Most visitors to Destin and neighboring South Walton have primarily traveled here by car. This is because airline connections in the past have been cumbersome and expensive. However new airline services at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport allow visitors to get here nonstop from a host of cities. As an added bonus, the increased competition has made flying to Destin much more affordable. Today many others across the nation are discovering the jeweled waters of the glittering gulf, the bright white sugary shoreline and this precious piece of paradise known as The Emerald Coast. Now thanks to these new inexpensive airline connections, you can join in with that Beach Boys classic singing, “We’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow”!
One of the latest airlines to offer an exciting new wide array of flights to the Destin area is Allegiant Airlines. Their company slogan is “Travel is our deal” which aptly describes their popular service due to the low cost of flights. They started out in 1998 with a hub in Fresno, California centered upon travel to Las Vegas and have expanded ever since. This hub now includes base operations in Asheville, Cincinnati, Ft. Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Oakland, Orlando, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Seattle, St. Petersburg and Indianapolis. These bases provide 177 destinations throughout the United States. In February of 2018, they announced Destin as their newest hub!
Current one way bargain deals being advertised on their website to Destin include: Austin from $64; Cincinnati from $47; Cleveland from $58; Columbus from $59; Evansville, IN from $61; Indianapolis from $58; Kansas City from $67; Knoxville from $56; Lexington, KY from $62; Louisville, KY from $43; Memphis from $43; New York City from $79; Oklahoma City from $42; Peoria, IL from $46; Pittsburgh from $58 and Raleigh, NC from $52.
Happily, the closest airport to Destin and Miramar Beach for regular commercial air travel is the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport. The convenient location off Eglin Parkway provides quick access that’s just minutes away from the beautiful beach. For example in light traffic, you can make it from the airport to Sandestin in Miramar Beach in under thirty minutes door to door thanks to the Mid Bay Toll Bridge. This award-winning airport has 110,000 square feet and serves about two million travelers every year. Including Allegiant Air this airport has over 50 non-stop flights arriving every day from all over the nation. It is also served by American, Delta and United Airlines. The interior has soaring ceilings with skylights that provide a sunny sensational look. A unique custom inlaid terrazzo floor in the main foyer displays an awesome multicolored map of the area as a welcome to all visitors. The mosaic map shows an aerial view of Choctawhatchee Bay, Ft. Walton Beach, Destin, Miramar Beach and the Gulf. The airport terminal has a casual laid back tropical feel yet also includes gracious amenities which dovetail into a highly “civilized” ambiance.
There are full bathroom facilities with changing stations, WIFI coverage and ATMs throughout the terminal. A Hudson Gift Shop is available for souvenirs as well as for fulfillment of personal needs. If you have some wait time, favorite drinks may be enjoyed at the “Tropical Landing Bar” before or after your flight. They have a number of large HD TVs for sports entertainment, news, and weather. The Emerald Coast Bar & Grill is on site serving savory sandwiches, salads, and flatbreads. They are famously known locally for their Mimosa’s and Bloody Mary's. Quizno’s Subs are also available for snacks. The alabaster white walls and green steel roof exteriors are accentuated by lushly landscaped grounds which provide another perfect welcome to The Emerald Coast. There is even a pet relief and play area provided nearby if your fur baby is traveling with you. A free shuttle service is available to and from the parking area. Complimentary curbside assistance is also available. Rental car services are inside on the premises as well for easy access for transportation. Private cabs, shuttles and limos are right outside.
As you plan your next trip down to stay with us at Ocean Reef Resorts, you may want to check out these bargain rates with Allegiant Air. Just think of what you can do with all that extra time on the beach instead of riding in the car. Also, you might want to let other members of your far-flung family and friends know that they can easily get here too for a fun reunion. Have fun staying with us and enjoy that extra beach time!