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To Save Money on Flights, Look to Smaller Airports

Release Date: 2017-08-17

Ever feel hemmed in by your airport choices? Especially for those living in major metropolitan areas, it often seems that you’re forced to fly to and from a limited list of places. But there are options for the seasoned budget traveler: smaller and sometimes more out-of-the-way airports that can save you a decent chunk of change and a fair amount of grief.

As someone who frequently uses Los Angeles International Airport, I don’t think it’s a bad airport, it’s just a pain to get to (and leave from). Its location is inconvenient for those who don’t live on the west side of the city, and the traffic surrounding it is frequently gridlocked. Many a friendship (and Uber rating) has been strained over an LAX pickup.

Then there’s nearby Long Beach Airport, 25 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. That same flight to San Francisco on JetBlue, which has invested heavily in Long Beach routes, is even cheaper — only $87. Like Burbank, it’s a less hectic airport than LAX and offers a smoother drop-off and security experience. Other Los Angeles-area airports, like John Wayne in Orange County and Ontario in San Bernardino County, are notable for good deals to Mexican destinations like San José del Cabo and Guadalajara.

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