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Good/Bad cities for frequent flights to LA==HELP!

Old Jan 4, 18, 6:05 pm
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Good/Bad cities for frequent flights to LA==HELP!

So I'm trying to advise a future grad student who wants to fly home to wife a lot in LA on the weekends from his grad program since LA hasn't interviewed him.

What are good cities other than obviously SF/Seattle/NYC/Boston/DC for frequent direct flights to LA (n case of cancellations) easy to get to airport , possible redeye options? Thanks!
So far seems like Columbus Ohio is bad--get there late the next day even if on a redeye--
not good for a quick weekend going home. No, wife will not move. Yes, he likes flying so frequent flights are ok.

possibilities right now include Atlanta/St Paul MN/Albuquereqe, What else is good and what else should he avoid? Hesitating on chicago due to horrific weather shutting down air travel frequently...
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Old Jan 4, 18, 7:09 pm
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It also depends on where in LA... (plus there are a lot of schools in and near LA - what field?). Being able to fly into an airport besides LAX is preferable unless you live close to LAX. Getting in and out of the airport has gotten to be pretty horrific.

WN and AS have nonstops PDX-BUR & PDX-LAX.
Tuscon, Phoenix, Las Vegas are all easy flights from LA. I even work with people in LA who attend UofA part time for grad school.
Albuquerque should be pretty easy to LA.
Ann Arbor is close to DTW and there should be DL nonstops.
I fly IAD and BOS regularly from LA, and it gets old - even the non-stops take a long time, and a grad student is going to spend more time than is healthy on redeyes. Boston isn't nearly as good as DC for frequent flights.
UA has tons of LAX-ORD flights, but both airports are awful to get to.
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Old Jan 4, 18, 7:16 pm
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Assuming he doesn't need to stick to one carrier, here are the top 20 US destination airports in terms of number of flights from LAX for January 2018:

SFO - San Francisco, CA, US - 1619 flights in Jan 2018
JFK - New York-JFK, NY, US - 1082 flights in Jan 2018
LAS - Las Vegas, NV, US - 1047 flights in Jan 2018
SEA - Seattle, WA, US - 841 flights in Jan 2018
SJC - San Jose, CA, US - 768 flights in Jan 2018
DEN - Denver, CO, US - 736 flights in Jan 2018
PHX - Phoenix, AZ, US - 727 flights in Jan 2018
ORD - Chicago-O'Hare, IL, US - 664 flights in Jan 2018
DFW - Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, US - 630 flights in Jan 2018
OAK - Oakland, CA, US - 594 flights in Jan 2018
SMF - Sacramento, CA, US - 557 flights in Jan 2018
SLC - Salt Lake City, UT, US - 537 flights in Jan 2018
ATL - Atlanta, GA, US - 536 flights in Jan 2018
SAN - San Diego, CA, US - 512 flights in Jan 2018
PDX - Portland, OR, US - 476 flights in Jan 2018
HNL - Honolulu/Oahu, HI, US - 470 flights in Jan 2018
IAH - Houston-Intercontinental, TX, US - 449 flights in Jan 2018
EWR - Newark, NJ, US - 407 flights in Jan 2018
BOS - Boston, MA, US - 379 flights in Jan 2018
MCO - Orlando, FL, US - 319 flights in Jan 2018
AUS - Austin, TX, US - 286 flights in Jan 2018
TUS - Tucson, AZ, US - 267 flights in Jan 2018
IAD - Washington-Dulles, VA, US - 263 flights in Jan 2018
MSP - Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, US - 258 flights in Jan 2018
OGG - Kahului/Maui, HI, US - 256 flights in Jan 2018

I didn't have time to combine metros, exclude Hawaii, etc, but you get the general idea from above.
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Old Jan 5, 18, 8:16 am
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Is there a list of schools with which your student has interviewed and/or been accepted? If not, it seems like there are more than enough schools within driving distance of LA (UCSB, UCR, UCI, UCSD) that would obviate the need for flights. Grad students tend to be short on time and money... my first priority (aside from the program / advisor) would be proximity to LA in this case, so if he can't get a position within driving distance, consider the Bay Area, Sacramento (UC Davis), Phoenix (ASU), maybe even Reno (UNR)? Second tier choices (because the flights are longer) would be Seattle (UW), Salt Lake (U. Utah), Tucson (U. Arizona, not that long but infrequent options), maybe even CU Boulder or Oregon / Oregon State, though those schools involve a bit of a drive to the airport. I agree that flying into a non-LAX airport (Burbank, Long Beach, maybe Ontario) is worth considering depending on where in LA his wife lives.
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Old Jan 5, 18, 2:42 pm
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Why would you exclude ORD because of weather but include BOS, NYC, Minneapolis etc? If anything, because O'Hare has so many flights, it would be a lot easier to get out than from a smaller airport after a weather delay. Chicago also has Midway with frequent flights to LAX and one or two flights a day to Ontario.
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Old Jan 8, 18, 2:31 pm
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The poster who pointed out that LAX is a difficult airport is right on. If you're doing this trip every weekend, or even less often, consider how much time will be spent just getting to LAX and getting through security there (that's IF you have someone drop you off; parking will take more time). And don't forget the half-hour or so of taxi time upon landing.
I'd tell your friend to stay on the west coast, where they can get nonstops to BUR, ONT, LGB or SNA as appropriate to where the wife lives. LAX will add two hours to their travel time a week.
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Old Jan 9, 18, 11:48 am
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Any big hub airports will have multiple daily flights to LAX so that's not really an issue.

Like others have mentioned, we actually need to know where your friend lives in the LA area to make a recommendation.
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Old Jan 31, 18, 1:57 pm
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Just booked a rare (for me) business trip to LAX, and was blown away by the inexpensive airfare DEN-LAX. Lots of competition on that route. Above are the best deals on a 4-day trip in March. FC roundtrips are typically in the $400 range.
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