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DownAndDirty
07-19-2018, 07:14 PM
I'm wrapping up my AF career and looking into future options. I plan to apply to every major I can, but AA/SW/UN would be my top choices due to Texas hubs. My wife and I are from San Antonio and would love to move back, but I also want to avoid commuting if I can. To those that live in SA, how reasonable is it to commute to DFW/DAL/HOU/IAH?


Hilltopper89
07-19-2018, 08:04 PM
No. Nobody commutes from San Antonio.....


Seriously. It’s a tough commute anywhere. Every time I’ve done SAT to anywhere there’s been a Jumpseat rider. If you want to stay there get hired by SW or UAL and drive to Houston.

StillFlying
07-19-2018, 08:34 PM
Itís a fairly easy commute at FDX. AUS is a good backup too, especially if you live on the N/NE side of town.


tinman1
07-19-2018, 10:39 PM
Itís a fairly easy commute at FDX. AUS is a good backup too, especially if you live on the N/NE side of town.

AUS has way less pilots commuting compared to SA. The only problem with driving up to AUS is that I35 can be a complete disaster, or it might be fine. It is definitely a wildcard. There are no efficient back roads or state highways either so if there is a major accident, construction, or just normal congestion due to the massive amount of people moving to central Texas, then you will be completely hosed.

coryk
07-20-2018, 04:44 AM
I'm wrapping up my AF career and looking into future options. I plan to apply to every major I can, but AA/SW/UN would be my top choices due to Texas hubs. My wife and I are from San Antonio and would love to move back, but I also want to avoid commuting if I can. To those that live in SA, how reasonable is it to commute to DFW/DAL/HOU/IAH?

If youíre going to commute, commute at FDX. Seriously. Iím sure you have friends from big blue doing exactly that. Ask them. :)

crxpilot
07-20-2018, 06:18 AM
I'm wrapping up my AF career and looking into future options. I plan to apply to every major I can, but AA/SW/UN would be my top choices due to Texas hubs. My wife and I are from San Antonio and would love to move back, but I also want to avoid commuting if I can. To those that live in SA, how reasonable is it to commute to DFW/DAL/HOU/IAH?

I know this is a ďduhĒ statement but why put yourself through all that if you have to move anyway? Get the job and move to the hub and enjoy all the extra time and flexibility it affords. Use your days off to take the wife to San Antonio to get your fix in there for whatever reason draws you there whenever you want.

24Whiskey
07-20-2018, 09:24 AM
Canít speak for intra-Texas commuters much. I have heard of UA guys driving to IAH more often than flying. The drive isnít a big deal if youíre only doing it 3 times a month.

I commute DTW and JFK and I strongly recommend being in a situation where AUS is an easy drive. I live in between the two where Iím about a 30-40 minute drive to either. Consider New Braunfels, San Marcos or Wimberley. Three years of commuting so far and Iíve only once missed a flight home - thanks in part to having two options.

A few DL guys live in Boerne and end up driving an hour and a half to AUS to take a 3.5 hour flight to JFK. Not really an ideal commute if you ask me.

That being said I enjoy where I live and itís easily worth putting up with the commute.

gsphuntr
07-20-2018, 01:40 PM
I live in New Braunfels and work for UPS... I did the pax carrier commute for 10 years outta AUS and SAT... itís doable, but, not without its share of headache. I found ORD to be easier to get to than IAH... that drive to HOU/IAH got old real quick..

I highly recommend you look at UPS/FEDEX... commercial tickets and/or guaranteed booked jumpseats have added years to my life.

NavyFlyer86
07-23-2018, 07:20 AM
This is exactly my plan when I go part time mil in a couple years. At least until I get hired on at a major and get domiciled out of DFW/DAL. Following!

Nawstin
07-23-2018, 07:21 AM
I also live between SAT and AUS but usually try to commute from SAT to DFW. The employee lot is really convenient at SAT. Itís been hit or miss for me. Iíve had to drive some of the time but thatís mostly because I see the loads look terrible (due to holidays or cancellations) and decide to sleep in and drive instead of worry about flying.

For reference on AA itís pretty normal for all 10ish flights to have 10+ nonrevs listed. Granted Iím at a regional so Iím way down the list. I havenít resorted to SWA to DAL yet though that is an option. If I was based in Houston Iíd probably default to driving.

StillFlying
07-23-2018, 07:42 PM
The employee lot is really convenient at SAT.

If you are/were in the military and have special plates (MSM, Air Medal, etc.), you can park in public parking lots for free. I typically parked in short term parking when I commuted from SAT.

djslappy
07-29-2018, 07:16 AM
AUS has way less pilots commuting compared to SA. The only problem with driving up to AUS is that I35 can be a complete disaster, or it might be fine. It is definitely a wildcard. There are no efficient back roads or state highways either so if there is a major accident, construction, or just normal congestion due to the massive amount of people moving to central Texas, then you will be completely hosed.

I fly out of AUS every week and live on Canyon lake. I hit I35 in San Marcos and get off at 1325 to Creedmore. It puts you on 183 and the traffic is consistently not very bad and usually predictable. It amps up a bit when school starts. Itís a 1:15 commute for me with a stop at Starbucks.



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