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View Poll Results: At what minimum distance does flying become more practical over driving for you?
Less than 100 miles 0 0%
100 to 300 miles 5 5.00%
300 to 500 miles 30 30.00%
500 to 800 miles 41 41.00%
800 to 1000 miles 11 11.00%
Over 1000 miles 13 13.00%
Voters: 100. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-10-2016, 10:09 AM
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I can appreciate a good road trip but generally prefer to take the train (for regular Bos-NYC trips) or fly.
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Old 11-10-2016, 10:34 AM
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It takes me about 45 min to 1 hr to get to the airport. If you factor in another 45 min to get through security, get to the gate, etc... Then I would say 1.5 hrs is just the time to get me to the gate. Since I usually plan on getting to the gate about 30 min earlier, that's 2 hours right there. When I return from the airport, it's at least 45 min to get home. So 3 hours is spent without doing any actual travel, so that is my answer. I can drive about 200-250 miles in about 3 hours, so anything over that, I'd fly if given the choice. 3-4 hours is about the most I'd want to drive.
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Old 11-10-2016, 11:42 AM
Location: Somewhere in America
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If I can't drive it in a day, then I fly unless I'm on vacation and touring a specific area. I've driven over 1,000 miles in one day. Don't recommend doing it every week or anything...LOL
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Old 11-10-2016, 02:52 PM
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Four hours is about the limit I ever want to drive, beyond that and I'm looking for an airline flight. I just hate how long driving takes and I can't just zone out and read a book like I can when I'm flying.

However, I work for an airline. So, I get to skip TSA most of the time (known crewmember), my flights cost next to nothing, and my parking is free. I also know how the system works and have the ability to jump ship and find alternatives if a flight is delayed.
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Old 11-10-2016, 04:01 PM
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I drive from Vegas to LA/San Diego as I need a car anyway. Actually LOVE the drive, its beautiful!
But I fly to San Francisco. So about 500 plus miles. makes me fly.
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Old 11-16-2016, 06:58 PM
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It depends. I currently live in Chicago, so I can get direct flights to a bunch of difference places. We will generally fly if it is more than a 5 hour drive.

When we lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan, we generally drove a little more frequently. Having to drive 2.5 hours to Detroit or Chicago, or connect through them, for pretty much anywhere we wanted to go was expensive and didn't save that much time.
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Old 11-20-2016, 08:26 AM
Location: NY/LA
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When traveling by myself, I'd much rather fly than drive. We live 10 minutes from LAX, with status for the priority security lanes and lounge access, so trips to the airport are pretty smooth.

It's a little different when traveling with kids. I fly to Vegas (about 300 miles) when meeting friends there, but drive when going out there with the family.
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Old 11-23-2016, 11:27 PM
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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I don't like driving in cities, so even a 70 mile trip to New York, or about a 160 mile trip to Boston I'll take the train, however going out to the suburbs, or country I could drive about 300 or 400 miles. I think anything over 500 miles (about 8.5 hours driving) is the distance for flying, so that could take me to about Raleigh, NC. Anything south of there I'd definitely fly, between Raleigh & Richmond I'd fly/train/drive whichever is cheaper and from Richmond on I'd drive/or take the train.
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Old 11-25-2016, 09:43 AM
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I said around 300-500 miles but also depends on the kind of airfares available from your local airport.

I live in Charleston, WV and have driven to Columbus, Ohio to catch flights to California because that saved me $600. Southwest Airlines does not fly to West Virginia.
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Old 11-26-2016, 08:41 AM
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There are a LOT of variables.

As I live in Arizona, it is very easy for me to get a dirt cheap car rental ($100/ week plus tax) here that is half the price of the city to which I am traveling.

Also, one way car rentals that are very inexpensive have me driving more often than flying. Last week, I flew to San Diego for an extended weekend and picked up a car for $56/ week (Alamo special) that I will return to Tucson.

In Chicago, I could jump on a Megabus and ride for a small fraction of the plane fare and other related costs. That would also save me considerably on the car as i would pick up the car at a downtown location rather than at the airport.
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