Dulles Flyer: $3 per Day Offsite Parking near IAD

$3 per day parking at IAD
$3 per day parking near IAD

If you need long-term parking at Dulles International Airport (IAD), there’s a deal available for offsite parking that discounts the daily rate by 70 percent — $30 for ten days of parking!

Dulles Park Fly is making the offer through Amazon Local, a discount shopping site.

The Fine Print on $3 Parking near IAD

$30 for up to 10 days parking at IAD
$30 for up to 10 days parking near IAD

Dulles Park Fly is located a few miles from IAD at a Fairfield Inn.  They offer a shuttle service to and from the airport twice an hour from 4:30 am to 12 midnight.

Regular rates at the on-site economy parking lot at IAD are $10 per day.

The details:

  • Limit 1 voucher redemption per individual
  • Shuttle to airport runs on the hour and half hour from 4:30 a.m. to midnight
  • Arrive at least 5 minutes in advance of desired shuttle departure time
  • Entire value must be used by same customer within 10 days of first visit
  • Promotional value expires 180 days from purchase date

    Dulles Park Fly Location
    Dulles Park Fly
    23000 Indian Creek Dr
    Sterling, VA 20166

This could be a a good deal if you have a trip of a week or more coming up.

This offer shows up periodically on Amazon Local, but the last time the ran it it sold out the first day.

This post contains affiliate links.  Thanks if you choose to use them!  

 

What’s Coming to Dulles Airport in 2015

IAD Flyers
Dulles Flyers: Expect Great Things in 2015

2014 was a great year for Dulles Flyers, with the opening of Metro’s Silver Line and the Silver Line Express Bus to the airport from the Reston station.

Construction has already begun on the extension of the Silver Line to Dulles International Airport (IAD) and beyond.  Completion is slated for 2019 but I’m not holding my breath.

2014 Service Expansions at Dulles International Airport (IAD)

The most exciting development for Washington, DC area budget travelers was the arrival of Frontier Airlines low cost service to Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Cancun, and these additional cities:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Chicago-O’Hare, IL
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Detroit, MI
  • Fort Myers, FL
  • Memphis, TN
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
  • Orlando, FL
  • St. Augustine/Jacksonville, FL
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Tampa, FL

Another welcome service expansion is Southwest’s new daily, nonstop  service to Las Vegas and San Diego.

On December 20, 2014, United Airlines initiated seasonal weekly service to San Jose del Cabo in Mexico, and seasonal service to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Colorado Springs, Colorado.

We also saw the inauguration of Air China’s nonstop service to Beijing, with four nonstop flights per week, and British Airways upgraded service to London on a new Airbus A380 aircraft.

What’s Coming to Dulles International Airport (IAD) in 2015

In 2015, we will continue to see expanded service from IAD.

Beginning March 11, 2015, you can look forward to daily nonstop service to Seattle on Alaska Air.

On May 1, 2015, Are Lingus will launch nonstop service to Dublin, Ireland four times a week.

Earn Frequent Flyer Miles Without Flying

Southwest, Frontier, and United often offer large bonuses of frequent flyer miles for opening a new credit card account — sometimes enough for two free round-trip tickets.

 

 

Forget Uber. Dial 7 Car Service from LaGuardia

Dial 7 Car Service Beats Uber
Dial 7 Car Service Beats Uber

I have $20 worth of unused credits sitting in my Uber account, but when I flew into LaGuardia (LGA) last month I found a much better deal on ground transportation to Manhattan with Dial 7 car service.  

I am a budget traveler so limousines and black car services are not my thing — but this car service was the cheapest and fastest way to get my family of three and our bags to the hotel.

The driver was punctual, polite and pleasant and the cars were comfortable, convenient and commodious.

The regular fare from LaGuardia to downtown is $34 plus tolls and tax, but I used a discount code for $5 off.  Unlike Uber, car services are regulated and required to carry insurance.

How to Book Dial 7 Car Service from New York Airports

You can call Dial 7 at (212) 777-7777, but it is easier and cheaper to book ahead online.  The airport specials available with online booking are as follows:

From LaGuardia Airport $34
From JFK Airport $48
From Newark Airport $48

Rates do not include tolls or gratuity.

Special coupon codes are frequently available.  Check these sources:

For instance, I recently spotted this deal on Twitter:  $5 off LGA rides (Code: DECAIR1); $7 off JFK/EWR rides (DECAIR2).

