hjulicher From Liechtenstein, joined Feb 2005, 847 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1684 times:
One would fly DTW-ACY because sometimes US and NW/DL charge a lot to get to Philadelphia. Therefore you fly to ACY and save sometimes around $400. WN flies out of PHL but they don't fly to DTW. I would say that DTW-PHL is one of more expensive routes in the country as there is only a choice of two legacy carriers, and both charge a lot for flights.
EWRandMDW From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 379 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1590 times:
Maybe there are people who don't care for LAS? I've been there a couple of times for conventions and am glad someone else picked up the tab. At least with ACY, between late spring through mid-autumn there's a real beach and other activities to keep one occupied.
Flytravel From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 525 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1407 times:
Quoting EWRandMDW (Reply 4): Maybe there are people who don't care for LAS? I've been there a couple of times for conventions and am glad someone else picked up the tab. At least with ACY, between late spring through mid-autumn there's a real beach and other activities to keep one occupied.
Also with ACY, one can combine a leisure trip with VFR, where a party of 3 flying in from MI, could meet up with family or friends (driving in from NY/NJ. NJ, PA or from DC/MD) and all decide to meet up by the Shore. While Vegas is a lot better get-a-way, I think the meeting up for VFR is easier in NJ, since a lot of population is within 4 hours drive.
For using ACY to reach Philadelphia
So, while a Detroit - Philadelphia non stop is 2 hours, a Detroit to Atlantic City + 1 hour drive to Center City would be 3 hours, and WN DTW-MDW-PHL could be as short as 4 hours. I don't know - I'd still prefer WN since there are no baggage fees and onerous change fees, that Spirit has. But for the parent that is dropping off the the kid or grandparent traveling alone, nonstop is more essential. The nonstop US fares to DTW (on quick look) don't seem too bad, but I'm sure it fluctuates. I can't imagine Spirit attracting business travelers though, with such low frequency.
The flight is definitely geared for those from MI -> NJ rather than the other way, where the Philadelphia/NJ passenger to Detroit would need to stay overnight atleast 2 nights to make it a trip to Detroit. AirTran's flights out of ACY however tend to be geared both ways