Travel Tips

Which airport is closest?

The conference site is easily reached from both Boston (BOS) and Manchester (MHT) airport.

Boston is, obviously, the larger of the two and is well served by all of the major domestic airlines as well as many international carriers. It is, however, located in Boston Harbor so you will have to deal with Boston's traffic to get in and out. It is approximately 60 miles from Boston's Logan Airport to downtown Manchester.

Boston Logan International Airport; General Information
Boston Logan International Airport; Airlines
Boston Logan International Airport; Rental Cars

MHT has much less traffic and is very easy to get in and out of. It is served by all of the major domestic airlines except for Jet Blue. About half of the flights are B737/A320 type of aircraft. Most of the rest are "regional jets". There are a small number of turbo-props (connections to LGA & EWR). If you are connecting, rather than flying non-stop, MHT is a much better option. The hotel has regular shuttle service to and from MHT and there is no reason to rent a car for the conference.

Manchester Airport; General Information
Manchester Airport; Airlines
Manchester Airport; Rental Cars

Which airport is cheapest?

Pricing for both BOS and MHT is heavily influenced by the presence, at both, of Southwest Airlines. Boston can sometimes be cheaper for international flights due to competition from foreign carriers with direct flights into Boston.

Which airport has the most non-stop flights?

That depends a bit on where you are coming from but BOS is going to be the best if you are on the west coast. If you are on the east coast MHT has a lot of non-stops.

If a non-stop flight is important to you be very careful booking! Airlines often advertise "direct" flights as if they are non-stops. But they stop in the middle, you usually have to deplane and they very often have "unscheduled" equipment changes -- which means that you get to change planes.

Which airport has the best connections?

Both airports are served by most of the major carriers and have plenty of connecting service.

Do I need to rent a car?

Not if you only plan to be at the conference hotel.

The hotel has a shuttle service running regularly to and from MHT.

What time do I need to leave to make my flight home?

If you are flying out of BOS and it is not near rush hour you should allow at least 90 minutes to get to the airport. If you rented a car you might want to add another 15 to 30 minutes to return the rental. If it is close to rush hour you should probably allow at least two hours to get to Boston.

If you are flying out of MHT it will only take 10 minutes to get to the airport. The rental car return is right next to the terminal and takes no extra time. But you should not need a rental car if you are flying MHT.

Airlines and car rental companies like to advise you to be at the airport 2 hours early to clear security and get to the gate. So, worst case, for BOS, would be to leave the hotel 4 hours prior to departure. For MHT 2 hours.

I would like to find a way to share a ride between the airport and the conference. Can you help?

We suggest that you post your interest and pertinent information (flight arrival and departure times) on the PUG Challenge Americas discussion forum .

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Important Dates

February 21    Call for Speakers Ends
February 29    Super Early Registration Ends
March 13    Preliminary Agenda
April 30    Early Registration Ends
May 31    Standard Registration Ends
June 4    Hotel Room Block Closes
June 26-29    Conference!