Slashing Airfares: Save Money By Flying Out Of Smaller Airports

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July 28, 2013 ‐ By Ann Brown

Flying is just plain expensive. One way to save on airfare is  booking a flight into an alternate airport. Flying into these airports is less expensive, and can give you great savings.

Airfares for July travel were expected to average about $390, reports ABC News. International fares have gone up since last summer. According to Priceline, travelers should expect to pay about $880 in August, the cheapest of the three summer months. While this is up less than two percent since last year, airfares for June and July were up about four percent, averaging about $970 and $930, respectively.

Often, these smaller airports that offer pricing deals aren’t far away from the more popular routes. For example if you fly out of Long Beach Airport (LGB) instead of  Los Angeles International (LAX) you can save an average of $240, reports Business Insider.  The distance between the two airports is just a few miles.

Cheapflights.com just released their fourth annual Airport Affordability Index.  The Index ranks popular airports with the most affordable round-trip airfares, including tax. Number one on the list is California’s Long Beach Airport with the cheapest flights, priced at an average fare of just $216. In second place is South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Jetport (MYR), which  jumped all the way up from No. 42 last year. The average airfare at MYR is $249. California’s Fresno Air Terminal (FAT) was No. 3, with an average airfare of $270.

The top three on the most expensive airports list were: Honolulu International, HI (HNL), where the average airfare is $689; Washington Dulles International (IAD), $652; and Miami International, FL (MIA), $618.

Have you ever flown in or out of one of these alternate airports? Any praise or complaints?

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