Why changing the airport of departure might save you money

Many travelers only consider the nearest airport as the starting point. For us Belgians that would be Brussels Airport. Unfortunately many destinations are not within direct reach from this airport so that we are easily faced with a stopover. But that’s not the only reason why you should consider changing the airport of departure.

Image of an airplane flying over the ocean and the sand dunes at sunsetBut why only look at what’s in front of you? When we take the example of Belgium, we see that its central European location opens many more possibilities to fly around the world. And yes, maybe you have to compensate by driving a little further to that airport in a neighbouring country but who cares if you can save in total travel time?

Apart from this one reason, what other motivation can there be for changing the airport of departure? The answer to this question is quite simple: the price! Choosing an airport in a neighbouring country or state as your starting point might save you a lot of money. And when you’re traveling with a company of four, just like we do, you benefit fourfold!

Let’s look at an example for our upcoming flight to New York. Kayak, Google Flights and Momondo are my favorite flight searchengines. Read more about the possibilities of these tools in this post.

Departing from Brussels

Screenshot of the Kayak booking page with several flights departing from Brussels for comparison reasons: One LOT Polish Airlines offer showing the cheapest ticket price of €715 and one Aer Lingus offer showing the second cheapest ticket price of €809The first option is not that interesting for us because it involves a nightly layover in Warschau. Anyway, we still show you the total cost of both options to tackle this comparison in a fair manner.

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The flight with LOT

Screenshot of a booking page on the GoToGate website, with a LOT Polish Airlines flight departing from Brussels for the total ticket price of €1601,16 for 2 adults and 2 kids

When clicking on the suggested price, I was being redirected to GoToGate where it seems to be a different story price-wise. This made me check the rate on the LOT’s website where the GoToGate price of €3122,52 was confirmed.

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The flight with Aer Lingus

Screenshot of a booking page on Aer Lingus website with a flight departing from Brussels for the total ticket price of €3107,48 for 2 adults and 2 kids

 

Changing the airport of departure to Paris

Screenshot of a Ukraine Intl Air offer with departure from Paris on the Kayak booking page, for comparison reasons, showing the cheapest ticket price of €464The first option is well priced but unfortunately it involves a 3 hours back and forth flight in the opposite direction and a layover in Kiev. So I keep looking.

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Changing the airport of departure to Amsterdam

Screenshot of a Turkish Airlines offer with departure from Amsterdam on the Kayak booking page, for comparison reasons, showing the cheapest ticket price of €763

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Changing the airport of departure to Düsseldorf

Screenshot of an Air Berlin offer with departure from Düsseldorf on the Kayak booking page, for comparison reasons, showing the cheapest ticket price of €533

Screenshot of an Air Berlin booking page with departure from Düsseldorf, for comparison reasons, stating a total price of €2136,32 for 2 adults and 2 kids

And we have a winner! Düsseldorf offers a direct flight for fair prices. And it’s no more than a 2,5 hour drive away from for example the city of Ghent (Belgium).

Because we will spend about 5 weeks in the US, we don’t plan on driving ourselves and paying for airport parking. Who would? And why bother a family member to take us there if there’s a cheap airport transfer service available with, for example Tinker, offering sharp early bird packages:

Screenshot of a booking page on the Tinker website

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This is an overview of the final budget for our company of 2 adults and 2 kids:

 

Flight (return) Düsseldorf – New York City

€2136,32
Transport (return) Gent – Düsseldorf €199,92
Total €2336,24

Compared to the cheapest departure from Brussels Airport we cut down the expenses by €786,28! Needless to say that this justifies the extra research! We can’t wait to find out how much money you will save when changing the airport of departure! Keep us in the loop!

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