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NFT: If you were going to Chattanooga and there were no

pjcas18 : 3/16/2017 2:02 pm
non-stop flights would you:

A. Simply book a flight with a connection and suck it up
B. Fly to Atlanta and drive to Chattanooga (approx 2 hour drive)
C. Fly to Nashville and drive to Chattanooga (approx 2 hours 15 min. drive, but it's not Atlanta)
D. Other
E. Get your multiple choice questions out of here we hate you

no non-stops from Boston or surrounding airports to Chattanooga, and I HATE connections.

So I figure instead of flying to Charlotte (or other location) and waiting an hour or two getting on another hour (roughly) flight, I fly to ATL or NSH and drive and get there quicker (depending on traffic), plus I need a car in Chattanooga anyway, so I kill two birds with one stone.

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Danny Kanell : 3/16/2017 2:04 pm : link
I'd rather fly to a destination 2 hours away and drive and for me, it's not particularly close.
I'd go with C  
YAJ2112 : 3/16/2017 2:05 pm : link
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I vote C  
speedywheels : 3/16/2017 2:06 pm : link
ATL is such a nightmare airport. Sure there are less flight options into Nashville, but I hate ATL airport (and I'd guess I hate connections almost as much as you)
BTW  
Danny Kanell : 3/16/2017 2:06 pm : link
I'd vote C as well.
I vote for C  
hocuspocus : 3/16/2017 2:23 pm : link
My mom lives in southern Georgia and the nearest airport in any direction is 2.5 hours. However, there are no direct flights from LI to any of those airports. And I live 10 minutes away from MacArthur Airport, so it doesn't make sense to me to go to JFK or LaGuardia. One suggested itinerary I received was to fly from Islip to Baltimore to Nashville to Jacksonville. No thanks.

What I have been doing is taking a direct flight from Islip to Orlando and then driving the 5 hours to her house. It is an easy drive (all by the last 30 miles are on highways). One caveat -- I hate flying, so I make a priority of limiting my flying time. It ends up costing only a little bit more to do it my way.

I would never fly into Atlanta. I've heard lots of horror stories about that airport.
have flown into Atlanta many times.  
Giant John : 3/16/2017 2:29 pm : link
No issues.
Yeah  
pjcas18 : 3/16/2017 2:29 pm : link
C was my preference, just looking for what others would do.
Atlanta airport isn't nearly  
pjcas18 : 3/16/2017 2:31 pm : link
as bad as it used to be, especially with TSA pre-check. Just the traffic into and out of Atlanta I was thinking would be worse than Nashville.
By the time you fly  
B in ALB : 3/16/2017 2:31 pm : link
into Nashville or Atlanta and get a rental and drive, you might as well have taken the connection through Atlanta. The Nashville rental place is about a 15-20 minute walk from your gate and Atlanta is off site, meaning you'll need to jump on the train then a bus - at least 45 mins to an hour of dragging your luggage around.

Plenty of places to grab a couple beers or shop in ATL. If you have a long connection and you have an AmEx card, get a day pass to the SkyClub for $27 and enjoy all you can eat and drink, plus internet access, TVs, etc. Go to F Concourse and sit outside on the SkyClub tarmac deck and watch the international flights arrive and depart. Plenty of space and comfort.

Hell, you could spend $30 and take a nap at the Minute Suites in B Concourse. They have free Netflix and DTV, comfortable beds - plus workstations if you need to do some work. They'll even give you a wakeup call.
If you are not comfortable with connecting flights  
Mike in NY : 3/16/2017 2:36 pm : link
I would go with C because the airport is already outside of the center of the city in the direction you need to go unlike Atlanta.
There is  
the coffee man : 3/16/2017 2:40 pm : link
a shuttle you can take from Atlanta to Chatt for 30 bucks. Just an FYI.
Surprising lack of support for  
Deej : 3/16/2017 2:48 pm : link
hating pjcas.
RE: By the time you fly  
pjcas18 : 3/16/2017 2:50 pm : link
In comment 13395344 B in ALB said:
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into Nashville or Atlanta and get a rental and drive, you might as well have taken the connection through Atlanta. The Nashville rental place is about a 15-20 minute walk from your gate and Atlanta is off site, meaning you'll need to jump on the train then a bus - at least 45 mins to an hour of dragging your luggage around.