When you get to the airport and have gathered your bags, you simply call Dial7 and they will direct you to your waiting driver outside.

There are many similar car services in New York — this is just the one I happened to try.

Everything worked seamlessly, on the busiest travel day of the year!  It beat standing in the cab line in the rain or taking the airport shuttle bus and stopping at a dozen hotels.

Thoughts?

Enter Now for Chance to See British Airways Airbus A380 Inaugural Flight into Dulles

Discover Dulles BA Airbus Inauqural Flight
Discover Dulles British Airlines Airbus Inaugural Flight

The British Airways Airbus A380 is making its inaugural flight from London Heathrow into Dulles International Airport (IAD) on October 2, 1014.

38 lucky people will invited to view the landing and get a behind the scenes tour of the Ramp Control Towers and Operations at IAD.

I attended one of these “Discover Dulles” events this summer and it was lots of fun!

Click here to enter the contest for a chance to be a part of this historical event.

Contest entries opened Friday, September 26, 2014 and will close on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 12:00 am (Eastern Time).

Participants will be randomly selected and notified via email by on September 30.

Hat Tip to Trevor at Tagging Miles.

Dulles Flyer: On-Site Parking Specials at IAD

Discounted Parking Options at Dulles International Airport
Discounted Parking Options at Dulles International Airport

One of the costs of travel that is hard to offset with credit card points or miles is airport parking.  Even my Barclaycard Arrival credit card, which allows redemptions for most categories of travel expenses, does not routinely cover airport parking.

At Dulles International Airport (IAD) near my home, daily parking fees range from $10 a day in the remote economy lots to $25 – $35 per day for valet parking right in front of the terminal.  The intermediate option in terms of price and convenience is garage parking at $17 per day.

Park Four Days, Get One Day Free

The Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA) at IAD is running a summer special through July 13, 2014 for the garage parking:  park for four consecutive days, get one day free.  You must apply for a special coupon code online, and present your coupon and parking ticket to the cashier upon exiting,  Even with the special, you’ll make out better with economy parking; but if you’re pressed for time or facing afternoon thundershowers, it may be worth considering.

There are over 8,000 garage parking spaces, and more than 12,000 spots in the economy lots at IAD.  I always opt for the economy parking, and usually wait less than five minutes for a shuttle bus.

Dulles FlexPark:  Monthly Parking for Frequent Flyers

Another special offer from MWAA is for unlimited parking for one monthly payment.

Dulles FlexPark offers several options, ranging from reserved parking in a premium spot to general garage parking.

The cheapest option — at $275 per month — is for unlimited parking in any unreserved space in the garage.

Frequent travelers, or those working at the airport, may save as much as 47 percent off the posted rates (depending on level of program and number of days parked).

See the complete program description and access the online application here.

Express Bus Service from Metro Silver Line Starts July 26

The Metro Silver Line is opening July 26, 2014, and you can bet I’ll be there for the ribbon cutting!

When the Silver Line opens, the Wiehle Avenue station in Reston will be the closest Metro station to IAD.

Silver Line Express buses will carry travelers to Dulles airport for a fare of $5.00 each way.  Express buses will run every 15 minutes during weekday peak hours, and every 2o minutes at other times.  The new buses will be specially configured with spacious luggage racks.

 

Download Free Magazines in Airports

Read Archie comics for free with Inflight App
Read Archie comics for free with Inflight App

If you long for the days when flight attendants handed out magazines on long flights, you may be interested in a new app available for free on iTunes.

Inflightavailable in the iTunes store, allows you to download free magazines to read on your iPad or iPhone while in the airport or in flight.

Inflight is not the greatest thing since sliced bread because the magazine selection is quite limited.

But if you are a sportsman who is keen on Field & Stream, a photographer who reads Popular Photography, a tinkerer who loves Popular Science, or a liberal who enjoys The Nation, read on!

Download Magazines for Free with the Inflight App

Here is how it works:

  1. download the magazines at home
  2. when you get to the airport, open the Inflight reader app to start a 24-hour reader session
  3. read the magazines on the airplane — you don’t need an internet connection

    Field & Stream
    Field & Stream: free with Inflight reader

The app works at 600 U.S. airports and 30 international airports.

About two dozen magazines are currently offered.

The Inflight reader app is a way for magazine publishers to market their content to a captive audience; they make their magazines available for free for 24-hours.

Did I mention Archie and Betty & Veronica?

They are available for free on the app, too.

Welcoming Air China to Washington, DC in Style

Welcoming Air China!
Welcoming Air China!

