Cheesesteak versus Chowder – AAA Travel Tips for Eagles Fans Heading to Minneapolis
PHILADELPHIA, PA (January 22, 2018) Now that Eagles fans are finished cheering and, high-fiving (at least, for the moment!), many are considering how they will watch the Birds take on the Patriots come Sunday, Feb. 4. While many will head to a local establishment to take in the game or plan a watch party at home, others will make the trek to Minneapolis for an in-person experience.
AAA Mid-Atlantic offers a few travel tips for fans:
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The closest airport to U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). The sooner you can book, the better as last-minute air travel can be much more expensive. Be advised that in looking for airfare and hotel prices, you may see offers that are scams.
Save, Eagles, Save: Check out other airports to save money on airline ticket and hotel costs. O’Hare International Airport in Chicago (non-stop flights from PHL available) is a six hour and 20 minute drive from Minneapolis but could offer better airfare and hotel rates and renting a car could be much easier there than in Minneapolis. General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee (non-stop flights from PHL available) is 5 ½ hours from Minneapolis could be another option for those who don’t mind a drive. Also, if Eagles fans are willing to be flexible with their departure airport, they might be able to find deals at airports like Newark International, BWI, Trenton, and more.
Bus and Train:
If you don’t mind taking extra time to travel, bus and train routes may be another consideration. Dates, times and the number of stops can vary but if your funds are small but your love for the Eagles is limitless, this option could be worth investigating.
Eagles fans may find it tough to get hotel rooms for the game. There will be a lot of people heading to the Minneapolis area just to have a fun fan experience but not to go to the game.
Save, Eagles, Save: If you are considering flying into an airport other than Minneapolis-St. Paul, there may be better hotel prices to be found. AAA advises travelers, especially those who are booking on their own and those who go the Airbnb route to call the hotel or homeowner personally to make sure you have an actual reservation.
There are more than 1,100 miles between Philadelphia and Minneapolis, making for a 17 1/2 hour drive. If you’re up for it, make sure your vehicle is too. AAA recommends the following tips to get your car road trip ready:
Windshield Wiper Blades – Worn, cracked or rigid windshield wiper blades will not adequately remove rain, grime and other debris that can obscure driver vision. If the wiper blades are sufficiently deteriorated, the metal wiper blade frame could contact and damage the windshield.
Tire Pressure – Check and adjust tire pressure, including the spare. Always inflate tires to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended settings - not the maximum pressure molded on the side of the tire.
Tire Tread – Check the tread depth by inserting a quarter upside down into a tire groove with Washington’s head facing outward. The tread should cover part of Washington’s head. If any of the area above Washington’s head is visible, it’s time to start shopping for new tires.
Battery – Have your battery checked, especially if it is over three years old. Winter’s cold breaks down the battery internally and accelerates the rate of corrosion on battery terminals.
Winter Vehicle Emergency Kit – When driving long distances in winter weather conditions, pack an emergency kit before heading out. Include deicer, shovel, ice scraper, sand or kitty litter (for traction), a blanket, extra gloves and hat, non-perishable snacks and water, and have a backup power source for your cell phone.
Save, Eagles, Save
All AAA Car care Centers in the Philadelphia 5-County/South Jersey and Delaware regions will check your vehicle’s battery and tires for free, even if you’re not a AAA member.
Root for the Underdog but Don’t Travel Like One
Making your travel plans with a travel agent is a good idea, especially when there are so many potential scams.
Use your credit card when purchasing to give yourself a good way to have money returned if you need to cancel
Read hotel/airline policies carefully so you understand what cancellation policies entail.
Call the air/train/bus company you will use to get there personally. Leaving your reservations and hard earned dollars up to an emailed confirmation number can be risky. Do the same with hotel reservations. Try to talk to a live person who can confirm what you’ve just paid for.
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