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Old 01-13-2008, 10:04 AM   #16
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For those that travel from Detroit...I'd like to see some info pertaining to parking there. Costs?...Safety?...Sleep/park/fly?

Last summer I almost booked 4 tickets from Detroit at around $425 but DH said he was not comfortable leaving the car there.
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Old 01-14-2008, 06:20 AM   #17
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I can let you know after March about Detroit.
We are doing SPF at the Marriot Fairfield Detroit and it's costing us $109 for the thursday night before March break ($129 if you don't pay till you get there) and it includes 8 days parking.
From what I've read/asked it is a secured lot that the car is being put into.
There are cheaper SPF options but my dh is picky as to where he will and won't stay!!
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Old 01-14-2008, 04:27 PM   #18
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Short term parking

Just a quick note on the short term parking at Buffalo airport. It's very easy to find following their signs, and really cheap! I just picked up my daughter and her friend and it only cost me $3.26, and I was there a good 45 minutes!

Plus it is very easy to get into the airport from there! Love flying out of Buffalo!
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Old 01-14-2008, 09:40 PM   #19
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I haven't flown out of detroit or buffelo before but I plan to now that I live in London Ontario. We have a shuttle from here to the detroit airport that only costs around $100 return. Still an incredible savings compared to flying out of London or Toronto.
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For those that travel from Detroit...I'd like to see some info pertaining to parking there. Costs?...Safety?...Sleep/park/fly?

Last summer I almost booked 4 tickets from Detroit at around $425 but DH said he was not comfortable leaving the car there.
We have flown out of Detroit many times and have never had any issue with leaving the car. If you are flying from the LC Smith terminal, the big blue deck runs $10 per day. Not sure from the Macnamara terminal.

As for park/sleep/fly, we did this just this past Oct. for MNSSHP. Cost was $90 for the night at HoJo and 8 nights parking in a secured lot. Shuttle was easy to and from the airport. Only a couple minutes from the terminals.

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We live in London and almost always fly out of DTW. We usually fly Spirit (out of the older Smith terminal) departing for Orlando at 7:00am, so we do the SPF routine. Last two times we've stayed at the HoJo. Never again. It is cheap, but you get what you pay for. Rooms are dark, dirty, and often moldy in the wet areas. The Marriott Fairfield is right next door and is a much cleaner hotel - that's where we'll stay next time. Also the Marriott is immediately adjacent to Qwik Park for long-term parking. We used Qwik Park for our last trip and the lot is large, well laid out, and the shuttle service was very good.

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we leave our car for 2 weeks - this year we are staying at the Airport Crowne Plaza for $147 and this includes 8 nights parking and then we pay /day to park the additional days. The cars are parked in supervised lots - we leave ours for 2 weeks every year - no problems at all. I would not be concened about that.
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I live in the Windsor area and we fly from Detroit regularly. It's a relatively safe area. I say that, as a business traveller, most airport neighborhoods are not in subdivisions. Usual rules for safety apply. I am comfortable walking to and from restaurants and hotels in that area.

As far as car safety, most of the airport hotels have deals with the commercial park 'n fly lots. $20.00 over room rate gets you a 7 days in a guarded, fenced lit lot. A few still let you park in their lot, but last time I stayed pre-trip, I could not find one, so maybe it's hearsay.... Park 'n Fly works out well. Park your car, ride the shuttle to the airport, get dropped at the correct terminal check luggage, grab cocktail, start vaca... reverse when arriving. Extra days are paid per day. Not sure, but I think it was around $8.00 - $10.00.

Last time I stayed it was the Comfort Inn. Has a small restaurant and bar inside. Nothin' fancy, but clean. We agreed we would stay there again. I think around $65 w/o parking, $85 w/ parking. I'll try to post a small map with hotels on it. Not sure how, but I'll try. These are not all the Hotels, just a few across from the Airport.

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I am trying to find the fares you all quoted from NWA. We have reservations at OKW Mar 23-28 and I've tried a couple days before and after and the trips are much higher. Can you all help?
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You are defiantly right. We're flying March break through SWA, saved $750 by doing the extra 3 hour drive(as opposed to flying out of Buffalo), and close to $2200(for 4) rather than out of TO.
Never flew from Detroit though, if anyone has any tips.....please post them.
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If you are flying out on Saturday of March break, you would be wise to stay near the airport in Detroit the night before. I live in Windsor and once school lets out on Friday, it will be a long wait to cross the bridge.

We got a really good rate at the Crown Plaza near the airport that included 7 days of parking and the nights stay. Then we can get the shuttle to the airport in the morning.

I stayed at the Westin in 07 and we had to wait 40 minutes for bell services, so I figured I will not do that again. I was very disappointed.

Let me know what time you think you will be passing through Windsor and I will give you whatever tips I can.
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For those that travel from Detroit...I'd like to see some info pertaining to parking there. Costs?...Safety?...Sleep/park/fly?

Last summer I almost booked 4 tickets from Detroit at around $425 but DH said he was not comfortable leaving the car there.
There are different types of lots. Blue lots are the cheapest. I fly out of Detroit all the time both for personal and business.

You can park at the old Smith terminal the cheapest - $7 or $8 per day and they will shuttle you to either terminal. Allow at least 20 minutes to get around.

You can park at the Northwest terminal but I think it is $13 a day.

You can also park offsite and they will shuttle you in for a bit more than the blue lots.

The lots are very safe and I have come home at 1am alone and had no worries since they drop you off right at your car. They do a drive around until you locate your car.

WRITE DOWN YOUR LOT AND AREA!!!!! I write it on the parking stub since you have to keep that and I keep it in the same pocket as my car keys.
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I am trying to find the fares you all quoted from NWA. We have reservations at OKW Mar 23-28 and I've tried a couple days before and after and the trips are much higher. Can you all help?
You booked at a very busy time of the year for air travel and since the trip is coming up, the rates are much higher. Check Spirit.com since they often have deals come up. NWA - at this late date might be really hard to get.

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So how busy do you think it will be crossing over to Detroit on the Thursday night before March break?? March 6th. We aren't leaving Guelph until 4:30pm or so. And how bad will the airport be on the Friday - our flight leaves for San Juan at about noon-ish.
All the schools in our area have a PD day on the Friday so we chose to fly out on the Friday and leave from here the Thursday after work. I'm hoping that not alot of the people from our end will want to drive the 4 hrs to DTW and will fly from BUF instead.
We already have the fairfield booked at $109 for the one night including 8 nights parking.
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You should be good crossing on Thursday night. It might take you 45 minutes to get across the bridge, but that can be pretty normal.

There is an AppleBee's at Windsor Crossings mall on Highway 3 (401 turns into Hwy 3) on the left side of the road. It is right on your way if you need to eat.

Guelph is only about 3 -3.5 hours from Windsor. The airport will be busy but not crazy on Friday about noon.

Since Windsor schools do not have a PA day on Friday, only the kids and parents that have taken the day off will be travelling at the same time you are.
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Good to know... thanks!!
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