ERICKSON: Next time, fly Macon

May 24, 2013 

My schedule worked out for me to be able to do it. I now have to wonder why the rest of you are not doing it. I flew to Washington, D.C., from Macon.

I did not take the bus or drive to Atlanta. I drove to the Middle Georgia Regional Airport in south Macon, parked my car for free at the airport, hopped on a plane, and a few hours later arrived in Washington, D.C. In fact, I just got home and wanted to make a full round-trip before recommending or not recommending the service.

I do believe from here on out I will be making the trip in this way. The airline, Silver, has code share agreements with several airlines, most specifically, United. However, I logged on to Delta.com and was able to book a trip through Delta’s website, from Macon -- airport code MCN -- to Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport -- airport code DCA.

More specifically, and to the question you probably are wondering, the total cost of the flight, booked two weeks before the trip, was $430, including airport fees. That price was only $40 more than had I flown directly from Atlanta. You can also book flights at flysilver.com.

You can check bags in Macon to your final destination. Factor in the cost of transport to Atlanta, or the cost of driving yourself and paying for parking in Atlanta, and it worked out cheaper to fly out of Macon. Plus, parking is free and secure at the Macon airport.

The plane was a real commuter plane like you would find at most major airlines. The seat pocket actually had the Silver Air in-flight magazine and United’s Hemisphere magazine. The total travel time including on the ground and in flight was about 45 minutes -- faster still than driving.

What’s more, you do not have to go to Atlanta. Silver flies to Atlanta and to Orlando. At both airports, passengers can switch to other major airlines to continue their trip. Flights can be booked via Delta, Orbitz, Kayak and other sites.

There are two things passengers should note. In order to make my trip work via Atlanta, flights out of Macon to Atlanta leave in the evening at 6:20 p.m. and return in the morning at 9:30 a.m. In order to accommodate my schedule, I flew into Atlanta on Sunday evening, then took the 8:20 p.m. flight to Washington. On the way home, I had to take the earliest flight out of Washington at 6 a.m., in order to make the 9 a.m. flight from Atlanta to Macon. It is one flight to Macon per day and one flight to Atlanta.

Silver flies to Atlanta from Macon in the evenings, returning in the mornings, and flies from Macon to Orlando in the mornings, returning in the evenings. Macon serves as a pit stop between Atlanta and Orlando.

One of the most surprising experiences was walking onto the plane in Macon last Sunday evening finding a mostly full flight of passengers headed from Orlando to Atlanta. Leave time between flights. We were delayed headed into Atlanta on Sunday night because of the awful weather.

Once in Atlanta, passengers arrive at Gate E-37, which may be the farthest point from anywhere in that airport. It’s a bit of a walk to the train taking you to other concourses.

The Silver Air network connects to many other cities via Atlanta and Orlando, including the Bahamas. The planes were clean, large, convenient, and cheap to fly. I highly recommend you consider it next time you fly.

Erick Erickson is a Fox News contributor and radio talk show host in Atlanta.

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