To me travelling is one of the best things in the world. Nothing beats exploring new streets, watching the sunset from a new looking, meandering a local market and who could forget stuffing your face with new & exciting food finds.
The one part of travelling I don’t like, is the price of plane tickets. Sure there are great sites like Skyscanner & Secret Flying that help you find the cheapest flight to some of your favourite destinations. But they do not always find a great deal for every place you want to go.
The United States has just over 370 commercial airports, this is a huge number of destinations. Some of these airports like Honolulu International are (not surprisingly) very expensive to fly into, however, the good old United States of America has some tricks up it sleeve and is home to some of the cheapest airports to fly into anywhere in the world.
Let’s break down the cheapest airports to fly into in the United States.
6: Portland International Airport (PDX)
Airport Location: Portland, Oregon
Average Domestic Fare: $324
Portland International is not only a fantastic destination for those trying to save a little bit of cash, its also holds the title of ‘America’s Best Airport’ by Travel + Leisure magazine. Not just in 2017 but dating all the way back to 2013. That’s impressive.
The airport has great links to downtown Portland with a light rail which connects passengers to 97 stations in the city. They also have a movie theater, live performers, art exhibitions and lots of other great activities if you have some time to kill before a flight. They also have free WIFI throughout their terminals.
5. Denver International Airport (DEN)
Airport Location: Denver, Colorado
Average domestic fare: $312
Denver International Airport is the largest airport in the United States by total land area, it also claims the title of the longest public use runway in the United States. There is just over 370 daily departures to around 140 destinations worldwide, that results in a massive 58 million passengers per year.
Denver International Airport has lots of artwork that has been the centre of lots of conspiracy theories. Definitely an interesting way to spend a few hours on a layover.
Dog lovers will have a great time at Denver International Airport, they have a pet resort that includes a world class boarding facility, pet massage facilities and even an outdoor area where your little fury friend can have a run or do their business before the flight.
4. Tampa International Airport (TPA)
Airport Location: Tampa, Florida.
Average Domestic Fare: $312
Tampa international Airport is not the biggest airport in the world, however, it does rank the highest in the J.D Power Airport Satisfaction Rankings for large airports in 2017. Impressive.
Not only is Tampa International one of the cheapest in the USA, its home to a sleeping/ quiet area, a well stocked library, all the travel services you could ever need and big well kept amenities to keep you looking and feeling your best.
3. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
Airport Location: Phoenix, Arizona.
Average domestic fare: $327
Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport or ‘The Farm’ is one of the Untied States largest airports, serving a massive 43 million passengers per year. The airport also claims one of the top 4 spots in the North American Airport Satisfaction Study 2017.
The really cool thing about this airport is the amount of artwork that is housed in its terminals. The terminals house 900 works of art ranging from metal and ceramic sculptures to oil and acrylic paintings. These works are a portion of the Phoenix Museum and house works by some of Arizona’s most renowned artists.
2. McCarran International Airport (LAS)
Airport Location: Las Vegas, Nevada.
Average Domestic Fare: $227
Believe it or not Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport sees the footsteps of around 47 million passengers per year. Those people are brought to the terminal via 31 major airlines from within the US and abroad.
For those who can’t quite wait to get to the casino floors (or that still have money left over when they leave) McCarran International has just over 1300 slot machines, what better way to see the time go by than possibly getting money back for a free flight??
McCarran International’s also got a good secret up their sleeve, its not counting cards, but it is quite a tricky move. When you check your baggage in, instead of using bar codes they use small copper radio frequency microchips. Since they have implemented this technology luggage accuracy has risen from 80 percent to over 99 percent. What is even cooler is that only a handful of airports throughout the world have this technology. Hopefully that technology gets adopted by lots more airports throughout the world.
1. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
Airport Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Average Domestic Fare: $241
For those of you who like to get to the airport early and check out the planes taking off, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is the one for you. With three great viewing platforms situated throughout the airport. My favourite is the Hibiscus Garage Viewing Area. This is a fantastic platform where you get a birds eye view over the whole airport and don’t just witness the planes taking off. FLL is also one of the only airports anywhere (that I am aware of) that offers a luggage storage service. Perfect for going to watch the planes take off, or checking out the rest of the airports activities.
They also offer a baggage wrapping service which is second to none. For the small price of $15 they will wrap your bag. This is not like a normal wrapping service. This wrap comes with a guarantee that your luggage will not get damaged or lost. That’s a pretty sweet deal if you ask me.