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Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 6:05 am

Leisure travellers sometimes drive long distances away from their actual hometown airport to catch a cheaper flight.

Have you ever done so and if yes how far did you drive ?

I once flew from BSL which is about 80 km from my home rather than ZRH wich is just 20 km away because I could save CHF 200 (about USD 150) on the airfare.
 
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 6:14 am

I've often driven down to MSP from here in YWG. It's about a 500 mile (only about 60 being in Canada) drive but can really save alot of money.

[Edited 2005-10-28 23:16:12]
 
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 6:16 am

My sister lives in AUS. I'd fly into DFW and rent a car and drive to AUS. Why? Because for a while, an MSP-AUS ticket was three times more expensive than MSP-DFW. Dallas to Austin is a tough 200 miles.

Now AA and NW offer cheaper fares to AUS, probably due to TZ codesharing with WN.

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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 6:18 am

I won't, but I would nominate a client of mine to bought a cheap ticket to BHX with GLA as his final destination.

A 600 mile round trip? You must be saving a fortune to put yourself thru that. 600 miles in Europe would cost lots in gas money.
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 6:18 am

about 110 miles (from EMA to STN) and a few times to cathc a cheap flight at Gatwick (about 170m)
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 6:18 am

Quoting Basas (Reply 1):
can really save alot of money.

Wow, if you save money by flying out of a fortress hub like MSP, the airfares out of YWG must be pretty expensive.
 
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 6:25 am

Quoting BHXFAOTIPYYC (Reply 3):
A 600 mile round trip? You must be saving a fortune to put yourself thru that. 600 miles in Europe would cost lots in gas money.

About 500 miles each way actually...it IS a long drive.

Quoting HAJFlyer (Reply 5):
Wow, if you save money by flying out of a fortress hub like MSP, the airfares out of YWG must be pretty expensive.

Well, NW charges quite a lot on flights from YWG-->MSP (even though there are six dailys). We usually fly in larger groups and, for example, to get from YWG to LAX was $700-$800 in July, it was about $300 from MSP. Multiply this by 5 or 6 others, and the savings are substantial.
 
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 7:28 am

We are going to drive from DFW to IAH to seve several hundred dollars on airfare to Brussels. It would not be the first time we have done this. There are relatives in Houston, so we visit them before flying out. It is a 4 hour drive, but worth it.
 
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 7:31 am

I've driven about 150 miles (from Sutton-in-Ashfield to LHR) to save £20 on an LHR-AMS flight!

I've also driven from our house to LGW which saved us about £100 between us which was about 180 miles and we could have gone from MAN which is only 50-odd miles.

Countless times to LTN/STN which is about 1.5-2hrs.

I've given up on those now though - sooner go from EMA, BHX, MAN, DSA or LBA (all about the same distance but still 1.5hrs or so from us apart from EMA which is 40 mins).

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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 7:33 am

We drove 3 hrs to BNA to fly on Delta Express to MCO. Longest We have driven for us.

Otherwise, the closests is STL at 2 hours.
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 7:35 am

Quoting Basas (Reply 6):
About 500 miles each way actually...it IS a long drive.



Quoting HAJFlyer (Thread starter):

I once flew from BSL which is about 80 km from my home rather than ZRH wich is just 20 km away because I could save CHF 200 (about USD 150) on the airfare.

you all saved less than what you think......never heard train or gasoline is free!
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 7:39 am

My father has, but only drove for 40 some miles from McAllen to HRL to catch a WN flight.
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 8:09 am

Toronto, 3 hours away to catch Air Transat to AMS.
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 8:23 am

I have driven to Vancouver from Victoria for a TS flight YVR-PVR. Its really only 39 miles, but the ferry takes about an hour and a half. The real pain is having to stay in a hotel at YVR, because TS flights leave so early.
 
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 8:44 am

Quoting NoelG (Reply 8):
I've driven about 150 miles (from Sutton-in-Ashfield to LHR) to save £20 on an LHR-AMS flight!

