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Travel across USA on the cheap? Gateway airports?

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1. Posted by ditsygal (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Hi,

My friends and I are planning to visit Miami later this year. We want to see some of America’s other cities as well, such as California, Las Vegas (not all decided yet). We've only got 2/3 weeks.

Does anybody know if I can book a flight to say… California and on route stop off at different cities?

I thought a friend if mine did it years ago and called them gateway airports where you could get off for a couple of days, get back on the same flight with the same tickets and maybe stop off at a couple of other cities before reaching your destination.

If any of that made any sense to anybody I would really appreciate the advice :-)

Thanks

2. Posted by Myklepr82 (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Probably your friend offered her tickets and voluntarily became a stand by passneger....you can become a stand by, but there is no guarantee that you will get on a specific flight.

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 8y

Sometimes airlines that fly through a particular "hub" will let you get off and then back on to a further along destination. The hub destination has to be pretty much "on the way" to the futher on destination. The practice used to be common, but I don't think it stll is.

However, I would check with the airlines themselves.

Some major hub cities for major airlines:

Atlanta (Delta)
Cincinnati (Delta)
Detroit (Northwest)
New York (American)
Minneapolis (Northwest)
Dallas (American)
Newark (in New Jersey right outside of Manhattan--New York) (Continental)
Houston (Continental)
Miami (American)
San Francisco (United)
Chicago (United)
Pittsburg (US Airways)
Phoenix (US Airways)

Strangely enough, nobody has a hub in Los Angeles.

Good luck.

4. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 8y

stay at least a week in miami, 3 days tops in vegas (if you make it that long), finish up in san diego.

I would just book the flights online going for a few weeks you don't want to be spending too much time waiting around in airports.

maybe greyhound buses are the way to go. travel across the south. start in miami, go to new orleans, for a couple days, take a bus into austin, that's a party town right there and it's not too touristy yet. from there go into arizona and see the grand canyon take a short bus ride up to vegas then hit up southern california or maybe go to utah.

honestly you're gonna find it hard to leave miami.

5. Posted by ditsygal (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Thanks for the advice guys, makes things a bit clearer for me. I'm going to pass it on to my friends and see what they say. We definitely want to make the most of seeing what we can in three weeks. I'll check out greyhound buses and hub city airports. Cheers xx