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2013
21
January
The Official Guide For Canadians Flying Out Of U.S. Airports (from Ottawa & area)


This guide will attempt to organize everything someone living in the Ottawa area might want to know about flying out of U.S. airports.

If you see anything in this guide that looks incorrect, out of date, or could just simply be improved with better info, please don't hesitate to contact me and I'll fix / update it.

Flying out of Ogdensburg, New York (OGS)

How long of a drive is it?

According to Google Maps, Ogdensburg airport is about a one hour drive from Ottawa (98 km each way). map link

Don't forget to account for border-crossing times in each direction. You can find estimated wait times online.
estimated wait times at U.S. border
estimated wait times at Canadian border

Tips:

- If you travel to the States a lot you may wish to get a NEXUS card for $50 (US) for 5 years and eliminate the line ups at borders and airports. [Info on how to apply for NEXUS]

Are there good deals to be had?

Allegiant Air flys out of Ogdensburg, with direct flights to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando-Sanford, Florida.

Every now and then the prices drop low enough to be worth the drive.

How much would I have to save for it to be worth the drive?

This is a tricky question, because the answer is different for everyone, based on the variables involved. But costs you should consider factoring into your comparison (besides the roundtrip flight price) include:

- extra fuel costs (how fuel efficient is your vehicle?)
- baggage costs
- parking your vehicle at the airport
- cost of hotel if it requires an overnight stay
- how much your time is worth
- extra vehicle depreciation

I've created an Excel spreadsheet to help calculate what the true savings are when flying out of Ogdensburg:
click here to download the spreadsheet in Excel format
or
try the U.S. Airports Savings Calculator via Google Docs

screenshot: (click to enlarge)

Go to the YOW vs OGS worksheet and enter in a few variables to calculate what your true savings would be. Using common averages, I've found that if the flight from Ottawa is about $75/person less than the flight from Ogdensburg, the average person is only breaking even.

In my opinion, when the flight from Ogdensburg is at least $175 less per person than the flight from Ottawa, it becomes worth the drive. This is based on my calculations using average factors, and 2 people in a vehicle. You can see the example in the spreadsheet that was used to draw this conclusion.

How much is parking?

Parking at Ogdensburg Airport is $8 USD per day.

Is there any public transportation from Ottawa to Ogdensburg airport?

South Coast Shuttle offers transportation from Ottawa to Ogdensburg airport, exclusively for Allegiant Air flights. The cost is $80 CAD each way.

Links

Ogdensburg Airport Website


Flying out of Watertown, New York (ART)

How long of a drive is it?

According to Google Maps, Watertown airport is about a two hour drive from Ottawa (208 km each way). map link

Don't forget to account for border-crossing times in each direction. You can find estimated wait times online.
estimated wait times at U.S. border
estimated wait times at Canadian border

Tips:

- If you travel to the States a lot you may wish to get a NEXUS card for $50 (US) for 5 years and eliminate the line ups at borders and airports. [Info on how to apply for NEXUS]

Are there good deals to be had?

The only airline that flys out of Watertown (ART) is American Airlines through the AA Eagle Network, which covers destinations throughout the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and Mexico.

How much would I have to save for it to be worth the drive?

This is a tricky question, because the answer is different for everyone, based on the variables involved. But costs you should consider factoring into your comparison (besides the roundtrip flight price) include:

- extra fuel costs (how fuel efficient is your vehicle?)
- baggage costs
- parking your vehicle at the airport
- cost of hotel if it requires an overnight stay
- how much your time is worth
- extra vehicle depreciation

I've created an Excel spreadsheet to help calculate what the true savings are when flying out of Watertown:
click here to download the spreadsheet in Excel format
or
try the U.S. Airports Savings Calculator via Google Docs

screenshot: (click to enlarge)

If you've downloaded the Excel file, please note that you will need to switch to the YOW vs ART worksheet at the bottom of Excel.

Go to the YOW vs ART worksheet and enter in a few variables to calculate what your true savings would be. Using common averages, I've found that if the flight from Ottawa is about $150/person less than the flight from Watertown, the average person is only breaking even.

In my opinion, when the flight from Watertown is at least $250 less per person than the flight from Ottawa, it becomes worth the drive. This is based on my calculations using average factors, and 2 people in a vehicle. You can see the example in the spreadsheet that was used to draw this conclusion.

How much is parking?

Parking is currently free at Watertown Airport.

Is there any public transportation from Ottawa to Watertown airport?

Unfortunately there is not.

Links

Watertown Airport Website


Flying out of Syracuse, New York (SYR)

How long of a drive is it?

