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Driving in from upstate....fly out of JFK or LGA?

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Driving in from upstate....fly out of JFK or LGA?

Thinking about a trip to LA and found comparable prices on non-stop tickets from both airports. We will be driving in from Albany, NY to avoid a layover and save some money. Which airport is easiest to get to and offers the best/safest parking?

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1. Re: Driving in from upstate....fly out of JFK or LGA?

There are no nonstop flights from LGA to Los Angeles. You'll have to fly out of JFK.

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2. Re: Driving in from upstate....fly out of JFK or LGA?

And not sure if this plan will save you much/any money after gas, tolls and parking.

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3. Re: Driving in from upstate....fly out of JFK or LGA?

1) I don't think there are any nonstop flights out of LGA to LA. Who are you finding that flies that route?

2) JFK has MORE parking but is a much bigger airport. If I had the choice, I'd prefer flying out of LGA but I don't think it's an option nonstop.

3) Depending on how long you're away, have you considered taking a train down? You could take Metro North train from Wassaic to the Harlem 125th st. stop and a bus or taxi from there.

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4. Re: Driving in from upstate....fly out of JFK or LGA?

Most people find that at the end of the day, it costs far more to come to New York from Albany for that cheaper fare.

The cost of gas, tolls, and especially parking (even if you don't consider your time to be worth anything at all) will far outweigh the savings.

Southwest flies from Albany NY and there are always very competitive airfares from Albany.

Southwest has an Albany - Las Vegas nonstop flight so there are always reasonable fares on that route and it makes for a nice / easy connection to any of the Greater Los Angeles area airports without the worry and hassle of Chicago Midway / Chicago O'Hare. Southwest serves Midway but sometimes you find competitive fares on United (through O'Hare)

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5. Re: Driving in from upstate....fly out of JFK or LGA?

As far as I can tell, there are no non-stops from LaGuardia to LAX. It may be "no change of plane" but it probably stops somewhere on the way. LGA is a smaller airport than JFK.

Personally, if you could fly from Newark (EWR), you wouldn't have to cross the Hudson River to get to that Aiport. The Garden State Parkway goes right there. It might be easier than driving to JFK where you have to cross the Hudson and the East Rivers.

What my brother (WestofAlbany), does sometimes is park in Poughkeepsie or Beacon, takes Metro-North to Grand Central, then the subway to JFK.

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6. Re: Driving in from upstate....fly out of JFK or LGA?

Have you checked Syracuse or Rochester departures? Both might be just as convenient in terms of time travelled & might be a less expensive option in terms of parking your car.

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7. Re: Driving in from upstate....fly out of JFK or LGA?

Check fares on JetBlue from JFK nonstop to Long Beach, California. These are often lower and LGB is obviously less congested than LAX.

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8. Re: Driving in from upstate....fly out of JFK or LGA?

A bit of trivia: with the exception of Denver (grandfathered), flights from LaGuardia cannot exceed 1,500 miles.

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9. Re: Driving in from upstate....fly out of JFK or LGA?

If you are going to the Valley, you may prefer Burbank Airport. It is ultra convenient and small, like Albany's airport.

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10. Re: Driving in from upstate....fly out of JFK or LGA?

>> A bit of trivia: with the exception of Denver (grandfathered), flights from LaGuardia cannot exceed 1,500 miles.

Wow - that's interesting. Never knew that - do you know why?

We live in the Poughkeepsie area and typically fly out of JFK or LGA. Which one depends on price, schedule, and nonstop/connections. All things being equal, we prefer LGA because the drive is better.

We're usually gone for 10-16 days, so find it's cheaper to do one way car rentals to get to/from the airports. Once in awhile we do Sleep and Fly and park at a hotel (depends on how long we're gone for).