irelayer
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Flying Into New York...options/suggestions

Fri Jul 22, 2005 7:20 am

Long time lurker...just decided to bite the bullet and get a forum membership, so this is my first post. I did a pretty comprehensive search for a question similar to mine and didn't come up with anything so hopefully this is the right place to post this.

I will be traveling to New York from SAN Labor Day Weekend. I want to leave Thursday night and depart Monday night and I will probably be staying somewhere on Long Island but going to Manhattan most of the time during the day. I was wondering if anyone had any advice/suggestions for me as this is my first time...I looked at the maps and kind of did a quick one-over of the different transportation options to and from JFK, EWR, LGA (which I can't get to from SAN b/c of regs, but may be able to connect into) and Islip (which is by far the furthest from the city but may be the closest to where I am staying) to get my bearings, but I am still in need of advice. Basically throw anything at me, e.g. What airports are the easiest/fastest/most convinient for my situation and what should I try and avoid, the best way to get around, traffic/activity, what to expect, etc...

Really excited about this trip and trying to do JetBlue as I haven't flown them before and heard the PTV's are really nice, especially for a 5-hour transcon. Plus JFK looks like it is in a good spot. Hopefully I will post a trip report on it also.

Anyway, sorry for the long post. Great forum here, BTW.

-IR
 
goodmanr
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RE: Flying Into New York...options/suggestions

Fri Jul 22, 2005 7:23 am

Welcome.

As far as transportation goes, if you are heading to Long Island, I would recommend flying to JFK. From JFK you can take the AirTrain to the Long Island Railroad which gets you anywhere in Long Island (Within reason). If you are staying somewhere closer to Manhattan, I would go for Newark. The AirTrain from Newark connects to NJ Transit trains which get you to Manhattan in about 25 mins. The connection to the trains at Newark is much easier than at JFK. Also, Continental provides the best product you'll find IMO and CO will get you to EWR.
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vingt20cent
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RE: Flying Into New York...options/suggestions

Fri Jul 22, 2005 7:35 am

Bienvenue!

Like "Goodmanr" stated, if you are staying out on Long Island, JFK would be the best bet. Connections to AirTrain/Long Island Rail Road are available.

I just flew jetBlue for the first time this past weekend, and I enjoyed the service. The Blue chips are tasty, and the flight attendants seem to be genuinely concerned with your well being.

I once heard that the PTV's don't work if you leave mainland USA. But, is SAN considered a domestic flight? Sorry for the ignorance - Canadian who just moved to NYC and still figuring things out.

Good luck and enjoy the Big Apple!

V.
 
freedomtofly
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RE: Flying Into New York...options/suggestions

Fri Jul 22, 2005 7:42 am

Quoting Vingt20cent (Reply 2):
But, is SAN considered a domestic flight

Yes definately. Ok I was looking around for you on travelocity, expedia, etc and AA is the only carrier that flies nonstop (to JFK). If you are willing to stop somewhere, your options are endless (and cheaper).

Regards,
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Mir
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RE: Flying Into New York...options/suggestions

Fri Jul 22, 2005 7:45 am

Quoting Vingt20cent (Reply 2):
I once heard that the PTV's don't work if you leave mainland USA. But, is SAN considered a domestic flight? Sorry for the ignorance - Canadian who just moved to NYC and still figuring things out.

The Live TV doesn't work where there isn't satellite coverage. AFAIK, this only applies to the Caribbean routes, because of the overwater portion and the fact that DirectTV isn't available at the other end. SAN-JFK should have Live TV all the way.

As for airport choice, I'd offer a third vote for JFK, unless you're staying really far out on Long Island, in which case ISP may be an attractive option.

Take the AirTrain to the Jamaica station, and there you have access to almost the entire Long Island Rail Road. From ISP, you'll pretty much need a car to get to where you're going.

-Mir
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Mir
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RE: Flying Into New York...options/suggestions

Fri Jul 22, 2005 7:51 am

Quoting Freedomtofly (Reply 3):
Yes definately. Ok I was looking around for you on travelocity, expedia, etc and AA is the only carrier that flies nonstop (to JFK). If you are willing to stop somewhere, your options are endless (and cheaper).

JetBlue also flies direct SAN-JFK, but they're not listed on Travelocity, Expedia, etc. Take a look at www.jetblue.com, they're offering $109 one-way fares between SAN and JFK, and though I don't know offhand when Labor Day is, the available dates look right for you.

And I forgot to put this in the first post, but welcome to a.net!  wave 

-Mir
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timz
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RE: Flying Into New York...options/suggestions

Fri Jul 22, 2005 8:20 am

"From ISP, you'll pretty much need a car to get to where you're going."

Except that ISP is next to the LIRR. The terminal's on the wrong side of the airport, so it's a couple miles to the station.
 
irelayer
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RE: Flying Into New York...options/suggestions

Fri Jul 22, 2005 9:08 am

Sounds like JFK is the best option and JetBlue is the cheapest direct flight...unfortunately departing Thursday night and returning Monday night (Sep1-Sep5), considering the holiday weekend, I cannot get the 109 OW fares, but given that I will be missing out on one day's pay anyway (don't get holiday pay unfortunately) that kind of makes up for the fare difference in that I wouldn't be generating cash that day. Plus I like throwing caution to the wind and going for it, and 400 R/T is very reasonable for a 5-hour flight which I will probably not repeat for a while.

Thanks for all of the great advice guys.

-IR
 
flybywire777
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RE: Flying Into New York...options/suggestions

Fri Jul 22, 2005 10:22 am

If you are staying on the island close to Islip, that may better. If you are going to visit NYC I would suggest skip a rental car and take the LIRR in from where ever you stay. JFK has a direct connect to the LIRR at Jamacia station. Islip is a shuttle ride. Check the LIRR map http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/lirr/ for schedules and lines. Have fun
 
mark777300
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RE: Flying Into New York...options/suggestions

Fri Jul 22, 2005 3:23 pm

I want to add that if you do ride the LIRR, please make sure (for your sake) to purchase your tickets at the station. The Metro Card for the AirTrain is NOT valid on the LIRR. Of course there are no signs anywhere around that tell you this, so I frequently get folks from out of town who get on the LIRR and show me a Metro Card. On board prices are average $5.00 more than the price paid at the station. Make sure to head down to the main building at the corner of Archer Ave and Sutphin Blvd and purchase your tickets there and to pick up a timetable. The LIRR is also near ISP as well, but you have to rely on shuttle buses or taxis all at a charge of $5.00.

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