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Old 02-20-15, 04:18 PM
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Anyone familiar with NC airports?

I've been tasked with planning a trip, preferably by air, but the wife does not want to use a turboprop and is fine with driving a bit (if needed, which cursory glance suggests it will).

Depart TUL and headed for Jacksonville, NC (OAJ).

Also related: is it really cheaper to book flight+hotel+car together?
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I've used Charlotte quite a few times. Been a while, I think it's a US Air hub...

The drive from Charlotte to Jacksonville will take you through the Uhwharrie Mountains area. These are the oldest mountains on the planet and look it.

After that it's flat and boring. About 4 hours.

I got no idea about the booking, for that kind of thing my travel was all corporate planned with the agency de jour.

Nowadays I avoid airports like the plague, book hotel rooms as needed and rent cars when mine breaks.
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She might be better off flying into MYR and driving the 1.5 hours north to Jacksonville.
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Old 02-20-15, 08:19 PM
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
I've used Charlotte quite a few times. Been a while, I think it's a US Air hub...

The drive from Charlotte to Jacksonville will take you through the Uhwharrie Mountains area. These are the oldest mountains on the planet and look it.

After that it's flat and boring. About 4 hours.

I got no idea about the booking, for that kind of thing my travel was all corporate planned with the agency de jour.

Nowadays I avoid airports like the plague, book hotel rooms as needed and rent cars when mine breaks.
Back when the oldest kids (her first three) were still living with their DNA contributor and we had visitation, we typically would meet halfway in Lebanon, TN. Of course, we were younger and I could still drive...

I've been to Jacksonville like 3 times- for her divorce and child custody hearing, to haul her stuff back to OK, and a child support hearing (that we had a summons for but somehow didn't make it on the docket). Took I 40 pretty much the entire way every time, though that trip with the U-haul trailer we cut through SC (to avoid the hills near Ashville), Atlanta (wipers quit working in the rain AND overheated), stopped in Birmingham for the night (came down w/case of squirts before heading out), then hooked back up w/I 40 in Memphis.
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Originally Posted by bikebuddha View Post
She might be better off flying into MYR and driving the 1.5 hours north to Jacksonville.
It's all at the nowhere edge of Down East.
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Originally Posted by bikebuddha View Post
She might be better off flying into MYR and driving the 1.5 hours north to Jacksonville.
If that's Myrtle Beach, Google pegs it as a 2.5 hour drive...

... and I just checked ticket prices on travelocity- to MYR would be $538.70+ per, while RDU starts out at $417.20 per r/t
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Delta has four non-stop flights daily from ATL to OAJ (Albert J. Ellis Airport, Jacksonville, NC). The equipment is CRJ (Canadair Regional Jet). These are small twin jet turbine powered regional jets; they're not turboprops. U.S. Airways also serves OAJ from DCA (Washington D.C.) and Charlotte using DH8 turboprops, CRJ regional jets, and Airbus 319s depending on the flight.

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^^^ that or I would suggest Wilmington NC (ILM). It's just an hour away from J'ville, straight up US 17 N. If you went through Myrtle Beach you'd drive right by Wilmington.

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I've heard of one near Kitty Hawk.
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Originally Posted by Scooper View Post
The equipment is CRJ (Canadair Regional Jet). These are small twin jet turbine powered regional jets; they're not turboprops.
Very nice small planes IMO.
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Originally Posted by jon c. View Post
Very nice small planes IMO.
I would rather spend two hours in a Beechcraft Bonanza than a CRJ.
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Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
If that's Myrtle Beach, Google pegs it as a 2.5 hour drive...

... and I just checked ticket prices on travelocity- to MYR would be $538.70+ per, while RDU starts out at $417.20 per r/t
Things have changed a lot in the last few years and sites like Travelocity aren't usually the cheapest anymore. Airlines control the inventory that get sent to the major reservation systems that Travelocity feeds off of and that keeps the prices up. That's why you see all the airlines advertising the fact that the lowest prices are on their own sites.

Also, that flight is so expensive because it regularly sells out. If they know it will sell out, they're not going to lower the price. That's the downside of flying into/out of relatively small markets and/or markets that have little competition.
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Originally Posted by bikebuddha View Post
I would rather spend two hours in a Beechcraft Bonanza than a CRJ.
Me too.
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Originally Posted by Zedoo View Post
I've heard of one near Kitty Hawk.
That would be First Flight Airport (FFA). It has a 3000 ft asphalt runway, but no scheduled airline service.
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Originally Posted by Scooper View Post
Me too.
I would take a DHC8 of any size over a CRJ.

As to the topic, fly to Wilmington/ILM (1h out) or RDU (Google says 2:10 out, but I bet it's less than 2h most days) and drive it if flying straight into Jacksonville is cost-prohibitive. RDU is a really nice airport, and it's probably the closest you can get if you like Southwest Airlines.

(Full disclosures: 1. I love turboprops. 2. I live less than a half-hour from RDU. 3. I have at least driven by Wilmington airport on the way to the beach.)
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I would just go TUL to ILM (Wilmington NC) and an hour drive from there. One stop in CLT or ATL pending the airline you choose. Try Kayak.com for looking as it is easy to filter.
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Thanks for the input folks, but it looks like we may end up driving after all- wife volunteered for a new shift that would have her working 3 12 hour shifts on, 4 days off, so we'll have the time to drive now. It will be hard on her to drive that much, but it will be a bit cheaper financially compared to 4 r/t airfares.

Looking like overnighting around Nashville, but dunno if to take I-40 all the way or head south through GA and SC...
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