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Old 01-23-2018, 01:46 PM
 
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If you are going to be renting a car when you are there, I would also look at flying into/out of San Diego.
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Old 01-23-2018, 01:55 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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$137 is for one way there and I know that's a good price.. That's why I posted the question and asked if anyone had bought a one way ticket and waited to purchase the return ticket. I'd rather get a great price flying home too, instead of 350-400$ Thank you!
Check other (nearby) routes home. I usually book one-ways on SWA and change them often.

SNA is a very convenient airport and cars are often quite inexpensive and very fast to pick up (no need for shuttle, cars are just outside terminal)

You can sometimes rent and drop at another regional LA centric airport without fees. (Or use Caltran between airports) I have found San Diego to be cheap for my departures (to SAT). Another option... SWA has a $40 fare from LAX to LAS (Vegas) and then find a bargain flight home from there... maybe on Spirit

SWA had a great booking feature a few months ago where you could pull up a route map and mouse over destinations and it would show the lowest price!!! that was too good / ez to be true, so it disappeared from their website after about a month. Was called "Fare by Map". Now they don't even recall it existed.
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Old 01-23-2018, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Lafayette
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The route from San Diego up to Newport Beach area looks very nice. It looks like it's a coastal ride the whole day. How would that route be as far as traffic in the summer months? We plan to get a morning flight to arrive around lunch time: noon or 1pm.
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Old 01-23-2018, 04:11 PM
 
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You can also check Long Beach Airport. Still pretty close to Newport Beach.

San Diego to Newport Beach: You are on the 5 freeway most of the way... In Dana Point, you can get off and travel on Pacific Coast Highway(PCH). Summertime(or anytime really), PCH can be stop and go especially through Laguna Beach. It's probably about a 2 hour trip.
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Old 01-23-2018, 07:30 PM
 
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It looks like you're best off keeping with Orange County and booking the return now at $137. Disneyland is just a few minutes away and in July will draw lots of people to that airport. In April the best fare is $99 so I wouldn't expect much better for busy July than what you see now.
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Old 01-23-2018, 07:43 PM
 
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Also, Spirit has roundtrips, some with nonstops, from $200 to LAX and $180 and up to San Diego.
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Old 01-30-2018, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Lafayette
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Thanks all.
I booked with Southwest this weekend.
We are flying out for the 137$ each. Was able to use points to book 3 tickets one way. Southwest added a return non-stop trip back at a good time for us for 247$. So I got 3 tickets into John Wayne airport and paid only $750 for all of us. I think I got a good deal! Now I just need to book a car.

We are staying in a house, walkable to beach, in Newport Beach

On my list for things to do so far are:

Laguna Beach
Fashion Island
The Wedge
Huntington Pier and surrounding area
Ruby's Diner
Orange Coast Winery

Hubby and I are 50 and are bringing our 18 year old son.

If you have any other must sees or must do's would you please share them?

Thanks so much!
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Old 01-30-2018, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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In Newport, we have done a whale/dolphin watch boat tour, it was really cool and got to see lots of both!
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