I must tell you, that is nuts and a false economy

Quoting MFEFlyer (Reply 11):
My father has, but only drove for 40 some miles from McAllen to HRL to catch a WN flight.

That isn't that far at all.

The longest drive I ever took to get a cheap fare was actually a bus ride from FRA to HHN to catch a Ryanair flight to STN. When I add up all the costs, I think it would have basically been a wash to take LH on FRA-LHR, but it did book me another airline and the 738.

That said, I have taken a train from Boston to Providence, RI then a bus to PVD to cut the price of a flight to Chicago in half (thank you Southwest), that takes about 1.5 hours all in. If I had my car at the time, the drive would have been only about 40 minutes but I would have had to pay for parking. Then again, I was visiting a friend who lived closer to Wisconsin than Chicago and the 2 hour drive from MDW would have been made shorter if I had flown to MSN or RFD.

Actually speaking, most of my flights from my home are a longer drive to get a cheaper fare. My parents live in Camarillo, CA, which is a 10 minute drive from OXR (which is 3 minutes from my father's business), but the price difference is often enough so that driving to LAX or BUR makes more sense.

Actually, I have a new thread idea...

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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 8:47 am

Drove from YYZ to BUF to fly BUF-MIA.
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 8:55 am

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 15):
Drove from YYZ to BUF to fly BUF-MIA.

Yeah, BUF is popular for people from Ontario. My girlfriend often flies out of BUF on US or UA when flying somewhere in the US as the prices are almost always cheaper than out of YYZ or YHM (and ALWAYS cheaper than YKF)
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 10:51 am

The only one I can think of was when we drove 120 miles from my hometown to Dayton, OH in March 2002 to save about $200 a piece to go to SJU on US. We flew DAY-CLT-SJU-PHL-DAY & got a bump in Philly on the way back, getting us 4 free tickets.

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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 11:53 am

My father lives outside of the small town of Culpeper, VA. Before FlyI started service from SDF to IAD, I would fly SDF to BWI on WN. It bugs the hell outta him when I make him drive 2 hours to BWI to pick me up when IAD is only one hour from the house in good traffic. Why do I do that? WN= $160 and the other airlines were $300 and up for a round trip fare.
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 8:05 pm

I took a flight from BRU to HRG wich was much cheaper than an AMS-HRG flight. The nearest intl. airport from my hometown (Utrecht) is Amsterdam, wich is 50km (31 miles) away. Brussels National is 170km (105 miles) away.
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 9:31 pm

Last month we wanted to fly to Barcelona. By making the 4 hour drive to Gothenburg we saved $450.
 
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 11:34 pm

If a flight out of DTW is cheaper, then I drive for about an hour, 75 miles. But usually I fly out of TOL which is about a 10 mile drive.

There was this one time tho my buddy and I went on a "summer" vacation to SAN, and the fares out of both DTW and TOL were rediculously high, like $500-600 each. I checked fares out of CMH, and sure enough it was definately cheaper, $245. We drove about 170 miles to get there. That was a fun trip.

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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sun Oct 30, 2005 12:44 am

Last summer (2004) I flew from JFK (about 130 miles away) to KIN. I opted for JFK (although I lived about 5 miles from PHL) for three reasons:

1. it was over 300 dollars cheaper. This was very unusual. Even if you factor in the cost to drive and park at JFK it was significantly cheaper.
2. I would not have to change at MBJ. It's usually painless going southbound, but an unpleasant experience going back to the States.
3. I got to fly on the A340. It was worth it!
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Sun Oct 30, 2005 12:50 am

I flew three times out of FRA, two times because it was cheaper and one time because I got the Continental 777 instead of the 757 (the Biz1st Class on the 777's is way better than on the 757's).

Getting from the DTM area to FRA is actually painless, especially when you take the ICE high-speed train, it stops directly at the airport and you have to walk a few hundred meters to the check-in counters.

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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Mon Oct 31, 2005 11:02 pm

Not me, but my step brother was booked on a WN flight from STL to OMA. At the time my dad and my step-mom lived in Nashville. My dad saved like $60 if he skipped the BNA-STL leg, so we made it a roadtrip to STL! Spent a couple of days there after dropping of my step-brother at STL.