Plenty of places to grab a couple beers or shop in ATL. If you have a long connection and you have an AmEx card, get a day pass to the SkyClub for $27 and enjoy all you can eat and drink, plus internet access, TVs, etc. Go to F Concourse and sit outside on the SkyClub tarmac deck and watch the international flights arrive and depart. Plenty of space and comfort.

Hell, you could spend $30 and take a nap at the Minute Suites in B Concourse. They have free Netflix and DTV, comfortable beds - plus workstations if you need to do some work. They'll even give you a wakeup call.

What you say makes perfect sense. I'm an AMEX platinum card holder (membership fee reimbursed through work) so I have access to all the AMEX lounges and Priority Pass lounges at no cost, and the AMEX centurion lounges are pretty awesome.

however, after probably flying a million miles in my 30's in at this point I look forward to long drives more than the stress of air travel. 4 hours is now my cutoff, from Boston I won't travel anywhere closer than say Baltimore. Even Philly I drive (or take the train to) at this point.

I feel like all the air travel aged me 20 years in a 10 year period.
If you're totally against connecting in ATL  
B in ALB : 3/16/2017 2:53 pm : link
I'd fly to Nashville. The rental car process is much easier and convenient. Plus you could pick up some Hot Chicken on your way out of town.
ATL to Chattanooga is  
ATL_Giants : 3/16/2017 3:12 pm : link
more like 3 hours.
RE: ATL to Chattanooga is  
pjcas18 : 3/16/2017 3:14 pm : link
In comment 13395423 ATL_Giants said:
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more like 3 hours.


because of traffic? And remember this is airport to airport not really city to city.

Google maps says it's 125 miles and looks like a straight shot up I75.

depending on time of day  
B in ALB : 3/16/2017 3:16 pm : link
by the time you get around 285 or up 75 you could be 45 minutes until you hit the perimeter. Add in another hour to get your car.
So I think it's  
pjcas18 : 3/16/2017 3:21 pm : link
C or A. NSH sounds like more convenient and I've been there a bunch of times and airport traffic was never terrible and the rental car experience sounds better.

Plus I might book the trip so I stay in NSH the night after my meetings in Chattanooga and visit some friends and grab a hotel near the airport in NSH making it a complete no-brainer.
I've been many times and always fly to Chattanooga  
Ron Johnson 30 : 3/16/2017 3:32 pm : link
Connections suck but it beats driving.
One thing to consider  
Fred in Atlanta : 3/16/2017 3:33 pm : link
is when you are flying into Atlanta. Mon-Fri 4-7pm it might be a three to four hour drive and I would forget about the nightmare if the Braves are playing with the location of the new stadium (You will need to go right by it and it does not have public transportation).
When stumped  
jc in c-ville : 3/16/2017 3:50 pm : link
Would normally go with all of the above.
With those  
jtfuoco : 3/16/2017 5:42 pm : link
options I would do the connecting flight depending on the time you will get caught in traffic either way maybe if you fly into Knoxville and drive down 75 it might be more open
Hartsfield Airport is fine  
buford : 3/17/2017 9:58 am : link
we travel out of there regularly and it's better than some of the other airports, especially LaGuardia.

As for driving, you can get onto 75/85 right out of the airport and take that north to Chattanooga. You will get on 75 once they split. How bad the drive is depends on what time of day. If you are going after morning rush, it should be ok. if you are going during evening rush, it could be bad. I've never driven from Nashville to Chattanooga, so I don't know how that is.
C  
HomerJones45 : 3/17/2017 11:07 am : link
I've done the drive from Nashville to Chattanooga and it's cake. Plan to land I Nashville outside of morning or evening rush, get your rental and go. Once outside of Brentwood, you should be able to set the cruise at 75 and move. Nice ride.

Headed to Chattanooga tomorrow as a matter of fact.
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