L.A. is one of those destinations that lack anything like a typical low season. Those mild, generally sunny winters are a big draw as are the beach cities, Disneyland, Hollywood and Universal Studios (to name just a few wonderful attractions).
Most people traveling to Los Angeles still fly into LAX, but there are also four smaller airports in the area that also offer extremely reasonable airfare without the crowds.
Here’s a quick overview of fares into different gateways this spring (just in time for family and college spring break travel).
Book flights into LAX or Burbank for easy access to all things “Hollywood”
If your vacation is going to be centered in Los Angeles proper or the beach communities of Santa Monica, Venice, Malibu or Marina del Rey, you’ll probably find that LAX is still the most convenient option for your trip. Connecting flights on Spirit are a bargain from New York (LGA) at $215, or you can fly nonstop from JFK on Virgin America for $267.* Burbank offers easy access to the east side and downtown neighborhoods, as well as the San Fernando Valley, Pasadena and Universal Studios. Nonstop flights on Spirit from Chicago (ORD) start at $87.*
Orange County (SNA) or Ontario (ONT) are good options for Disneyland vacations
If you have a Disneyland vacation in mind, we’ll always recommend researching flights into Orange County or Ontario over LAX. Flights can sometimes be just as inexpensive as flights into Los Angeles, and you can save yourself a fair bit of freeway driving and airport congestion! Nonstop flights on American from Dallas ($186) or Phoenix ($150) to Ontario offer good value.* Nonstop flights on United from San Francisco are $97 and connecting flights on Frontier from Dallas are $197.*
Long Beach is great if you’re taking a cruise or are in a hurry
People don’t always realize that the Long Beach airport is a much more convenient gateway to Los Angeles harbor, from where all of the major cruise liners depart. In addition, Long Beach International has a charming bit of a retro feel to it, and it’s positively sleepy compared to LAX. Get your bags and be on your way in no time flat – it positively laps LAX on speed and efficiency, both coming and going (you’ll breeze through security). Nonstop flights on Jetblue are a good deal from Boston ($313) and JFK ($257).*
Here are a few more fares to pique your LaLa Land interest:
One more thing before we close…
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As always happy travels!
*Fares include taxes and fees and are valid as of 3/01/17 on select dates between 03/1/17 and 4/30/17. Lowest fare seats are capacity controlled and may not be available on every airline, flight, or date. Fares subject to change without notice.
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