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Best & cheapest option to Travel from Toronto to Tampa, Florida in Sept-Dec 2019

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Best & cheapest option to Travel from Toronto to Tampa, Florida in Sept-Dec 2019

Best & cheapest option to Travel from Toronto to Tampa, Florida in Sept-Dec 2019 for 2 adults, three small kids (1-5 year's old).

Drive, fly from Toronto or Fly from somewhere in USA ?
Kindly advice...
Thanks,
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Sam wrote: Www.flyswoop.com
Cheapest
But will they get you there and back on time with no hassles?

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Use ITA Matrix and price using the calendar (range of dates). I just ran it for October and it's doable for about $350 (Can) from YYZ, $250 (US) from BUF (which isn't much cheaper).
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Dont forget to purchase travel insurance.
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sh8wh4sg wrote: Best & cheapest option to Travel from Toronto to Tampa, Florida in Sept-Dec 2019 for 2 adults, three small kids (1-5 year's old).
Drive. Keep the kids entertained while driving. When you get there you'll already have your vehicle and won't need to rent a car to get around.
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Cavegirl wrote: Drive. Keep the kids entertained while driving. When you get there you'll already have your vehicle and won't need to rent a car to get around.
But my youngest one is just 7 months old, other's are 3 & 5 ! Do you think its a good idea to drive ?
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sh8wh4sg wrote: But my youngest one is just 7 months old, other's are 3 & 5 ! Do you think its a good idea to drive ?
I would think dragging 3 young kids and all their equipment (luggage, strollers, diaper bags, etc) through airports (especially security, and worse if you have to change planes somewhere with a tight connection) would be hell...
The major advantage of flying is the time, since that's a 2 day drive minimum.

If you only have a small car maybe you'd want to rent a larger vehicle (full size, if not SUV/crossover -- but check the rates, some agencies won't let you take larger vehicles out of country or limit your miles on them) for such a trip. That might be a better way to spend your money rather than on flights.
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EastGTARedFlagger wrote: I would think dragging 3 young kids and all their equipment (luggage, strollers, diaper bags, etc) through airports (especially security, and worse if you have to change planes somewhere with a tight connection) would be hell...
The major advantage of flying is the time, since that's a 2 day drive minimum.

If you only have a small car maybe you'd want to rent a larger vehicle (full size, if not SUV/crossover -- but check the rates, some agencies won't let you take larger vehicles out of country or limit your miles on them) for such a trip. That might be a better way to spend your money rather than on flights.
We have a Dodge caravan :)
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If i'm planing to drive , whats the best route and where can we take some sight seeing and halt, any recommendations ?
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Fly to FLL. Rent a car from there.
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mr_raider wrote: Fly to FLL. Rent a car from there.
The OP is going to Tampa not Miami! I don't think he would want to tack on a 4 hour drive from FLL to TPA after flying in....
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sandeep8g wrote: Dont forget to purchase travel insurance.
Must you repeat that same post in every thread? You getting paid by the insurance companies to shill for them?
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EastGTARedFlagger wrote: Must you repeat that same post in every thread? You getting paid by the insurance companies to shill for them?
Friendly reminder. What's your problem?
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As far as the price, you'll have to shop around and look for seat sales but from my experience, it's typically much cheaper to fly from the US (i.e. probably Niagara or Rochester for you). And with kids that age, I would look for a direct flight.

We typically fly discount airlines like Allegiant or Frontier (I'm in Ottawa so we typically fly from OGS, SYR or PBG). Remember to factor in all the extra costs (although I think pretty much all airlines charge for luggage and seat selection now).
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EastGTARedFlagger wrote: The OP is going to Tampa not Miami! I don't think he would want to tack on a 4 hour drive from FLL to TPA after flying in....
It beats driving for 3 days. FLL flights are relatively cheap and frequent. A mid size rental in teh US is usually quite affordable if you keep your eyes peeled for deals. Direct flights to Tampa are harder to come by.
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michelb wrote: As far as the price, you'll have to shop around and look for seat sales but from my experience, it's typically much cheaper to fly from the US (i.e. probably Niagara or Rochester for you). And with kids that age, I would look for a direct flight.

We typically fly discount airlines like Allegiant or Frontier (I'm in Ottawa so we typically fly from OGS, SYR or PBG). Remember to factor in all the extra costs (although I think pretty much all airlines charge for luggage and seat selection now).
Southwest flies NONSTOP (I never use the "d" word) Buffalo to Tampa so that might be the best bet, especially given that SW does not charge for checked luggage nor carryons. And with small kids the OP's family would get to board early (Southwest uses "rush seating" in an assigned order, rather than seat assignments, so earliest is best).
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Fly allegiant air from Niagara Falls, NY to St. Petersburg, FL.
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jl001 wrote: Fly allegiant air from Niagara Falls, NY to St. Petersburg, FL.
I wouldn't recommend them unless the OP likes getting nickel and dimed (more like $20'd and $50'd, in US currency) for carryon luggage, checked luggage, seat selection.... families with kids can't/don't travel "light".
If you gotta fly with an LCC in the U.S. stick with Southwest.
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sh8wh4sg wrote: But my youngest one is just 7 months old, other's are 3 & 5 ! Do you think its a good idea to drive ?
I responded to your other thread before reading this one.

7mths? Fly fly fly! Forget the drive, wait until they're older.

The 5yr old might be fine, the 3yr old will be sketchy, the 7mth old, no. It's 2 full days driving assuming you aren't making multiple stops. At this age, possible many pee stops.
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