I was on hand yesterday for the arrival of Air China’s inaugural flight from Beijing into Dulles International Airport (IAD).

The Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA) invited some local people to participate in the gala welcoming ceremony as part of their “Discover Dulles” program.

The airport authority sure knows how to throw a party.

The 25 Discover Dulles participants, along with about 50 journalists, were transported to the airfield via IAD’s infamous mobile lounges for a close up view of landing.

It was an exciting moment when the plane touched down.

We were rushed back onto the mobile lounge and whisked closer to the terminal so we could view the aircraft run the gauntlet through the ceremonial water arch.

Air China Lands at IAD
Air China Lands at IAD

Two fire trucks were dispatched to pump a stream of water over the airplane to celebrate the arrival of the inaugural flight.  This is aviation’s equivalent of christening a new ship.

After the plane landed, the Ambassador of China and Virginia Governor McAuliffe were feted by Chinese lion dancers.

Several traditional Chinese musicians played at the reception.

Water Cannon Salute
Water Cannon Salute

 

The speeches heralded the 7,000 mile avionic bridge that had been established between Washington and Beijing, and the cultural, diplomatic, and economic exchanges that would ensue.

Oh, and the swag!  Each participant received a goodie bag with a propellor paperweight, a model of the airplane, and other “stuff.”

Traditional Chinese Musicians
Traditional Chinese Musicians

This was a fun event:   I got to meet some Chinese journalists, airport personnel, and aviation geeks.

Keep  your eyes peeled for other opportunities like this on the Discover Dulles webpage.

Earn More, Burn Less  

In honor of the new service, Air China’s frequent flyer program, Phoenix Miles, is running a promotion on travel between Beijing and Washington, DC.  

You can earn fifty percent more than the regular miles on flights, and award travel will be discounted.  

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Dulles Flyer: See Air China’s Inaugural Flight into IAD

Inaugural Air China Flight to Dulles June 10, 2014
Inaugural Air China Flight to Dulles June 10, 2014

Dulles International Airport (IAD) in will welcome Air China’s inaugural arrival from Beijing to Washington, DC on Tuesday June 10, 2014 with a special ceremony.

Twenty-five lucky members of the public will be invited to view the aircraft landing and the ceremonial water arch of Air China’s first flight into IAD. 

In addition to viewing the landing of Air China’s first flight, guests will attend a VIP Ceremony and ribbon cutting at the Main Terminal.

Would you like to be a part of this exciting event?

Click here to enter for a chance at an invitation.  Entries must be received by 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 6, 2014.

Participants will be transported via mobile lounge to the airfield.  Upon conclusion of the landing and aircraft parking, the mobile lounge will return to the Main Terminal where participants are invited to attend the Air China Inaugural Ceremony.

Air China will offer four nonstop flights per week to Beijing beginning June 10, 2014.

A Little Bit of Scandinavia at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)

Stressless Chairs at Raleigh-Durham Airport
Stressless Chairs at Raleigh-Durham Airport

Forget the Sky Club.

At Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) you can relax in a lounge area filled with leather Stressless chairs and Scandinavian rugs.

The lounge is furnished by a local contemporary  furniture store — the Ambiente Collection.

You’ll find it just beyond the security area in Terminal 2, to the left of the down escalators.

There is seating for eight or so, and the chairs are more comfortable than anything else you will find at the airport.

If you have some time to kill, you might want to wander down to Gate D-8, where you will find 2nd Edition Book Sellers.

RDU 2nd Edition Book Shop
2nd Edition Book Shop at RDU

The shop claims to be the only used bookstore in a U.S. airport.

You’ll find a well-curated collection of almost-new popular titles, as well as many interesting, offbeat selections.

The book store also features rare and collectible editions.

Washington’s Airports: Pretty in Pink

MWAA Cherry Blossom FestivalWashington DC’s airports are getting in the spirit of the National Cherry Blossom Festival with pink lighting to greet visitors flying in for the event.  This year, peak bloom is forecast for April 8-12, 2014.

Check out some spectacular photographs of Dulles International Airport (IAD) decked out in pink by photographer J. David Buerk.

At both Reagan (DCA) and Dulles airports, food and retail concessioners will feature specials such as pink cocktails. donuts and apparel, through April 13, 2014.

The most interesting offering looks to be the Pink Hana Roll with salmon and avocado at Matsutake Sushi, at Gate A18.  You can find a complete list of specials at IAD shops and restaurants here.