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Old 10-30-2011, 10:09 PM
 
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Smile Tuscon vs. Phx Sky Harbor: Coming to AZ Need Advice

Hello Everyone: Need advice on trip to AZ. What are advantages and disadvantages of flying into Tucson International vs. Phoenix Skyharbor airports? I can save $130 round trip by flying in and out of Tucson vs. Phoenix.

I will be visiting both cities and during most of my trip and renting a car as soon as I land. My flight goes from East to Phoenix but for some reason if I continue onto Tucson after my flight lands in Phoenix, the fare is $130 less.

Any advice is appreciated.
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Old 10-30-2011, 10:11 PM
 
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The price competition for rental cars is usually a little more fierce, the larger the airport.
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Old 10-30-2011, 10:34 PM
 
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Thanks Matt Kim: I did not consider the car rental issue since I rarely rent them. The rental is 11% cheaper at Tuscon which is considerable over multiple weeks.

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The price competition for rental cars is usually a little more fierce, the larger the airport.
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Old 10-30-2011, 10:35 PM
 
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OTOH, the rental car companies in Phoenix may be getting killed with taxes the Tuscon area does not pay, or higher insurance or something.
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Northern Arizona
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You couldn't pay me to fly the little puddle jumper/turbo props they use to fly from PHX to TUS, but bear in mind I hate flying in general.
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:47 PM
 
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if you plan on visiting both and will be here for a while I don't see any reason to not take the flight into Tucson - cheaper flight & rental car? - seems solid to me

not the most exciting drive between the two cities - but you plan on going to both anyhow

back home i would frequently have to drive over 2 hours to get my flight - so even if you were planning to spend the whole time in phoenix I would still probably consider it as that type of travel day isn't foreign to me

although a larger & busy airport, skyharbor isn't a difficult one to get around - but it sounds like this one is a slam dunk for tucson
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Old 10-31-2011, 01:30 AM
 
Location: Biltmore area of Phoenix
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Go for Tucson.
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:08 AM
 
Location: South Tempe, AZ
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You couldn't pay me to fly the little puddle jumper/turbo props they use to fly from PHX to TUS, but bear in mind I hate flying in general.
I don't think the OP is on a puddle jumper PHX-TUS, it sounds like Phx is just a stop. Either way, with the cheaper flight AND the cheaper car, if both cities are on the agenda, this could work out.
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Old 10-31-2011, 12:29 PM
 
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Why not consider Mesa airport via Allegiant airlines? Their fares are very affordable, I flew round trip to Indiana last year for $300.
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Old 10-31-2011, 01:05 PM
 
Location: South Tempe, AZ
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Why not consider Mesa airport via Allegiant airlines? Their fares are very affordable, I flew round trip to Indiana last year for $300.
Allegiant doesn't serve many cities, and if the OP is going to spend time in both cities, might as well at least start in one of them.
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