In this series, I will talk about how to use Buffalo as an alternate airport to Toronto.
- Buffalo Airport Overview
- Examples of savings
- Driving to Buffalo Airport from Toronto
- Where to park at Buffalo Airport
- Getting to Buffalo Airport – The 1-way Car Rental
- Getting to Buffalo Airport – Bus, Shuttle & Taxis
- Using Buffalo Airport when visiting Toronto
In the previous post in this series, I talked about how to do the analysis to see whether it makes sense to use Buffalo Niagara Airport / BUF as an alternative to Toronto airport. In this post, I will go through a few examples to see when it might or might not make sense to use Buffalo Airport.
All of these examples assume that you live and work in the greater Toronto area and Toronto Pearson Airport / YYZ or Toronto City Centre Airport / YTZ would be your most natural airport choices. In the previous post, I showed the savings associated with 5 trips that could be made from Buffalo or Toronto. Obviously, there are other factors that decide which flights to take, beyond just the ticket price. Hopefully these examples will help to decide if and when it makes sense to fly from BUF or YYZ / YTZ.
|Destination||Dates||Best Price (YYZ)||Best Price (BUF)||Savings / Person by using BUF|
|Houston||10/25 – 11/6||$709||$253||$456|
|Las Vegas||11/29 – 12/2||$530||$292||$238|
|Edmonton||11/13 – 11/18||$662||$507||$155|
|Hong Kong||January 2013||$1116||$1141||-$25|
|New York||11/2 – 11/4||$302||$250||$52|
Prices shown were available as of September 27, 2012
Example 1: Houston
Let’s say your family of 4 is interested in taking a cruise out of Galveston (Houston) TX from October 27 – Nov 3. There is some flexibility on dates and you want a few days in Houston to explore the city and spend time with friends who live there. You also don’t care which Houston airport you fly into.
Example 2: Las Vegas
Your best friend is getting married and wants to have his bachelor party in Las Vegas the weekend after US Thanksgiving. There are 2 of you planning on going from the Toronto area. Everyone is going to be there November 30 – December 2, but you don’t mind getting there a day earlier or leaving a day later.
Example 3: Edmonton
We have seen the savings by flying to mid range and long haul US destinations. Let’s say you wanted to go to Edmonton for 5 days for a fall wedding. You are already shelling out money for the wedding and your biggest concern is cost. Most people think that for a domestic flight there’s no way BUF would even be an option.
Example 4: Hong Kong
YYZ tends to be more competitive on international destinations. Let’s say you wanted to go to Hong Kong for a 2 week trip in February 2013. You can take your vacation any time the flights are cheaper.
Example 5: New York
You want to go to New York for the weekend for a visit. You are on a pretty tight timeline and you don’t want to take more than Friday afternoon off and you have to be back at work on Monday.
As with anything, you are going to have to do the analysis of what makes sense for you. In this post I showed a few examples to illustrate the savings to be had when flying from Buffalo. In future posts, I’ll comment on the best options for getting to Buffalo Airport by car and what to do with your car when you get there.