klm672 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2639 posts, RR: 3 Posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2345 times:
Hi. I have a family wedding down in MSY. I will be leaving from DFW area. I am looking at flights and it appears that the direct flights are on NK, WN and AA. WN seems to be the cheapest at roughly $324 for two people. I see that driving is about 8 hours. Has anyone done this (or similiar route) in the past? Any recommendations or suggestions?
IAHflyer97 From United States of America, joined Jun 2013, 741 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2339 times:
Driving may end up being cheaper, but if price doesn't matter much to you, then This may sound like a cheesy answer. But it honestly depends on your outlook. My family and I drove 1,300 miles (straight through too, no stops) last year for a wedding and it was a better option than flying. I personally would drive as it alleviates many hassles and you can just get there and use your own car and have anything you need.
Now that I've thought more about it, driving takes roughly an hour and a half more than flying. But you have flexibility in doing what you want when you drive. For example, you want food on a flight? Fork over $10. Want food on the road, give $10 for a bag full of burgers (did that yesterday after I landed, totally worth it).
[Edited 2014-06-25 12:18:48]
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dfwjim1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2011, 839 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2303 times:
When I lived in the DFW area I would often travel between DFW and MSY both by car and plane and personally I enjoyed driving more than flying especially if I was not traveling by myself. Depending on the type of car you have you will probably spend between $180 and $200 in gas plus wear and tear but you will have your own vehicle to use in MSY rather than paying for a rental. As mentioned above you will get more and better food for your money on the road. Another advantage to driving to MSY is that you can be half way down the road in the time it would take to get to the airport, deal with checking in and going thru security, flying, recovering any checked luggage and picking up a rental car. The drive really is not too bad especially if you leave early in the morning from DFW.
Anyway, have a great trip no matter which mode you choose!