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How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?  
User currently offline767Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3369 times:

I have driven 150 miles one way to fly Southwest out of Birmingham instead of taking Delta out of Atlanta.

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User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2694 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3361 times:

I'll be flying to BWI from MHT instead of going to PHL. PHL is a 45 minute drive from my house and BWI is 2.5. I save about $300 in airfare though, so I don't care about the extra drive!

Nick


User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3355 times:

I'd say 75-90 minutes...my main commercial airport (PHL) is 40 minutes away from me, so I'd prolly go as far as EWR, which can be done in 90 minutes in the right conditions...BWI is just too far for me personally...

Greg



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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12103 posts, RR: 49
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3352 times:
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The December after 9-11 B6 offered a low fare to NYC only available on Tuesday or Wednesday and to get people to NYC to shop, show support and such. So we drove from CLE to BUF almost three hours to take advantage of it.


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User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3343 times:

Unless commercial service is started at PAE, it's either a 30 mile drive to SEA, or a 3.5 hour drive to PDX. I have family in the Portland area, so flying from there is always an option worth considering. There was talk of Horizon Air (QX I think) starting PAE-PDX, but then came 9/11 and we haven't heard anything more. PAE is only 2 miles...practically walking distance, from where I live. Oh well, it will probably start after I move away.  Smokin cool

User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3308 times:

I'll be flying to BWI from MHT instead of going to PHL. PHL is a 45 minute drive from my house and BWI is 2.5. I save about $300 in airfare though, so I don't care about the extra drive!

Soon enough, you won't have to make the extra drive!



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User currently offlineCOEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1064 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3276 times:

Normally I only travel out of EWR due to the fact that it is only about 10-15min from my house. I also only use Continental so the low cost thing doesn't really apply. Say that though I went to go look at The Universitry of Alabama, Birmingham with a friend of mine and her parents paid for the tickets so I didn't have a say in the matter and to fly from EWR was over $1200 each and to fly WN from BWI was $191. So we had to drive 4 1/2hrs to BWI. What a pain in the butt at 2AM. I would never do that again. I just wouldn't go if that was the case. In the future the farthest I would go is LGA. And the fare difference would have to be well over $400 other wise its not worth it.

Dave


User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3264 times:

Last week we drove 3 1/2 hours to Kansas City to fly to Nashville. We paid $120/person or something like that while out of ICT, it would usually be at least $280/person. Since this was three people, this was a lot of money saved, but it was a pain. I used to think of going to Kansas City as a trip in itself but we are always running behind getting there and never get to enjoy anything up there. I hope AirTran will start flying to Knoxville or Nashville sometime soon.


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User currently offlineCessna172RG From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3229 times:

400 NM from where I live in WA to Vancouver BC.


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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3185 times:

Gas costs me about €0.07 a kilometer. Add maintenance, and you're at maybe €0.10 a kilometer.
If parking fees at both airports are the same, you can calculate when it's cheaper to take the higher fare.
Of course you have to do this at both ends of your trip.
If you're flying into another airport on the lower fare which is further from your destination take that distance into account as well.
If you're on a business trip, take your hourly rate into account as well (for me that would be about €100 an hour) for both the transfer and difference in flying times.

In the end, the higher airfare might well save you money.
For example flying AMS-LHR on BA is often effectively cheaper than flying AMS-LGW on EZY because the transit cost from LGW to the city is so much more expensive (in time the price) than the cost from LHR. This can amount to 15 pounds for a return trip, while flying EZY is often only about €10 cheaper than BA.



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User currently offlineSurfSlade From Guinea, joined Oct 2003, 124 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3167 times:

Being in Montreal I could drive 100 miles to BTV in order to fly Jetblue.

User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3153 times:

Drove three hours to Nashville, TN from Carbondale, Illinois tof ly Delta EXpress to MCO. TWA was too muhc.

My friends have driven 5 hours to SDF to fly Southwest to Baltimore. Made no sense.....lol

Alex.



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User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3083 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3146 times:

Living in the Bay Area, and all 3 of the airports being a huge joke, I frequently drive out to SMF, only about 100 miles. Better fairs, less crowded, and now plenty of destinations. Go SMF


Chris



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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5386 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3130 times:

No more than an hour to an hour and a half. I'll drive to Charlotte or Charleston if I can get a lower fare, but I wouldn't drive to Myrtle Beach (a 3 hr drive) or Atlanta (a 4 hr drive)


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User currently offlineKlm-md11 From Greece, joined Mar 2002, 471 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3120 times:


normally I fly form Amsterdam, a 40 minute drive. Early next year though i've found a 78 Euro fare from Cologne to Thessaloniki wich is a 2 hour 15 minute drive, but there's no way I'll find a fare that cheap from AMS. So I'll drive...

Apart from that, parking fees in Cologne are way cheaper than Amsterdam.




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User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3121 times:

Earlier this year, I wanted to fly Beijing-Brussels, one-way.

However, Hong-Kong-London was vastly cheaper, so I did that, and filled in the gaps with 2 train rides; about 2500km extra. Any excuse to pass through Hong Kong...  Smile



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User currently offlineAWA22 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3115 times:

It would depend on how long I was gonna be gone and if the parking fees paid plus gas, plus time and then really think if the I would really save any money at all.

