This post may contain affiliate links from our advertising partners, such as American Express. Read my Advertiser Disclosure policy here.
South Florida is a very popular travel destination. Many people who are visiting South Beach or Miami choose to fly into Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, which is about an hour drive to the north.
If you’re looking to redeem your credit card points or airline miles for free flights to South Florida, we recommend using the Juicy Miles award booking service, who can help you redeem for the lowest amount of miles, as well as using partner airlines.
It’s a smaller airport than Miami International Airport. It’s easier to navigate (you don’t need to take a monorail between terminals, as is the case with Miami’s airport). Plus, many of the lower cost carriers, like JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines fly into Ft. Lauderdale, instead of Miami.
But if you’re staying in Miami or South Beach, your best bet is to fly into Miami International Airport, unless you’re able to find a flight into Ft. Lauderdale for at least $100 less.
That’s because an Uber ride from Miami airport into South Beach — which is slightly farther away from downtown Miami — costs only $17-$20. By the way, a taxi cost $35-$40.
If you were to fly into Ft. Lauderdale, you would face at least a 45 minute drive to South Beach, costing at least $60-$100.
The goal of this blog post is to show you that flying into a city’s lesser known airport may seem like a cheaper and more convenient option, especially if you’re able to score a deal on a low-cost carrier, you might end up spending more money (and time!) after factoring in ground transportation costs.
As mentioned above, the rise of the sharing economy (outlets like Uber and Lyft) has dramatically decreased the cost of ground transportation. But that doesn’t mean you should be throwing the savings you scored from a cheap plane ticket into long distance Uber rides. The goal is to travel for less, not travel frugally in one area, only to spend frivolously in another area.
As mentioned, If you’re looking to redeem your credit card points or airline miles for free flights to Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, we recommend using the Juicy Miles award booking service, who can help you redeem for the lowest amount of miles, as well as using partner airlines.
Which airport do you prefer when headed to South Florida? Miami (MIA) or Ft. Lauderdale (FLL)? Feel free to share your feedback below!
Editorial Note: Opinions, analyses, reviews or suggestions expressed on this site are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer. This post was accurate at the time of posting, offer may be unavailable on this site at a later time. For details on current offers visit the card issuer’s site.