As a frequent traveler, I am always looking for ways to keep costs down so I can travel more. One of my best travel tips is to take those pesky 6AM flights. Some people can’t fathom the idea. In my younger days, I would stay up all night and head to the airport after a night out. Now that I’m over 30 (eeeek) I usually try to sleep a bit before heading to the airport. There are so many reasons why 6AM Flights are the best, especially when traveling from NYC.
No Surge Pricing
That’s right. If you are taking a car service to the airport like Lyft, Uber, or Via, you are unlikely to encounter any surge pricing at 6AM. Via is now promoting flat fares of $21 to LaGuardia, $35 to JFK, and $45 to Newark. A recent trip to LaGuardia with Lyft only cost me $15+ tip. Don’t forget to tip your driver, especially if they help with your luggage! I find the prices with these car services do fluctuate and sometimes there are special promotions, so definitely check them all out before booking to find the best deal.
In addition to lower prices in the morning, you’ll also find the roads less crowded. An afternoon jaunt to JFK could take 1.5 hours on an average day. At 4am, it will be around 30 minutes from Manhattan. My second favorite method for getting to the airport after car services are buses. Unfortunately buses are a horrible option most times of day, but they run 24 hours and you can catch them in midtown Manhattan to all 3 local airports. When traveling to the airport during high traffic times, you’re often better off on the train, but it’s too much lugging bags around for me! Check out these articles, if you’re interested in learning more about how you can get to JFK or Newark Airports.
Short Security Lines
Another advantage to an early morning flight is shorter security lines. I finally upgraded to TSA Pre-Check, but only because I am lazy and am totally grossed out by taking my shoes off at the airport. I would always slip on disposable socks. It’s never taken me more than 15 minutes to get through security in the early morning hours without pre-check. Half the time TSA pre-check isn’t even open that early.
We can’t control the weather, and sometimes flight crews time out, but traveling early in the morning reduces the chance of a delay. It also increases the chance that you might find a same day fix to continue your travel plans. When my 6pm flight was delayed 6 hours and finally canceled the next flight out of NYC was in two days, so I had to catch a flight 24 hours later out of Philadelphia. These are really inconvenient alternative.
Need I say more? Sometimes during the summer, the sun has already risen before you leave the ground, but it still makes for beautiful lighting and stunning photos. These were captured on some recent 6AM Flights our of NYC.
Save on Hotel Night
Some people like to fly in at night, and wake up at their destination. I prefer to save on the hotel night. Be sure to rest a bit on the plane, and then depending on how far you’re flying, you can drop your bags at the hotel and start your adventure! On my recent trip to Florida, my flight landed 30 minutes early and I was out of the airport before 9 am, ready to start my day!
Have I convinced you to book a 6AM Flight for your next trip?
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