According to Google Maps, Syracuse airport is about a 3 hour drive from Ottawa (306 km each way). map link

Don't forget to account for border-crossing times in each direction. You can find estimated wait times online.
estimated wait times at U.S. border
estimated wait times at Canadian border

Tips:

- If you travel to the States a lot you may wish to get a NEXUS card for $50 (US) for 5 years and eliminate the line ups at borders and airports. [Info on how to apply for NEXUS]

Are there good deals to be had?

Syracuse offers flights on some major carriers, such as Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta, US Airways, and United Airlines.

They also have JetBlue which is perhaps the most interesting, as it is a low-cost airline that serves a wide variety of destinations, and is one of the few low-cost airlines that people seem to like flying! They serve most major U.S. destinations, and are partnered with other airlines to offer destinations around the world.

Occasionally, a really great deal will come out on one of the major airlines (Delta, United, etc) and not be available from Ottawa, meaning Syracuse becomes the closest U.S. departure city for it to be available from.

How much would I have to save for it to be worth the drive?

This is a tricky question, because the answer is different for everyone, based on the variables involved. But costs you should consider factoring into your comparison (besides the roundtrip flight price) include:

- extra fuel costs (how fuel efficient is your vehicle?)
- baggage costs
- parking your vehicle at the airport
- cost of hotel if it requires an overnight stay
- how much your time is worth
- extra vehicle depreciation

I've created an Excel spreadsheet to help calculate what the true savings are when flying out of Syracuse:
click here to download the spreadsheet in Excel format
or
try the U.S. Airports Savings Calculator via Google Docs

screenshot: (click to enlarge)

If you've downloaded the Excel file, please note that you will need to switch to the YOW vs SYR worksheet at the bottom of Excel.

Go to the YOW vs SYR worksheet and enter in a few variables to calculate what your true savings would be. Using common averages, I've found that if the flight from Syracuse is about $250/person less than the flight from Ottawa, the average person is only breaking even.

In my opinion, when the flight from Syracuse is at least $350 less per person than the flight from Ottawa, it becomes worth the drive. This is based on my calculations using average factors, and 2 people in a vehicle. You can see the example in the spreadsheet that was used to draw this conclusion.

How much is parking?

Parking is currently $10/day at Syracuse Airport.

Depending on your situation, you may also want to look at Park Sleep Fly deals which can save money and can be more convenient if you need a hotel for the night.

Is there any public transportation from Ottawa to Syracuse airport?

There are no great options unfortunately. There is the Greyhound bus, which offers service four days a week (Sunday, Monday, Thursday, and Friday) from Ottawa to Syracuse Airport. It leaves at 10 p.m. and arrives at 2 a.m. It costs around $58 each way, which really eats into any possible savings.

Links

Syracuse Airport Website

See Something Wrong?

If you see anything in this guide that looks incorrect, out of date, or could just simply be improved with better info, please don't hesitate to contact me and I'll fix / update it.



2012
12
June
Ottawa to Istanbul, Turkey - from $693 roundtrip after taxes!

I've been waiting a long time for this! Turkey has always been near the top of my list of places on this planet that I want to check out (and it's a long list). Fares are *never* cheap though, and usually hover around a minimum of $1100-$1200 roundtrip after taxes.

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2012
26
April
Ottawa to Las Vegas - $344 roundtrip after taxes - between now and March 2013

United is showing some really good prices to Vegas at the moment. They've significantly dropped the price on a lot of their flights between now and March 2013.

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2011
31
October
Huge fare war from Ottawa to Amsterdam - $615 roundtrip after taxes - affecting fares up to May 2012

There's a huge fare war to Amsterdam (AMS) going on at the moment. It's really rare to see the major airlines drop a price to Europe like this from Ottawa over such a large date range.

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2011
7
August
Ottawa to Taiwan - $819 roundtrip after tax

Delta, United and Continental just dumped the price of their flights to Taipei, Taiwan in a serious way. They're down to $819 CDN roundtrip after tax at the moment, about 50% cheaper than the next cheapest airlines!

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2011
31
March
United's flights from Ottawa to Vietnam have gone sub-$1000

United's flights in April/May to Saigon, Vietnam (SGN) have dropped to $968 roundtrip after tax.

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2011
15
February
Fare wars to Asia continue - Syracuse to China and Japan down to $682 roundtrip after tax

Continental, United, and American Airlines are having a bit of a fare war to Asian hub cities.

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2010
1
November
Last minute flights to Florida: $273 roundtrip after tax

Last minute flights on major carriers are rarely cheap, usually quite the opposite, but Delta and United have some cheap flights to Florida.

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