Best Airport for Palm Desert

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May 25th, 2014, 10:51 AM
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Best Airport for Palm Desert

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We are heading to Palm Desert for a long weekend in the Fall. I was going to start to look for airfare but am unsure as to which airport we should use. Any advice?
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May 25th, 2014, 10:54 AM
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Palm Springs - PSP is very close; next best is Ontario (ONT.)
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May 25th, 2014, 02:13 PM
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No Venice?
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May 25th, 2014, 03:03 PM
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The Palm Springs airport is 11 miles from Palm Desert.
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May 25th, 2014, 04:07 PM
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Thanks. Direct flights to Palm Springs seem difficult to get from our airport so I am looking at LAX or Orange County or San Diego. I can go direct to all of these. Do any of these make more sense than any of the others? I recognize it will be a drive.

MichelleY, Venice is without the kids. This trip is with them.
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May 25th, 2014, 04:28 PM
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A one-stop flight can easily end up being faster than a flight to LAX, SNA or SAN followed by bag claim, rental car shuttle, and a 2+ hour drive through southern California traffic.
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May 25th, 2014, 11:07 PM
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>>Direct flights to Palm Springs seem difficult to get from our airport so I am looking at LAX or Orange County or San Diego.<<

I don't get your logic. Is it better to connect somewhere and arrive practically next door in Palm Springs . . . OR . . . fly non-stop and then have to drive HOURS to Palm Desert?

But if Palm Springs doesn't work, check Ontario.
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May 26th, 2014, 05:53 AM
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The drives from LAX, SNA and SAN are not very interesting and could take much longer than you may realize. You could wind up in some really awful traffic on any of those freeways.
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May 26th, 2014, 01:01 PM
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We flew into San Diego on Southwest and thought it was pretty and without much bad traffic. I believe it took about two and a half hours to drive to the Palm Springs/Palm Desert area. To some people that seems way too far, but to us Texans, it is nothing.
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May 26th, 2014, 03:04 PM
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Ontario, it's a lot cheaper to fly into ONT. It's an easy airport.
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May 26th, 2014, 07:09 PM
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Get your best rate if you can't fly into Palm Springs - at any of the SoCal airports - as they are all about 2 hours (Ontario might be the closest) - from Palm Springs/the greater Coachella Valley.

We drove it from SD 50 times when the in laws lived in Palm Desert - and except for occasional Sat traffic on I-60 - (off the 215) that goes through the Morena Valley (which can be the fastest w/o any unusual traffic) - pretty much every route is 2 hours.
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May 26th, 2014, 07:12 PM
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And if you don't mind a few curves on a hillside - the drive over 79 - from Temecula - is beautiful.

You can also go through Julian which is a pretty mountain drive.

You don't really have to use the freeways - except from SD to Temecula - or from SD to the turnoff up to Julian, and except for morning (or evening)rush hour - no problemo.
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May 27th, 2014, 07:12 AM
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If your only direct flights are into SNA, San Diego and LAX - I would pick SNA - the car rental is very easy at SNA and it is a much easier airport to get out of than LAX.

But check your car rental rates before buying the tickets - they can at times vary greatly between airports. I flew into Southern California often over the last 4 years from Texas to visit.
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