Skip Nav
Budget Tips
19 Ways to Save Big at Walt Disney World
Budget Tips
100+ Cheap or Free Things to Do This Summer
This Homemade Drain Cleaner Will Banish Clogs For Good

Do You Prefer Certain Airports For Layovers?

I'm Asking: Are You an "Airport Snob"?

Naturally, it makes sense to book the cheapest flights possible if you're located near more than one major airport, as long it doesn't cost significantly more (in time or money) to get there. But what about layovers? Since I can typically find flights of similar value with a variety of stops, I do have my own penchants when it comes to picking airports — just one bad experience will make me avoid certain connections whenever possible. On that note, my local airport released this ad showing an intentionally exaggerated view of SFO when compared to other major California airports:

Of course, travel time and parking price should be factored into any choice, but do you find yourself preferring one airport over another for departure, arrival, or stops in between?

Join The Conversation
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I never finished my thought in the first section of my last comment! I meant to say that I've been having to book my flights through Southwest, which means I have to fly out of BWI and in to Cleveland.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I have ones I prefer; I think everyone does. I fly from DC to NE Ohio often and, ideally, I'd like to always fly out of Reagan and in to Akron/Canton. Even though Reagan is busy, it's smaller and easier to navigate than BWI (and I hate Dulles; I'll only fly out of there for international flights). And Akron/Canton is much smaller and faster to get around than Cleveland. However, recently, I've been having to book flights through Southwest because, with my schedule, there's always a chance I might have to cancel or change my flight(s) and this is easiest and cheapest to do with Southwest. They also have the best pet policy. And I always fly direct unless I'm flying somewhere where there are no direct flights offered whatsoever, which hasn't happened to me recently. So, I don't need to worry about connecting flights!
else411 else411 7 years
I don't think I'm a snob, but I prefer to travel smaller airports for personal travel. For business in major/big cities, I have ones I prefer even down to the airline/terminal.
cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 7 years
I have driven further for a small airport. They typically have simpler check-in/baggage claim. Big airports--if I have to be at the opposite end in record time (I am NOT a sprinter) for a connection I don't hesitate to grab some-one's attention to have them call and let the gate know I am en-route. Most don't think about this but they will do this so you aren't frantically dragging carry-ons, kids and so forth in a mad race to get to the other end of a huge airport for a connection departing ASAP. They will wait within reason if they know you are a connector en-route. They have even gotten someone in one of those little carts to pick us up and drive us there. I am not very fond of Las Vegas airport........Smoke and Noise. NOT where I want to spend a couple hours waiting for a connection.
franciepants franciepants 7 years
I guess I am. I like particularly airports for a variety of reasons, but moreso, as long as my airline of choice flies out of, that's good enough for me. I generally prefer direct flights as well, as mentioned by others, and there is only 1 airport that I kind of refuse to connect at. But so far, thats only 1 airport.
Studio16 Studio16 7 years
I don't mind. I live near a small city. Sometimes I fly out of its airport, sometimes I make the drive up to Washington to fly out. Depends on the flights I can get. When I flew to Paris three weeks ago, I drove up to DC because I could get a direct flight from Dulles to Roissy. And since I prefer direct flights, I don't really have layovers haha. So for me the biggest concern is where I'm flying out of, because once I check in, I'm there for however many hours.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I'm not an airport snob. I'm practical. Generally, I pick smaller airports because there are less crowds and traffic. Pick-up and drop-offs are much easier. Also, I pre-print my boarding pass, and carry-on the allowed luggage (read: no checking luggage and no picking up of luggage). I am in and out of an airport quick.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Eh, all airports are pretty much the same to me. Doesn't matter to me which one I stop at when I have a layover. But if I have a very long layover, I'd prefer to be at a big airport like O'Hare or DFW because there's more to do there.
How to Pack a Carry-On Suitcase
Disneyland Security Employee Secrets
Amazon Employee Secrets
Ways to Save at Hotels
From Our Partners
Latest Afforable DIY & Organization
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds