Today, I fly into an airport that I’ve not yet had the pleasure of visiting. It’s small and exotic and requires a connection to reach its borders. It goes by the name of Binghamton (BGM)…


I’ll be in Binghamton for the weekend staying at the recently opened DoubleTree, but you can hopefully use these 1,000 United MileagePlus miles to assist in taking you somewhere a bit more exotic. In order to win, leave a comment below with the most “exotic” (actual or facetious) airport you’ve visited.

You must also be following Point Me to the Plane on our Twitter account @PointMe2Plane and subscribed to our Facebook page in order to qualify. We’ll use to select a winner which will be announced Monday morning.

Good Luck!

PS – Nope, as a 1K I was not upgraded to first on the YYZ-IAD leg, even though there were two upgrades still available for purchase 12 hours prior to flight time!

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Chanel @ La Viajera Morena October 11, 2013 - 12:04 pm

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I went to MSY, maybe not so exotic, but the airport code has absolutely nothing to do with the city name.

Scott M. October 11, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Q: What does MSY stand for?
MSY stands for Moisant Stock Yards named for famed aviator and barnstormer John B. Moisant. An early aviation pioneer, Moisant wanted to win the Michelin Trophy, a coveted racing prize by aviators. He arranged for a representative of the Aero Club of America to observe his attempt to give it official status, as he attempted to set a new sustained flight record at an arranged space at Harahan plantation near the Illinois Central railroad yards. He crashed his racing Bleriot aeroplane, resulting in his death, on the 3.82 mile elliptical course that was staked out. After the crash, the property was turned into stock yards for cattle and named after him–Moisant Stock Yards.

The airport was later built near the stock yards location. Since most residents knew where Moisant Stock Yards were located, the name was used as the first identifier for the airport. The original name of the airport was Moisant Field. It later was changed to New Orleans International Airport, but the airport identifier stayed the same since it is extremely difficult to change the airports identifier in all of the aviation official publications. In 2001, the airport was renamed once again in honor of jazz icon Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong

Mike October 11, 2013 - 12:59 pm

In first is Roberts International Airport (ROB), just outside of downtown Monrovia, Liberia.

In a second place, by a wisker, Matsapha Airport (MTS) which services Manzini, Swaziland. Provides a couple flights a day to Johannesburg, South Africa on Swaziland Airlink.

Phil October 11, 2013 - 1:02 pm

The most “exotic” airport I have flow into was a flight from PIT-FKL. Venango Regional Airport serving Franklin and Oil City PA.

Ed October 11, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Don’t forget to sign up for their airport loyalty program.
You’ll get benefits such as coffee, parking passes, a luggage strap and maybe some airline miles deposited into the frequent flyer account of your choice.

Ryan October 11, 2013 - 1:39 pm

Very exotic place! 🙂 Haha. I’m willing to bet Wichita, Kansas (ICT) could be a bit more exotic. Surely those 1000 points would buy me an upgrade on any flight out of there!!

Miro October 11, 2013 - 1:41 pm

That would surely be Taupo, New Zealand…

Boaz H. October 11, 2013 - 1:54 pm

I think it would have to be USM (Koh-samoi, Thailand). It’s a very unique airport and you pretty much you fell you are in vacation all the way ’till boarding the plane!

josh f October 11, 2013 - 1:56 pm

While not super exotic. I’d have to say maui (ogg)

Saif October 11, 2013 - 2:12 pm

I had a flight out of Surat, India (STV) about a year ago, which until recently was the only city over 4.6 million people that didn’t have a functioning airport!

jonr October 11, 2013 - 2:17 pm

Puerto Madonado (PEM), Peru is up there for me. Kashi/Kashgar (KHG) in far Western China is a strong contender too. I got a bunch in Turkey as well Samsun (SZF); Erzurum (ERZ); Trabzon (TZX).

Eric October 11, 2013 - 3:34 pm

Definitely KnuffIngen Airport, located in the center of Hamburg, Germany. What a great mileage run destination. 🙂

Diego October 11, 2013 - 3:59 pm

I recently was at ADZ San Andres Island, Colombia airport. It was cool to see the `Sea of 7 colors` from the sky upon landing and departure.

Chris W October 11, 2013 - 4:16 pm

I guess the most exotic airport I’ve been to would have to be VCE. A bit smaller than I originally thought it would be.

Susan October 11, 2013 - 4:18 pm

Most exotic for sure was a dirt landing strip on the Serengeti. Pretty sure there’s no 3 letter code for it other than WOW!

Eddy October 11, 2013 - 4:37 pm

Koh Samui airport (SUM) — it’s so open and airy, you can barely tell you’re at an airport.

Close 2nd: Eau Claire, Wisconsin airport (EAU) — it’s so small, I swear the folks working the check in gate also handled security and air traffic control.

FEV7 October 11, 2013 - 7:36 pm

The most “exotic” airport I’ve visited must be Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It is so cute, and old fashioned. And, of course, the view of the Tetons cannot be beat!

DJ October 11, 2013 - 9:18 pm

Most exotic was Cape Town, South Africa with amazing views of the oceans, and Table Mountain.

Ralph L October 11, 2013 - 9:23 pm

Just got back from my honeymoon and we hit BOB and MOZ

Dr Mike October 11, 2013 - 9:58 pm

Driving to Binghamton is way more exotic!

Kari C October 11, 2013 - 10:10 pm

Hmmm…..when I was 12, I flew to Honolulu, and as a girl from NY, it was truly the most “exotic” airport/place I had ever been. But the one that stands out in my mind the most is Bozeman, Montana. The guy I checked my baggage with was the same guy who took away my blunt edged scissors at the security check point. “Oh! Its you! Hi again!”

NYBanker October 11, 2013 - 10:13 pm

Try a Spiedie while you’re there!

Samuel October 12, 2013 - 1:47 am

Koh Samui Airport!

Brian M October 12, 2013 - 5:17 am

Nit that exotic, but I will go with International Falls, Minnesota

Larry October 12, 2013 - 10:19 am

I guess I would say KAI, Kaiteur Falls airport in Guyana…

Hanna MK October 12, 2013 - 4:27 pm

POM airport in PNG!

Winston October 12, 2013 - 8:53 pm

SXM (St Maarten): The smallest island divided between two countries, not to mention a planespotter paradise at the famed Maho Beach

Sheila Hall October 13, 2013 - 6:30 pm

Following you on FB and twitter!

The most exotic airport I’ve landed in was Sur Reina Sofia in Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands. I don’t remember the airport too much but I do remember the total flight time from LAX to TFS being over 24 hours including two layovers. Not fun!

adam October 14, 2013 - 5:19 pm

Hi All! Thanks for reading and for your extremely interesting entries, very exotic indeed!

Using, number 25 (1-27) was selected. Congratulations to Hanna for her Papa New Guinea entry. Hanna, I’ll be emailing you at the address you provided. If this is an incorrect email, please contact me at


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