User currently offlineMidway2airtran From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 864 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3103 times:

I'd drive as far as possible to avoid those $800+ last minute fares charged by many of the majors. Otherwise, buy really early! It's nice being close to RDU with some fairly good LCC variety!


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User currently offlineKAL744 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 3066 times:

Before flying to anywhere usually I check which airlines are going to there. After that I point out which airlines will be ok to me. After doing that I begin to check type of aircraft and after that fares. So for me fare of flight would be last option to check.

So as I am living near DUS and MST I would take DUS or MST at starting point, if the airline I wish to fly will go from there. If there is no option from DUS or MST I would consider AMS or FRA, even there might be a flight cheaper from DUS or MST which an airline I don't like to go with.


User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1614 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 3068 times:

I live 3 miles from CMH, but I'd be willing to fly out of DAY or CVG. However, I wouldn't mind a drive to PIT for dirt-cheap int'l fares right now.

User currently offlineTolosy From Luxembourg, joined Oct 2003, 357 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 3041 times:

I leave in Southampton and if I want to fly cheap, I go to Heathrow.

2 hours by bus, if I am really motivated I can go to Stansted, but at this time of the year, it is cheap to fly either BMI or BA out of Heathrow


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 3024 times:

In the past I drove very often to CGN (20 kilometers longer than to DUS) to fly on Germanwings but I would never drive to the middle of nowhere, to an airport called Frankfurt-Hahn, to get a cheap Ryanair flight to an other airport in the middle of nowhere.

Patrick


User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4693 posts, RR: 42
Reply 22, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2993 times:

When the lowcost revolution finally reached our part of Germany, I drove a couple of times to CGN in order to do a fun day-trip to someplace else.

However, I am getting more and more lazy now. I'd still drive to an airport within a 90 minute radius (i.e. DTM, DUS, CGN, LRC, FMO, PAD, MGL), but for the more distant airports (CGN, LRC, PAD) this would only be for a longer trip and/ or a very good ticket price.

Otherwise I am ready to pay a little extra (20-50 Euro depending on the flight distance) and fly from a nearby airport.



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User currently offlineKingGeo3 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2980 times:

I live 10 miles from PIT, in February I will be driving 5 hours to BWI to save $250/ticket for a flight to DUB.


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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2947 times:

I've driven NCE-TLN before (its about 120km) to take the BA flight to LGW, when all the flights from NCE were too expensive (it was May). BA had just launched the TLN-LGW route, and it was WAY cheaper (about EUR100) than any flight I could get from NCE (including Easyjet). Even with petrol and tolls, it worked out a bargain (and parking at TLN is much less than NCE too).

I wouldn't schlepp all the way to GOA or FNI for Ryanair though. Once you've paid for the bus or the train to get your from STN to where you actually want to go, its not worth the money.

From Northern MA (where my bruv lives) if I'm going anywhere else in the US I try to fly from MHT - it equidistant to BOS, but MUCH less traffic and so much easier all round.


25 StarFlyer : I have yet to have the pleasure of low cost flying. Ryanair departs from an airport about 80km away from me, so if I factor in time and money spent on
26 CO2BGR : Bangor (5mins) is so expensive that I drive to Portland (2hrs) alot to fly. The price difference is usually $150 - $200 so I think it is definately wo
27 Jcs17 : The only time I drove to receive a lower fare was from ATL-STL, I drove to BHM (West Atlanta, as Clark Howard refers to it as) instead and took WN. Th
28 JetService : I just do the math. I count the standard $0.31 per mile for gas and wear & tear on my car (or car rental), parking fees, hotel cost (if requires a sta
29 Elwood64151 : If I can save $60 or more, plus parking, I'll fly out of either JFK or LGA. For $75, I'll go out of EWR. Each is at least 120 miles away. That's the d
30 SwissINTLA340 : I live in Lancaster, PA and have to frequesntly fly to MHT so i drive an one hour and thrity min. to BWI for a cheap Southwest flight. -SwissINTLA340-
31 Proudtoflyaa : From Jacksonville, I've driven to Orlando on a couple of occasions (about two hours from me to MCO) but for early morning departures, I get a hotel in
32 Post contains images Aloha717200 : I've driven for 3 hours before to catch a flight. Many times in fact.
33 RB211 : I'm pretty much with 767Lover. I basically drive 145 miles to Atlanta for Delta mainline, or 90 miles to Birmingham for Southwest.
34 LastBaron : I moved to BTV about 3 mos. ago and have been pleased to be able to fly B9 out of BTV whenever I need to get to anyplace except where I moved here fro
35 JA54123 : I will drive to Lubbock, TX 118 miles south of Amarillo, TX if the fares are good (The airlines usually have cheap Amarillo week then the next cheap L
36 Boeing757/767 : For me, the threshold is $200 saved after factoring in time, wear and tear, gas, parking, etc.
37 A340pilot : Well like most Canadians in the lower mainland (Vancouver) we have a bus service 9 trips daily from Vancouver to Seattle airport. The cost of a flight
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