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Nov 25th, 2007, 09:54 PM
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We prefer to rent a car and drive just over 2 hours to DFW rather than take a commuter flight from our city. To get a much cheaper fare, we will drive an hour longer to IAH. On our recent European trip we saved $600 by flying from IAH. Last trip we arrived IAH late and it was almost midnight when we got home -- safe and sound -- but that could be a safety issue if you're not used to late night driving.
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Nov 26th, 2007, 03:11 AM
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DeborahAnn..when you have searched for airfaraes have you thought of using WAS as the departure point? That will bring up all three airports (BWI, National, and Dulles) so you can compare prices.

You might also try using www.itasoftware.com and, in particular, their "month-long" view.
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Nov 26th, 2007, 05:06 AM
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Our local airport is tiny (three terminals, one jetway, brand new). So I typically drive either to JAX or MCO (about 1.5 hours each) for flights. I have driven to MIA for a flight out, a 5 hour drive - however, there were two other travelers that lived in Miami, and we met there for convenience. Not doing that again! The way down was fine, but the way back - oy! The flight was late coming back, so I missed my connecting flight to Orlando. My husband was picking me up from Orlando, and was on his way there. So I rented a car ($120!) for the hour drive up to Palm Beach and we met there. Ugh...
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Nov 26th, 2007, 05:09 AM
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thanks, Dukey, that is what I do on Kayak as well as get their daily buzz

I even tried to wade through all the jargon on flyertalk.com to see if I could find some better prices

Thanks for the advice. Deborah
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Nov 27th, 2007, 10:15 AM
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I am a little envious of those of you who have a lot of choice in this matter! The two *closest* airports to me are Edmonton (YEG, 4 hours drive) and Calgary (YYC, 5 hours drive). Long-haul flights from YEG usually cost the same or close to YYC, and usually stop or connect in YYC. In summer, I prefer the drive through the mountains to YYC - and have friends there with whom I can leave my vehicle and avoid parking charges. In winter, I fly out of YEG because the highway to Calgary can be iffy, or even closed occasionally. With distances like these, when flying out, we consider it a bonus if we can find a flight late enough in the day to avoid having to stay overnight the night before a flight. Incoming, we usually plan on staying overnight so as not to be driving home from the airport already exhausted from travelling.
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Nov 27th, 2007, 10:39 AM
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Flying from Paris to Florida, I accepted superb fares more than once to Miami although my actual destination was north of Tampa. I had to drive about 5 hours after spending 9 hours on the plane.
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Nov 27th, 2007, 10:57 AM
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Are you in Waco?
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Nov 27th, 2007, 11:17 AM
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Before I retired I lived in the San Francisco Bay area and it was a short trip by local train "BART".

Now we live on the northern California coast about a two hour drive to a larger city where we can take a shuttle for another 2 hours. So with the 3 hour early arrival time and the other time periods we are taking 7 hours prior to the actual flight.
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Nov 27th, 2007, 03:13 PM
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reading some of the drives people take to get to an international airport with good fares has certainly helped me to look beyond my area. A two hour drives now seems like a " walk in the park"

thanks, Deborah
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Nov 27th, 2007, 03:36 PM
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"I have driven 30 minutes... an hour... two hours... five hours... ten hours...."

"I loved it... hated it... cursed myself for short-sightedness ...glowed with pride at my travel savvy....."

No-one can tell you how far is TOO far to drive. And your question about return vs. departure is likewise unanswerable, without knowing how long was the flight and at what hour you arrived.

Deborah Ann, WHAT -- apart from making new friends -- is the purpose of your inquiry?

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Nov 27th, 2007, 04:07 PM
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Right now for Feb. on itasoftware I can get a flight from a cornfield in Iowa to Munich for $411.

Also look at flights to other cities in Europe from your home airport and then look here http://www.whichbudget.com/en/cheapflights.php?to=BVA
to find a cheap no-frills airfare to Paris Beauvais airport from another location in Europe or take the train.

The airport is basically an airplane hanger 40 min. outside Paris with a sad little shoe-box on a stick style ticket machine. For 10 euro you purchase a tix to Paris on a Greyhound type bus. You are herded to the bus and dropped off in a fringe arrondisement - can't remember where - there is a taxi stand and Metro station on the corner. YMMV- last trip to Europe was in 2003.

Always check weight allowances for no-frill airlines!

We flew Venice to Paris for 32 USD on Volare. Hope this helps.
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Nov 27th, 2007, 04:26 PM
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Ok I don't usually dig for people but for $1.48 you can fly from Munich to Paris Orly on Air Berlin on 2/11, 12, or 13th. Various rates on other days. http://www.airberlin.com/site/index....96961571965952
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Nov 27th, 2007, 05:29 PM
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tedgale, information I found helpful from this post from my "new friends" was the fact that you can set up arrangements with hotels for a fly/park, I wasn't aware that was possible

also that unlike advising not to drive after arrival from a transatlantic flight few have recommended not driving after their return flight

I also have an appreciation for the effort many posters have to make to get to an airport regardless of the price

thanks tinlizzy for the link to airberlin, certainly good prices, Deborah

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Nov 27th, 2007, 05:45 PM
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I live about an hour from Baltimore in PA and I always search BWI, Dulles, Reagan & Philly. We compare ticket prices but also layovers and connecting cities. Fortunately for us, we can usually find good direct flights to Europe by comparing all 4 airports.

I probably wouldn't consider driving further than Philly, but I have looked at flights out of Newark & JFK just to see what's out there. It's that drive home that I wouldn't want to do after a long flight.
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Nov 27th, 2007, 06:15 PM
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It takes me about 40 to 45 minutes to get to the Ft. Myers airport, but more often than not I'll choose Ft. Lauderdale, which is about an hour and a half. Fares are sometimes lower, but more often it is about getting a direct flight rather than having to change somewhere. Miami is about the same distance (takes a little longer actually to get to) and I'll choose it for direct international flights.

American Airlines does the nice perk of allowing you to fly in or out of Ft. Lauderdale or Miami interchangeably as if they were the same airport -- farewise.
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Nov 28th, 2007, 08:34 PM
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DanM - No, I'm in Tyler. Are you in Waco?
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Nov 29th, 2007, 01:58 AM
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We drove 2.5/3 hours (depending on traffic) to JFK from Massachusetts for a great fare and a direct flight to Rome. We usually fly BOS which is 1 1/4 hours from our home. The ride back from JFK was tough as we landed after 9:30 at night and actually got out of the economy lot at JFK around 11:00 pm. That said, we're doing it again in March.
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Nov 29th, 2007, 03:41 AM
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When the wife and I dream about retiring as much as we hate big cities and prefer rural locales, we have given considerable thought to the proximity of airports with international carriers. I would love to retire to the most remote of Pennsylvania communities but the thought of a 5 hour drive two or three times per year just to get to an airport for my anticipated foreign forays, destroys that idyllic plan.

Right now we live almost equi-distant from Newark and Philadelphia while Laguardia and JFK are also viable options. On a good day it'll take us an hour and a half to the two closest airports. That drive coupled with perhaps 3-4 hours waiting in the airport, another 6-8 hours on a plane, maybe another hour in the arriving airport followed by a possible few more hours driving to our first hotel leaves this Old Geezer rather exhausted as it is.
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