List of Cheapest Airports, If it Fits Your Needs

Are you a list-o-holic? The danger isn’t over indulging, it’s a lack of analysis. In other words, one air travel list that provides useful information for some flyers may not do the same for others. Which brings us to the latest: The most affordable airports in the U.S.

Cheapest U.S. Airports? Yes and No

Again, some of the cities in the list will be cheap for some travelers, but no list is a one-size-fits-all proposition – nor does this one claim to be. As airfare analyst Rick Seaney explains, “You must compare airfare prices to get the cheapest tickets.” He suggests not only comparing prices on different days (and your own flexibility is key here), but also comparing prices to nearby airports. “A good rule of thumb,” says Seaney, “is that bigger hub airports often have cheaper prices.”

Example: The list includes Harrisburg, Pa., and sure enough there are cheap flights to this state capital. However, Baltimore is just 80 miles away and while flights from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg in August can run more than $400, you’ll only pay about $150 to Baltimore if you can stand the longer drive. You’ll also save by flying to Philadelphia, though you won’t save as much – and it is admittedly a longer drive. Only you can say if it’s worth it.

More examples: Sometimes the big hubs are very close, and can be much cheaper depending where you fly from. If heading to Oakland, be sure to check prices for San Francisco and never fly to Burbank without first checking prices to Los Angeles International.

The List

Take a look at the latest list of cheapest airports while bearing in mind these are cheap for some travelers. But not everyone. Remember: Compare to save.

Click the city name to find cheap flights from your town.

1. Long Beach, Calif.

2. Myrtle Beach, S.C.

3. Fresno, Calif.

4. Burlington, Vt.

5. Oakland, Calif.

6. New York – La Guardia

7. Harrisburg, Pa.

8. White Plains, N.Y.

9. Burbank, Calif.

10. Akron-Canton, Ohio


Published: July 24, 2013