How did people compare travel costs before the Internet? A listener called in with that question this morning and we weren’t really sure how to answer. Now there are websites dedicated to showing you real-time prices, but what would people do 30-40-50 years ago? Would you call multiple airlines to find the best price? That seems like a nightmare. Tap the chat button on our app if you know the answer.

Rochester residents have two options for traveling – The Rochester International Airport and The Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport – and RST makes it simple for travelers to compare prices with their “true-cost” calculator.

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I have flown out of both airports, and each has its perks. I try to fly out of Rochester whenever possible because I love getting home 5 minutes after landing!

When my wife and I flew to Italy 10 years ago we flew out of Rochester and the tickets were surprisingly cheaper than MSP, plus we avoided parking fees. For that trip, we flew from RST to MSP and then directly to Rome, and there was no layover between connecting flights. We have also found cheap tickets and flown to Chicago from RST for a long, fun weekend.

Is It Cheaper To Fly Out of Rochester or Minneapolis?

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The Rochester International Airport says you’re one connection away from 300 destinations.

On their site, they’ve built a true cost calculator to help you decide which airport makes the most sense. (click to interact)

All you need to do is enter the airfare that you’ve found for RST and MSP and the number of days you’ll be parking and then the calculator takes care of the rest!

Disclosure: The Rochester International Airport is sponsoring the Taylor Swift in Paris contest with Townsquare Media in Rochester. Enter to win below!

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