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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Tue Nov 01, 2005 4:16 am

Don't usually do this because when I fly others are paying for the trip but when we had to go to Mexico we flew out of San Diego instead of LAX because of the cheaper one-way deal with HPexpress. Drive was about 2 hours plus the $50 for the motel.
 
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Tue Nov 01, 2005 4:51 am

Before Southwest was here in ORF. I drove from ORF to BWI to catch a flight for a family vacation in MCO. Its around a 4 hour drive!
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Tue Nov 01, 2005 9:00 pm

I live 30 km from HAJ and I don´t drive to any other airport in order to catch a cheaper flight !
If I can´t afford a flight out of HAJ, I don´t go on that intended trip.
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Tue Nov 01, 2005 11:07 pm

At present, the furthest I've had to go was a 2 hour drive (about 90 miles) to BWI vs. a 7 to 10 minute (5 mile) drive to PHL; needless to say this was before WN came to PHL. In one instance, back in 2000, I had to head down to BWI to pick up a friend that was flying into BWI because the PHL fare (on the same carrier) was at least $200 more.
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Thu Nov 03, 2005 2:21 am

I have friends who drive down 180 km from PNQ to catch a DEL flight from BOM. It's a lot cheaper.
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Mon Nov 07, 2005 2:32 pm

I once drove from Harrisburg to CLE (about 350 miles) to save $200 on a flight to SFO. The drive back was overnight to save another $50. Never again!!! now I usually use BWI. about 90 miles from my home.
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Tue Nov 08, 2005 11:46 pm

50 miles to get from the Northwest Chicago suburbs to MDW for Airtran, KIWI, and Valujet.
 
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Wed Nov 09, 2005 3:07 am

I've driven from GRR to ORD/MDW (3 hours) to save over a $100 USD. When I was stationed in Airzona, near the Mexican border, TUS was only an hour drive, but I remember many 3 am drives to PHX (3 hrs) to save $200 USD once, normally it was about $100 USD cheaper out of PHX than TUS...excpet WN, they had decent prices from both to MDW.
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Mon Nov 14, 2005 10:03 am

My parents drove to CLE (about an hour and fifteen minutes away) to fly US to LAS. They connected in PIT (where we live) and ended up saving more than $75 per ticket.
 
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Tue Nov 15, 2005 6:17 pm

To the train station downtown where I can ride Amtrak for less than airline fare to anywhere back east. Yes it's longer but it's better financially if you have the time. One way fare from Tucson to New York City is $147 for coach. For that you get a seat that is comparable to a First Class airline seat in the coach. Sure the food is a little extra but you have a choice of snacks in the lounge car or a full meal in the diner-real food at that. If I have a choice between either private plane or train versus airline, I'll either do the private plane or train.
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Tue Nov 15, 2005 10:49 pm

I took the NYC subway and the LIRR from Brooklyn to ISP to catch a very cheap round trip to MDW, about 7 months ago.
And in a few weeks I'll take a bus from MCO to go to Daytona beach.


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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:53 am

I regularly fly from STN (with EZY, FR and 4U) which is 114.1 miles from home in Nottingham even though I could use BD and WW from EMA or BA, AF and LH from BHX, but pay considerably more! STN is about a 1 hour 45 minute drive from my house.

The furthest I have driven is to LGW, 168.5 miles to fly with GR to GCI. I could have flown from BHX with BE, but I wanted a new airport and airline and a first turboprop flight!
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Wed Nov 16, 2005 12:25 pm

4 hours a few times. From Roanoke, VA to Raleigh, NC.
 
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RE: Your Longest Drive To Catch A Cheaper Flight?

Wed Nov 16, 2005 2:45 pm

I use to drive from Albemarle NC to Greenville/Spartenburg SC instead of CLT cause I could get tickets $300.00 cheaper. It was about a 3 hr drive. I also have drove to SFO from RNO to catch a flight but that ticket was a FF ticket and I was not able to get seats out of RNO or SMF.

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