I have been searching for an affordable flight from my area to NYC. We would be flying from TRI airport. There is always a layover which makes our prices higher. We would have to drive 3 1/2 hours to Charlotte to save less than $100 to get a flight at 6am. We would rather fly from TRI. I have been reading that LGA is the closest and cheapest airport to land at and get to our hotel in Times Square (Yotel). Our dates are 10/16-10/19. Cant fluctuate on those dates at all. We need a early time leaving on the 16th and a late time coming back home. Problem I'm seeing is that LGA is more expensive and the earlier you want to leave is more expensive and the later you come back is more expensive. Just my luck! Today, on kayak,( Kayak is saying buy now-going up further this week) cheapest is:
US Airways TRI 11:15a→JFK3:16p 4h 01m 1 stop (CLT)
JFK 6:25a→TRI10:47a 4h 22m1 stop (CLT) $328 per person round trip. It goes up to $676 and that's the amount for the times we need. Either way, this is WAY too much money!
My questions are, if I find an affordable flight coming into EWR,(is this area safe?) how much will it cost the 4 of us to get to Yotel in Times Square (without dragging our luggage on/off several different buses/trains) I'm leery of finding my way to and from these bus/train terminals safely and not wasting our whole day doing this. This is all a bit overwhelming. First time going to NYC. Please is anyone has any good advice, please share. Especially if you've actually had to travel from EWR to Times Square. I've also been told NOT to fly in around 3pm because it's rush hour? Is this true?