We’re big fans of alternative airports. You’d be surprised with the price difference in flights, fewer crowds/lines, and less stress! If you’re looking to save a few bucks and have a more VIP experience with your travels, then consider using alternative airports. Read on for the best alternative airports in four major U.S. cities.
Everyone knows that LAX doesn’t have a good reputation but sometimes you just have to grin and bear it. But what if you didn’t have to deal with the crazy airport layout and never finding a place to charge your phone? For your next trip, head to Hollywood-Burbank Airport where you’ll experience affordable parking, easy shuttle access, and a Metrolink Station within walking distance to the airport’s two terminals. It’s also closer to the main attractions, meaning you could sneak in a quick trip to Universal Studios or Hollywood during a long layover!
Chicago has two main airports — Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway International Airport. While O’Hare may be popular, it’s also recently been reported to be the nation’s busiest airports in terms of total flights. Midway is a good alternative airport to fly out of especially for domestic flights. It has shorter lines, is very accessible to the train, and is closer to downtown Chicago. Plus you’ll avoid stressful airport navigation and have plenty of offsite parking available. Only certain airlines fly in and out of Midway, which may work out cheaper in airfare for you!
New York City
While LaGuardia is a popular option for many because it’s closest to Manhattan, it’s also known to have flight cancellations and delays all the time. Depending on where you live or are staying, you may want to choose Newark, John F. Kennedy (JFK) or even Westchester County as an alternative airport. JFK has plenty of international flights and connections and you can get to/from Manhattan via the AirTrain link. Newark is located in the Chemical Coast of New Jersey and best to use if you live in (or plan on visiting) points west of Manhattan. However, it’s relatively easily accessible by train from Penn Station via Newark Liberty Airport Station.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Dulles International Airport or Baltimore-Washington International Airport? DCA National is closet to downtown, however, it’s limited by a perimeter rule on nonstop flight destinations even though the airport is growing daily. Pick one of the alternatives for better flights. Dulles has a robust flight network and is a hub for United Airlines. Plus, there’s plenty of available ground transportation, including the Metrobus. Then there’s Baltimore, which is a similar distance from downtown Washington. There’s a solid Amtrak connection that takes about 25 minutes to get downtown, and some people prefer that consistently in transportation. The airport serves over 700 daily domestic and international flights serving more than 75 cities nonstop!
Alternative airports can be easier to navigate and less of a pain to get to/from your destination. So next time you’re booking a flight, consider an alternative airport in your city! You might save a few bucks and find it a lot easier on your travel day. To make things even more stress-free, consider using LugLess to ship your bags to your destination starting at only $15! Why drag your luggage around when you don’t have to?
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