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Old Yesterday, 04:49 AM   #1
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Need to get from Charlotte to DC and back in preferably one day

Any suggestions?

I've looked at flights and although they advertise them for under 100 bucks, I can never find them. I have dogs at home and no one I really trust to watch them so I would like to get to DC in the morning and take a later afternoon or evening flight back to Charlotte.
I assume you still have to be at the airport 3 hours early because of the TSA and all that?

So, I am trying to get an early morning flight one day and return later that day but can't seem to find much or anything at all for the same day return and need to find it cheap.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Probably early next week. Not sure what airport is the closest to the Swedish embassy at
2900 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007 but I can find out.

I would prefer not to stay overnight to save money and also, I need to get back to my dogs.

Any advice will be helpful.

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Old Yesterday, 04:51 AM   #2
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National is a lot closer than Dulles. Actually, BWI is probably almost as close or closer than Dulles.

Check the travel sites: travelocity, expedia, etc.
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Old Yesterday, 04:59 AM   #3
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I did but most don't seem to have return flights on the same day or too early that day considering the three hour advance arrival and all that. Last thing I need is for TSA to start messing with my shoes for three hours to make me miss my flight.

Anyone ever do this trip so to speak?

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Old Yesterday, 05:32 AM   #4
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I'm in Raleigh and have driven up and back in a day a good number of times. I know you're a couple/few hours further, but it's certainly do-able.

Amtrak? I know they run a train from Raleigh to Union Station in DC, but have no idea what the schedules are or if it would even be worthwhile to check from Charlotte.
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Old Yesterday, 05:41 AM   #5
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I've driven once and it was a total pain and I need someone to drive as I WILL fall asleep.

My truck is not an option 'cause I get 10mpg. Checked on rentals but with the out of state gas fee, it'll cost me at least $200 bucks or more for gas and car and I still have to drive over 13 hours round trip :(

Amtrak was around 200+ bucks.

Air would be the best but can't seem to find good deals and good schedules.

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Old Yesterday, 06:30 AM   #7
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That's not bad. How much was it?

I'm hoping I wont' need to go there for a passport BUT, I have to be prepared to go.

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It was more than I would be willing to pay. Don't remember exactly. But that was a short notice flight. Further out, it would get cheaper. Sometimes, it's cheaper to fly out of Greensboro than Charlotte or Raleigh. Check there too.
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Old Yesterday, 12:40 PM   #11
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Yeah, thought of that too. I saw something for around $200 bucks.

I can't believe that with so many people flying here in the US, I can't find a more suitable flight???
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It depends on your route. Some airports/hubs can be way cheaper than others.
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They said Reagan airport is the closest...

Hopefully I'll get away with going to the consulate in Raleigh instead or not going at all.

Trips should be for fun, not for STRESS! :(
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They said Reagan airport is the closest...

Hopefully I'll get away with going to the consulate in Raleigh instead or not going at all.

Trips should be for fun, not for STRESS! :(
Reagan National is almost within sight of K St.
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If you search the travel websites use "WAS" as the airport. This will search all three airports (BWI, IAD and DCA).

DCA will be the closest to embassy row, but also tends to be the most expensive. However, it also tends to be easier TSA lines.

That said, for "cheap" you need to do either a Tues or Wed, preferably with 2 weeks notice. Frontier has a promo right now which is $92 R/T (Nov/Dec/Jan) from DULLUS.

http://www.flyfrontier.com/specials/...CLT&toCity=IAD

You can then hire Super Shuttle to get you the embassy.

PS At least have a neighbor let the poor pooch out mid-day!
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