Fly for Less! Think Outside the Destination

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How would you like to save hundreds of dollars on airfare the next time you book a flight?

Ann Schmiel said she never realized there were other alternatives to finding a cheap deal besides shopping on the internet.

“Now I’m sitting here thinking, what am I doing here,” she laughed, while waiting to catch a flight out of Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

Call For Action Reporter Lorrie Taylor told Schmiel how much she could save if she flew out of nearby airports like Akron-Canton or Pittsburgh.

“You can definitely get a better deal,” said Karlyn Reale from Professional Travel in North Olmsted.

When Reale isn’t booking trips for some of Cleveland’s biggest corporations, she’s chasing the cheapest deal she can find on behalf of her leisure clients.

“Definitely look into Columbus, Pittsburgh, Akron-Canton…” she said.

A direct flight from Cleveland to Boston that sometimes runs in the $400 range can be had for $98 plus tax and fees if you drive to Pittsburgh and catch a direct flight on Jet Blue.

Factor in gas and parking and you can still save about half the cost of a trip that originates in Cleveland.

Reale said if you can’t find a better price traveling from a nearby airport you should consider changing your destination.

For instance, anyone traveling to Washington D.C. on Dec. 16 would pay $489 if they flew into Dulles International Airport or Reagan National Airport.

If that same person flew into nearby Baltimore Washington International and traveled less than 45 minutes into the District, the direct the cost of the flight would be $139.

“If you’re going to Boston you can look at Providence or Manchester, so there’s a lot of different options out there,” said Reale.

Schmiel said the next time she leaves town it may be to catch a flight.

“It’s something we’ll have to think about, it’s what, a two hour drive?” she said.

Shop around before booking a flight and don’t forget to factor in the cost of the drive and parking.

Sometimes the deal is amazing and sometimes it isn’t.

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