Travel to USNA/Southwest and BWI

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    SW is great if it is in your area. BWI has a tremendous USO lounge for military if they need to wait for a flight or ride. SW does not charge for a change or cancel. They just bank the amount to your account and can be used for your next flight.
     
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    While flights may be cheaper on other airlines to Wash Natl or Dulles, the travel time and potential cost to those airports, bag fees and ticket change/cancel fees can quickly add up. Navigating the DC Beltway near rush hours for Dulles trip requires lots of additional time and a dash of nail-biting.

    As sponsors, we run mids back and forth to BWI all the time. We live 17 miles from the airport, and on mass-movement days, have made 2-3 RTs in one day. We agreed one time to help a plebe get to the airport, and the (bless his heart) plebe told us his flight was out of Dulles when my husband picked him up - at 3:30 pm, for a 5:45 pm flight. Anyone who lives around here knows that's a road race situation. My DH and FFP (former fighter pilot) got the plebe there in time, and returned home, 6 hours later, fighting his way through rush hour both ways. "Don't ask," he said. We don't offer Dulles rides, but suggest a shared shuttle ($$$). If convenient, we will run them to New Carrollton Metro Station about 20 miles from Annapolis, and they can Metro right to the Wash Natl Metro stop.

    At BWI, during common travel days, there are always mids, sponsors, families willing to help out with rides.

    As has been recommended here many times, teach your mid the ropes, then let them book their own travel, a valuable life skill.
     
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    While my mind is on USNA travel, the Amtrak station for BWI-Baltimore (not the Baltimore city station) is right on BWI property, with a free shuttle over to BWI air terminal a mile away.

    The "Northeast Regional" runs from DC Union Station to NYC Penn Station, including stops in Philly and Newark, and the Newark airport stop.

    Great way to travel to Army-Navy to meet your mid in Philly, since you can take the subway from downtown to stadium, and hit everything downtown by walking. The NE Regional goes right into downtown.

    Also a good way for your mid to meet you in NYC for a family rendezvous, when you are tired of DTA and DC. I mention Newark airport stop because, rather than flying out of Dulles overseas, we jump on the train at BWI, go up to Newark Airport stop, get right on the airport tram to the terminal. United has a large hub there. UA has comparatively few flights out of BWI that work as connectors, and the train is easy.

    Just notes for the travel file.
     
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