Traveling is so much better when you can make it both cheap and easy. And sometimes all you have to do to kill both birds with the same stone is fly into an airport that’s near where you really want to go. We’ve looked at some of the biggest cities in the United States to see what airports you should fly into, and some of the information might surprise you.
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Fly into Fort Lauderdale, not Miami
South Florida is always going to be one of those major vacation destinations of our great country, but there’s a world of difference when it comes to flight costs. The average cost this year for a flight into Miami International Airport is $550.09. But if you just go 27 miles up I-95 to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, you’ll find the average flight cost is $447.25. That’s over $100 you can use toward renting a car to see all the cool things South Florida has to offer.
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Chicago’s O’Hare is the way to go
We’ve always had options on where to fly into when it comes to the Windy City. But the split between traveling into Midway or O’Hare was tantamount to people arguing over craft beers being better than a can of Old Style. After looking at our data, we’ve discovered the average flight into O’Hare is $355.71. Midway? It’s coming in at $473.70 this year. We also looked at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport as an alternative. Sure, it’s just 85 miles from Chicago, but the average ticket costs $502.63.
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Try flying into Long Beach over Los Angeles
The bright lights and a casual brush with stardom make Los Angeles an easy vacation spot. And while flying into LAX is fine, it’s also sporting an average airfare of $529.86. A good alternative spot for us is just 23 miles down the road in Long Beach, California. Long Beach Municipal Airport’s average flight cost is $433.58. Jet Blue has flights from JFK, Seattle, San Francisco, Boston and others flying into Long Beach.
Save cash by flying into Oakland instead of San Francisco
San Francisco has the attractions most every traveler wants to see – Alcatraz, AT&T Park, the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf, to name just a few. And while SFO is a fine airport, it also costs an average of $489.74 to reach the City by the Bay. We suggest you keep an eye on the lookout across the bay to Oakland International Airport. Oakland’s average fare comes in at $417.03, with airlines like Delta, Jet Blue, US Airways and Southwest flying into its airport. OAK also has BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) service that arrives no later than every 20 minutes.
BWI is the king of Washington, D.C. airports
Our nation’s capital has three great airports to choose from, but only one can be the cheapest of the bunch. Baltimore-Washington International Airport has the lowest average fares in the area at $417.25. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is a close second, coming in at $439.78. What about Dulles? It has an average airfare of $478.44 for folks traveling within the States.
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What’s the cheapest airport to fly into Dallas?
Business professionals might believe Love Field would be the way to fly into Dallas. It’s only six miles from the central business district and has a seventh of the passenger traffic of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. But looks can be deceiving. DFW has an average airfare of $361.24, while Love Field’s average is $410.46.
Providence over Boston? Nope
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Boston’s Logan International Airport is one of the busier airport. But what you might not realize that it is still a cheaper place to fly into than you might believe. Yeah, BOS has an average flight cost of $441.93. A favorite alternative to flying into Boston is to go to T.F. Green International Airport in Providence, Rhode Island. While PVD will have some cheap options, the average flight will cost you $519.18.