I had to book a last-minute flight today. A representative from
Genworth Financial reached out to me and asked if I would
participate in a videotaped roundtable discussion April 26 in
Washington, D.C., about long-term-care planning and caregiving.
Kiplinger's headquarters are in D.C., but I live in Kentucky.
So I went to
-- one of
our favorite travel sites
-- to see how much a flight would cost from Nashville, Tenn. (the
closest city to me with an airport), to Ronald Reagan Washington
National Airport (the closest airport to the site of the taping). I
knew it wouldn't be cheap, but I wasn't expecting $885 to be the
lowest price available (on a flight with two layovers, to boot). I
mean, I could fly overseas for that amount.
I wasn't ready to give up, though. So I checked flights to
Baltimore Washington International Airport, which is about 45 miles
away from Washington, D.C. I found nonstop flights on Delta and
Southwest Airlines (at Southwest.com) for about $500 -- a savings
of nearly $400. I can hop on a commuter train in Baltimore and be
in D.C. in no time.
As my example shows, being flexible about which airport you fly
into can help you save big. And if you were planning on renting a
car anyway, driving an hour or so to get from the alternate airport
to your final destination probably is worth it. (If you weren't
going to rent a car but will need to if you fly into an alternate
airport, make sure the cost of the rental doesn't match or exceed
the cost of flying directly to your destination.)
For more tips on cutting costs on airfare, as well as lodging,
cruises and vacation packages, see
20 Secrets to Save on Travel
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