The next time you’re thinking about traveling, consider the most (and least) expensive airports to fly out of in the country. If possible, fly out of one of the least expensive airports to save money. If that’s not an option, consider cost-saving tips for flying and these additional tips for making air travel as stress-free as possible. One thing is for sure, air travel is not what it used to be.
The rating system, explained
RewardExpert judges airports on four categories — No. 1) Getting to/from the airport, No. 2) Ticket prices, No. 3) Amenities, and No. 4) Food — to determine if they’re cheap or expensive. Each airport is ranked on a weighted scale of 0 to 100, 100 being the most favorable travel conditions. For an in-depth scoring explanation, read the methodology. We’ll start with the least expensive airports and work our way up to the most expensive.
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Least expensive: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, FLL
The least expensive airport to fly out of in the country is the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Average flight prices are low, one ticket costing $241.80 in 2016. The amenities offered by the airport are unique increasing its score. Luggage storage is a service the airport still offers, according to RewardExpert.
Hint: This iconic party town has the most affordable airfare.
Least expensive: McCarran International Airport, LAS
Coming in second place among the least expensive airports to fly out of is the McCarran International Airport. However, this Las Vegas airport takes first place for least expensive plane fare. The average ticket cost is $227.50, a full $14.30 less than the average flight at Fort Lauderdale’s airport. Transportation costs are low here too. A bus costs $2, a taxi $20, and parking $10 for the day, RewardExpert says.
Hint: A frequent destination for family vacations has free Wi-Fi and affordable tickets at their airport.
Least expensive: Orlando International Airport, MCO
Taking home bronze is the Orlando International Airport. This Florida city’s airport ranks third among the least expensive airports to fly out of in America. Free Wi-Fi and an average flight cost of $253.90 makes Orlando one of the most affordable airports to fly out of in America. For $40, travelers can shower in the airport lounges facilities.
Hint: Parking will cost you $7 for the day at this Southwestern airport.
Least expensive: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, PHX
Travel out of Phoenix if you live in Arizona. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport ranks fourth for their affordable food and transportation. Daily parking costs $7, a bus ride costs $2, and a taxi is approximately $20 from downtown Phoenix, according to RewardExpert. Because daily parking is so expensive, there’s no need to use Uber, Lyft, or a taxi service to get to the airport if you have a car.
Hint: This Florida city offers affordable transportation.
Least expensive: Tampa International Airport, TPA
Tampa airport is clean and relatively small compared to other airports. In my personal opinion, it’s easy to navigate. Domestic flights cost $312.20 leaving from Tampa. Again, transportation is a big contributing factor to affordability. Taxis are $25 from downtown and bus fare is $2.
Hint: California natives, pick this airport to save money.
Least expensive: San Jose International Airport, SJC
Save money by flying out of San Jose if you’re in central California. The average domestic fare will cost $322.70. A taxi from downtown will run you an additional $15, cheaper than Tampa and Phoenix. For those parking their cars, a daily pass is $15.
Hint: This airport has the best tasting and best priced food in the country.
Least expensive: Denver International Airport, DEN
“Low cost and delicious,” is how RewardExpert describes this airport’s food. Restaurants include national chains and restaurants unique to Colorado. Food is affordable and yummy. Denver gets top scores on the site’s Airport Dining Scorecard too. Not only does Denver offer travelers inexpensive food, the average cost of a domestic flight is relatively affordable too. In 2016, the average flight cost $312.
Hint: For those in California, fly out of this airport if you can.
Least expensive: Oakland International Airport, OAK
Another option for California natives, is flying out of the Oakland International Airport. Fare costs $303, $100 less than in nearby San Francisco. Other airports worth mentioning are the Portland International Airport, PDX and the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, MSY. Both are affordable airports to take off from.
Hint: Avoid flying out of this airport if you want to save money.
Most expensive: Newark Liberty International Airport, EWR
The most expensive airport to fly out of in the country is the Newark Liberty International Airport. On average, one ticket costs $429.80. Not only are tickets expensive, Newark has the most expensive food out of any airport on this list. To make matters worse, Wi-Fi isn’t free.
Hint: Flights are expensive and Wi-Fi’s not free at this airport.
Most expensive: John F. Kennedy International Airport, JFK
Coming in second place among the most expensive airports to fly out of is the John F. Kennedy International Airport. Average domestic fare will set you back $396.10.Wi-Fi comes at an additional cost as does public transportation. The airport offers few low-cost food items.
Hint: Flying out of our nation’s capitol is seriously expensive.
Most expensive: Washington Dulles International Airport, IAD
Flying out of Washington, D.C. is the third most expensive airport to fly out of in America. The average plane fare is $443.40. This is the most expensive average cost in the country, RewardExpert says. A taxi from the airport to downtown will cost a whopping $70.
Hint: Living in the modern era will cost extra here.
Most expensive: Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport, MSP
Flying out of this Midwestern state will cost you a pretty penny. Average domestic fare will run you $386.40. Food options are expensive in the airport, with very few low-cost eateries. Another factor to consider if you fly out of this airport, Wi-Fi. It’s not free.
Hint: Celebrities and common folk alike pay through the nose at this airport.
Most expensive: Los Angeles International Airport, LAX
Taking the No. 5 spot among the most expensive airports to fly out of is the Los Angeles International Airport, more commonly known as LAX. Wi-Fi costs $9.95, the most expensive of any American airport. On top of expensive Wi-Fi, ticket prices are costly. The average domestic fare costs $355.90.
Hint: Living down south comes a cost for those who like to travel.
Most expensive: Charlotte Douglas International Airport, CLT
Expensive food and pricey plane tickets lands Charlotte at No. 6 on the list of most expensive airports to fly out of in America. The average plane ticket costs $415.90, putting Charlotte close to Newark for plane fare. Food is also expensive at the airport. The airport’s saving grace is that Wi-Fi is free.
Hint: No free Wi-Fi and expensive flights are a mainstay at this midwestern airport.
Most expensive: St. Louis Lambert International Airport, STL
Unlimited Wi-Fi comes at a cost in St. Louis’ Lambert International Airport. “70% [percent] of the country’s biggest airports offer free and unlimited Wi-Fi,” RewardExpert says. Clearly, it’s time for the other 30 percent to offer free Wi-Fi to travelers. The average plane ticket will set you back $362.70.
Hint: Flying out of this Texas city will cost you nearly $500. And that’s for a domestic flight!
Most expensive: George Bush Intercontinental Airport, IAH
Flying out of Houston is very costly. The average cost of a domestic flight is $431.40. The cost puts the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in second place for highest domestic fares in the country. Transportation to and from the airport is costly too, unless you take the bus. Taking the No. 9 and No. 10 spots are the Austin–Bergstrom International Airport, AUS and LaGuardia Airport, LGA. Steer clear of these airports if at all possible.
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