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How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 1:06 pm

I have driven 150 miles one way to fly Southwest out of Birmingham instead of taking Delta out of Atlanta.
 
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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 1:07 pm

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!

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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 1:15 pm

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...

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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 1:17 pm

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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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 1:21 pm

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
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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 1:29 pm

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!

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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 1:35 pm

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.

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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 1:38 pm

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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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 1:45 pm

400 NM from where I live in WA to Vancouver BC.
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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 2:14 pm

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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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 2:37 pm

Being in Montreal I could drive 100 miles to BTV in order to fly Jetblue.
 
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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 2:50 pm

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

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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 2:58 pm

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


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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 3:08 pm

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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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 3:18 pm


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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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 3:19 pm

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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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 3:23 pm

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.
 
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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 4:02 pm

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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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 8:25 pm

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.
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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 8:28 pm

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.
 
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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 8:50 pm

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
 
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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 8:59 pm

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.

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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 9:26 pm

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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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 9:33 pm

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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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 11:39 pm

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.
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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 11:59 pm

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 parking and petrol, I usually end up travelling cheaper out of HAM, which is a mere 10 minute taxi ride from my house... Hell, I could even go there by bike (and have done so before).
And this might be weird to some people but I'd rather be paying 20 bucks more to get a few miles, lounge access and central airports on LH and the likes.
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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Fri Oct 31, 2003 12:18 am

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 worth it. I once drove 4hrs to Boston to catch a cheap flight to London in the summer ($1000 vs $400)
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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Fri Oct 31, 2003 12:30 am

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. The round trip fares from ATL were pricing at $450, I flew WN for $188. Most of the time, its not really worth it, when you consider the hassle of driving the 2 hours (3 during ATL's rush hour) to Birmingham and the gas that you waste.
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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Fri Oct 31, 2003 12:46 am

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 stay), and any other costs. After all that's factored it, if I save at least $75 dollars, I'll do it.
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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Fri Oct 31, 2003 1:57 am

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 drive to Brewster, NY, $5 per day parking, $9-$11 for the train, $2 for the subway, and $2 for the bus each way, or (for a 3-day trip) $58-$62 each way for LGA/JFK.

That's only if I like the departure times better than the times out of BDL (usually an issue if I'm going somewhere where people have to work and can't pick me up at 1:00pm).

Usually, though, I'll have to save $100 or more to pick LGA/JFK and $150 out of EWR... It's happened...
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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Fri Oct 31, 2003 2:06 am

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.

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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Fri Oct 31, 2003 2:15 am

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 Orlando the night before so I figure that into the "savings."
 
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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Fri Oct 31, 2003 2:18 am

I've driven for 3 hours before to catch a flight. Big grin Many times in fact.
 
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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Fri Oct 31, 2003 2:22 am

I'm pretty much with 767Lover. I basically drive 145 miles to Atlanta for Delta mainline, or 90 miles to Birmingham for Southwest.
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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Fri Oct 31, 2003 3:34 am

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 from - DCA/BWI/IAD... to get there without being totally ripped off by DL, US, AA or CO, I have to drive 90 mins. to MHT to connect with WN in MHT or 120 mins. to ALB to connect with them there. I keep hoping FL will come up here and start a BTV-BWI run... would be soooo convenient.
 
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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Fri Oct 31, 2003 4:39 am

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 Lubbock weak) or if my little brother who is at Texas Tech is traveling with me. But for a real long flight, say overseas, I have been known to even drive to Dallas, but not real often.

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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Fri Oct 31, 2003 4:47 am

For me, the threshold is $200 saved after factoring in time, wear and tear, gas, parking, etc.
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RE: How Far Would You Drive For A Lower Fare?

Fri Oct 31, 2003 4:57 am

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 to Seattle from Vancouver is upwards of 375.00(pp) (cdn) and a bus to seatac is 27.00 oneway and 4 hour bus trip, but its easier (and cheaper) to catch a flight out of seatac on southwest, frontier, and Jetblue which don't come to Canada.

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