Go Back  Fodor's Forum > Destinations > United States
Reload this Page > Thoughts on Airfare NY-Savannah-Charleston-NY?
Notices

Thoughts on Airfare NY-Savannah-Charleston-NY?

Reply

Jan 1st, 2013, 03:31 PM
  #1
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 553
Thoughts on Airfare NY-Savannah-Charleston-NY?

Hello everyone! I'm currently planning an early April trip to Savannah and Charleston, and am pricing airfare. I'll be flying in from Los Angeles and meeting up with family in NY beforehand. So I'm accustomed to pricing from the west coast, but not as familiar with costs for flying up and down the eastern seaboard. Currently I'm finding open jaw flights between $310 and $350 that will work with our itinerary. This seems pretty reasonable to me, but was hoping I could get input from Fodorites more familiar with the route? I've also considered RT flights from NY to SAV (very expensive) and RT NY to CHS (cheap, but would require keeping the car whole time), but when I weigh parking and backtracking vs different city rental car drop-off, open jaw still seems the way to go. Any thoughts on the airfare I'm finding would be much appreciated. If my instincts are right and $310 seems pretty good, I'm hoping to book before the rates go up. Thanks!
jv827 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 1st, 2013, 03:37 PM
  #2
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 742
I was in Charleston in October and when we were researching, were very surprised at the airfare costs from Newark to Savannah (so decided to go to Charleston). I think my airfare was around $270, but $310 sounds pretty good!
MP07950 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 1st, 2013, 03:49 PM
  #3
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 30,441
Open jaw as into Charleston and out of Savannah? You are going to need a car and if you do open jaw are you going to have to pay a drop charge????
Dukey1 is online now  
Reply With Quote
Jan 1st, 2013, 04:05 PM
  #4
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 553
Thanks for the replies, MP97950 and Dukey1. I want to leave Charleston for the last 3 nights of the trip. So I'm planning for us to fly into Savannah, stay 2 nights, pick up the rental and drive to Charleston (where we'll use it to visit a few plantations), and then drop the car there before heading back to NY. Even with the different city drop-off, costs are still less than flying RT to Savannah, renting a car to drive to Charleston, and then driving back to Savannah. It's also less than flying RT into Charleston, driving to Savannah, keeping the car for 5 nights, and then returning to Charleston. I'd also prefer open jaw since it's a very short trip and I'll be traveling with my mother. Road trips are nothing for me (especially super short ones like this), but I know even 2 hour drives can be a little tiring and I'd like to make everything as easy as possible for her.
jv827 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 2nd, 2013, 01:43 AM
  #5
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 10,168
Your ideas are sound. Savannah is a small airport and generally more expensive and less convenient than Charleston.

The other flights to look at would be from Jacksonville, FL, about 2 hours south of Savannah.

But 310 is a good price.
Ackislander is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 2nd, 2013, 10:56 AM
  #6
TC
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,859
I've been researching Charleston & Savannah. I spent one quick night in Charleston over Thanksgiving and can't wait to go back. During that trip I met with several people who live there. When I mentioned that I'd like to do both C&S, they all said..."stay in Charleston and drive up to Savannah for lunch one day". I think the drive is only an hour or so and according to, not only the people who live there, but other East Coast friends who have visited both - Savannah really only requires a few hours to "see".

I would fly in and out of CHS. Rent a car for one day and do Savannah. Seems the flights are cheaper for you and the car rental will also be less expensive.

Or with a mother who doesn't travel well...I would skip Savannah altogether and just concentrate on Charleston. I truly don't believe one needs to do both. Charleston will fill your days beautifully.

BTW: I stayed at the Holiday Inn --- yes, a Holiday Inn, in Charleston. The Holiday Inn - Mill House is right in the historic district and is a beautiful restoration of the original inn. The courtyard and breakfast buffet were wonderful and you can literally walk right out the door to great restaurants.

For our spring trip, I've been checking out some of the vacation rentals that are listed for the "Historic" section of Charleston. More room than a hotel and many look absolutely charming. A two bedroom might work for you and mom.

http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals...rea/charleston

Good luck!
TC is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 2nd, 2013, 01:01 PM
  #7
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 10,168
It is 108 miles and a bit over two hours at the most optimistic estimate.

I bet if you were in Savannah and had asked about splitting your time, the Savannans would have said, "Oh, just pop up to Charleston for lunch! Everything worth seeing is here!"

Both cities have fierce and loyal partisans and deservedly so, but they are like London and Paris: it would take a brave person to say that one is better than the other or one is a must-see and the other is not.
Ackislander is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 2nd, 2013, 04:59 PM
  #8
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 553
Very true, Ackislander. With two cities that are both so lovely sounding and with such historical significance, I know there are many champions for each (and I still have to read "The Book.") Since my mother probably won't return to the area, I wouldn't want to miss Savannah or attempt to do it in a few hours (especially with us wanting to walk the squares, see a few key homes and also visit the Bonaventure Cemetery.) But TC, you did remind me that I was considering losing one night in Savannah (still giving us 1 1/2 days there), and heading to Charleston that afternoon instead. That would allow us to start touring Charleston first thing in the morning and have 3 full days there. I'm now considering that as an option, although it'd be helpful if the cost for our Charleston hotel was comparable to what I find in Savannah... Oh well, can't have it all!
jv827 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 2nd, 2013, 05:57 PM
  #9
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 19,700
We spent a short week in Charleston and Savannah last spring. We flew in from SF and then went to DC to attend a wedding. I could not find any decent prices flying in or out of Savannah, so we flew into Charleston, visited the city and then rented a car to visit a few plantations, drove to Savannah for a few days and back to the Charleston airport to fly to DC.

You might want to take a look at my trip report; click on my name to find it.
Michael is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 2nd, 2013, 08:53 PM
  #10
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 553
Thanks Michael! I actually read and saved a link to your report when I first started planning, so I know I found it helpful. Of course, now I've done so much research, I can't recall who said what! I'm going to re-read it now because the more I compare different options and costs, the more I think I'll probably forgo flying open jaw and fly RT through CHS as you did. I may come back with some questions, so hoping you'll still be around.
jv827 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 3rd, 2013, 04:24 AM
  #11
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 15,564
I think RT to Charleston is a lot better. It is easy to get to the airport. Savannah isn't that far, and there are some places to see en route that a car will be nice to have.
Gretchen is online now  
Reply With Quote
Jan 8th, 2013, 08:30 PM
  #12
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,088
JV,
Check out Jet Blue for your dates. Service between JFK and Charleston starts Feb. 28.
ronkala is offline  
Reply With Quote
 



Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:14 AM.