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Should I fly into Omaha, or Minneapolis to Mitchell,SD

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Should I fly into Omaha, or Minneapolis to Mitchell,SD

What is an easier drive, from Omaha or Minneapolis to Mitchell,SD? I will be visiting our son in Mitchell, SD. What is the amount of time to drive from both distances? Its cheaper to fly into Minneapolis, than Omaha. Please don't mention Sioux Falls, they have OUTRAGEOUS airfares to pay flying into there. I think Minneapolis is about 1 hour longer to drive than Omaha. Any thoughts you could give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Mark.....

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1. Re: Should I fly into Omaha, or Minneapolis to Mitchell,SD

I have no idea what the difference in airfare will be, but Mpls. is a Delta hub so you might get a better fare. The drive through Minnesota will be much prettier then driving through Nebraska IMO.

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2. Re: Should I fly into Omaha, or Minneapolis to Mitchell,SD

How much more is it to fly to Omaha?

I don't think either would be a particularly scenic drive, to be honest. And if it were me going to see his son, I would choose speed over scenery anyway. And Omaha is at least an hour closer, likely more.

Unless there is a huge fare difference, I would choose the closer airport. But then again, I hate driving.

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3. Re: Should I fly into Omaha, or Minneapolis to Mitchell,SD

We actually flew out of Sioux Falls for less than 1/2 the price of flying out of Minneapolis a few weeks ago by flying Alegiant vs. Delta.

I would choose Omaha over Minneapolis as it is closer.

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4. Re: Should I fly into Omaha, or Minneapolis to Mitchell,SD

Google maps shows about 45-60 minute longer drive from Minneapolis. Though I have not actually driven the interstates between Omaha and Mitchell, I would guess the drive in terms of scenery will be relatively similar - a lot of farmland (not bad, but not necessarily breathtaking either). I guess my advice would be if the fares are relatively similar go for the time option - Omaha. If there is a large difference in price, then perhaps 45-60 minutes is not a terrible amount of extra time.

By the way, not to push Southwest but if you're using sites such as Travelocity/Expedia, I don't think Southwest uses those sites. You might want to at least check out Minneapolis' newest airline website to see if a better deal can be found. In my experience, sometimes they're cheaper, sometimes not - though their touted difference is no nickel-and-dime luggage fees (which is what grinds my gears about airlines, to name one thing.)

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5. Re: Should I fly into Omaha, or Minneapolis to Mitchell,SD

As Minnesota Rand said...fly into Sioux Falls.

The drive from Minneapolis is longggg. I have done it and would never do it again...my dad lives down in the southern part of Minnesota...and we need to go to Sioux Falls alot...the same way you would be driving...Just fly into Sioux Falls, then get a rental car and do the Mitchell drive...spend the time with your son, instead of being on those roads!

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