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Old 02-25-2007, 07:59 AM
 
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Which airport is better? Considering fares, congestion, getting to/from, delays, etc.
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Old 02-25-2007, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Tucson AZ & Leipzig, Germany
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Depends on where you are flying to or from and where you are living or staying in Northern Cal. SFO is only choice for most international flights and has the most non-stop flights to east coast cities. Oakland or Sacramento will get you to most places in the western US and the big hub airports like Chicago, DFW, Cincinnati, Denver, Minneapolis, ATL.
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Old 02-25-2007, 09:36 PM
 
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Oakland is much easier to get to and get around than SFO.
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Old 02-25-2007, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Oakland is much easier to get to and get around than SFO.
I could also remember that they had lots of wild rabbits/hares living in the vegetation next to the runways.
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Old 02-26-2007, 12:21 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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I have flown and driven to both Sacramento and San Francisco. While SF and Sac are easy to get in and around for the most part. SF can get tricky with traffic. Also depending upon where you live in Sacramento it could be hard at certain times of the day.

I lived in Natomas which was a five minute drive to the Sacramento airport and we moved there for that specific reason. It was handy to get in and our of the Sacramento airport easily. Also the Sacramento airport has been growing steadily since it became an International airport some years back. It has a really good plan for growth and adding additional flights as well in the future.

Fares it really just depends on where you are going. My hubby travels a ton for business all across the country and we didn't see a significant difference in pricing from the airports.

Hope that helps!
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Old 02-26-2007, 10:25 AM
 
Location: The Bronx
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I used to fly out of Oakland all the time. Beats the pants off of SFO.
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Old 02-26-2007, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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While SFO has the most flights (both domestic and international), it's a pain in the **** to deal with, and often has long delays due to fog... it once got "fogged out" for 4 days, which stranded me in LA! They're also famous for losing luggage, and long-term parking is only available a few miles away.

Now to be more positive, I actually like San Jose's Muneta Airport the best. They have lots of cheap domestic flights, it's smaller (therefore easier to navigate & park), usually runs on time & doesn't lose much luggage. Only thing I hate is picking up people at the curb, since they have these hardcore parking Nazi-s... you can't park for more than 3 seconds, so your passenger has to literally be at the car door before you can stop! They did recently add a "cell phone waiting area", which should alleviate some of those issues - you can wait there until your passenger calls from the curb.
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Old 02-26-2007, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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How funny... they actually censored the word "a-rse", which I thought was the censored version of a--.
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Old 02-26-2007, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Bitterroot Valley
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Post which airport?

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Which airport is better? Considering fares, congestion, getting to/from, delays, etc.
I have always used Oakland and SFO until I discovered Sacramento. But it does depend on your destination.

From SFO I can go back East more easily for less money, with one stopover in Atlanta. Parking is the pits and the traffic sucks. Same with Oakland, but a bit easier to get to.

The one time I used San Jose, I hated the airport where we boarded...hot, dusty and under construction...no A/C.

I really like Sac though. It's convenient from East Contra Costa County (straight up I-5), lots of parking with frequent shuttles to the terminal and we use it when flying into Montana. Using it to fly back east would be better for us, but it does add to the fare

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Old 02-26-2007, 10:53 PM
 
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Sacramento's airport can be very easy to deal with and some fares are great. You just aren't going to find the choices that you'll find with SFO or Oakland. Also depends on where you're going.
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