Winners Of The Travel Industry 2015: Megabus, National Car Rental, Parking Panda + Southwest Airlines

2015 MLB Trip Sponsors: Man Fish Brewery, Megabus.com, MLB Reports, National Car Rental, MLB Ball Park Pass-Port

2015 MLB Trip Sponsors: Man Fish Brewery, Megabus.com, MLB Reports, National Car Rental and the MLB Ball Park Pass-Port.

Chuck Booth (Owner/Lead Analyst): 

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Chuck Booth’s 2015 MLB Park Historical Road Trip

The GOAL: 183 Straight Days (every single day at least 1 gm) Of ALL 30 MLB Parks Trip In 2015 (216 Games) view full year schedule.

The CAUSE:  To Raise Money for Concussion Awareness (via Sports Legacy Institute. donate money here) Through Inspiring Others.

Needless to say I am going to triumph the company Megabus here in this article.  For those that don’t know the story, they saved my trip from about a 185 games to about 215 – 220 games early in the season.

I bought half of my journey back then for $1 each, and did the same thing halfway through this odyssey.  With me being handicapped as a Canadian – for a plunging Canadian Dollar, this help me off set this.

Back in mid 2014, I saw the trend of the Loonie heading south, so I invested as much savings as I could – stuffing my American $ bank account.  So while I may have a tough time traveling to the United States past this year, I will make it through my trip.

In my original design of this concept, I planned to travel a lot of games on the Eastern Seaboard by car.  As I like to say “Gucci this, you see the price of that s-it!  So far, I have only made a few trips via my own vehicle.  The only drawback was I wanted to see 20 MLB games at Fenway, and now that total is done at 6 parks.

Anyways, Megabus created a whole new scope of savings I could use for Baltimore, Washington and the New York teams. Being stationed in Philly is the middle ground between all – and the perfect conduit.

This is the reason I am at 33 games for Nats Park and 20 for Camden Yards.  Coupled with Stub Hub cheap tickets, and you get the idea on how I have saved money.

I wrote a massive article on the Megabus company, and they actually sought out me as a potential partner – combining efforts to make this trip a media whirlwind.  Having a “PR” guy from the 3rd biggest Transportation in America bodes well for having requests come back.

By the end of the year, I will have 100 interviews done for this trip in all forms of social media.  This has been a great partnership, and I hope to work with them in the future.

megabus allows you to switch all itineraries (whether it is one journey or 20, for a $1 fee to trade in for other fares.)  I traded 20 trips - not to be used for $27 credit towards a new fare that was a peak trip.  It cost me just $3.00 to pull off the maneuver after a small booking fee was added.  These guys also don't require paper tickets (although you can use a computer printout of your reservation0.

megabus allows you to switch all itineraries (whether it is one journey or 20, for a $1 fee to trade in for other fares.) I traded 20 trips – not to be used for $27 credit towards a new fare that was a peak trip. It cost me just $3.00 to pull off the maneuver after a small booking fee was added. These guys also don’t require paper tickets (although you can use a computer printout of your reservation.

national car rental

national car rental

National Car Rental:

I have been beating this drum for years.  Yes, I rent a car for 365 days a year, entitling me to about 17 – 20 car rentals free, and instant ‘Executive Elite Status’ – however you can obtain this status just be qualifying for weekday or weekend rentals 2 times a month.

Starting in August they are also coming out with a promotion for RENT – RENT – REWARD.  This means for every 2 qualifying rentals (you can ascertain this with just 2 – 1 day rentals) for 1 free day.  signup here.

Not only are these the free rental days where you get a car with just minimal expenses to rent.  This free days also give you an option to rent a car anywhere in a US Airport, and drop it at another US Airport (within 24 hours) and the one-way drop fee is waived.  I once rented a car in Los Angeles, watched a Dodgers game, drove to the Grand Canyon in AZ for sunrise, and carried on to drop the vehicle at Albuquerque Airport.  The car cost me $7.

Another caveat with the rental car free days, is they actually give you credit for the day towards another free rental day.  As an Executive Elite Member, I only really need 4 credits to rent another car once I receive the 1st rental because of that.

I had 34 free rentals, with an additional 7 free rental days accrued because of cashing in the 1st 34 days.  My cost on all of these vehicles was just over $10 a day, and that is because I opted for extra insurance when additional drivers came on board.

These car rentals all come with Unlimited Mileage, 4 additional drivers for free, and I pick the car of my choice on the lot (just like Patrick Warburton on TV (Puddy from Seinfeld).  I always choose cars that have satellite Radio, are brand new, and depending on how many miles I am tacking on, I may even pick a car like the 2015 Chevy Camaro I drove in Florida during a weekend in June.

Once in a while, you may get to rent a car that has just been delivered from the auto dealership.  This car still had the sticker decals all over the vehicle.  This made the drive from Miami to Tampa, back to FT Lauderdale all the worth while.

Once in a while, you may get to rent a car that has just been delivered from the auto dealership. This car still had the sticker decals all over the vehicle. This made the drive from Miami to Tampa, back to FT Lauderdale all the worth while.

Seriously, even if National Car Rental is $12 – $20 more for a single day, by reeling in free days for later, you stand to benefit int the long run.  Ideal for baseball road trips, where you aren’t circling back to the same

Emerald Club Emerald Club Executive Emerald Club Executive Elite
Offered to all members enrolling into the program. To reach this level, a member needs 12-24 rentals or 40-84 rental days per calendar year*. To reach this level, a member needs to rent 25 or more times or have 85 or more rental days per calendar year*.
Reward Benefits Reward Benefits Reward Benefits
Choice of
Frequent Traveler Miles
or
Rental Credits**


7 Rental Credits = 1 Free Day Certificate
(up to Midsize car, based on availability)

Choice of
Frequent Traveler Miles
or
Rental Credits**


6 Rental Credits = 1 Free Day Certificate
(up to Fullsize car, based on availability)

Choice of
Frequent Traveler Miles
or
Rental Credits**


5 Rental Credits = 1 Free Day Certificate
(any car type based on availability)

Service Benefits Service Benefits Service Benefits
Emerald Club AisleTM:
Counter bypass with an Midsize car reservationEmerald Club Reserve:
Counter bypass with any reserved car class, excluding Midsize (Pay for what you drive)Emerald Club Counter:
Available where Aisle is not. Pre-printed rental agreements to expedite your service. (Pay for what you drive)Emerald Club Booth:Counter bypass at select locations
All the benefits of Emerald Club, PLUS Executive Selection:
Counter bypass area with Fullsize or larger vehicles.
Requires a fullsize reservation, but you pay the Midsize rate.Executive Upgrade:
For non-Executive Selection rentals, reserve a Fullsize, Premium or Luxury car and pay one car class less every time.
All the benefits of Emerald Club, Executive PLUS FBO Delivery:
You can arrange to have a car delivered to a Fixed Base Operator (Non-commercial airports) within 50 miles (80km) of a national location. (Charges may apply)Guaranteed Car:
Guaranteed car reservation up to a Fullsize car with 24 hours notice in sold out situations.
Other Benefits Other Benefits Other Benefits
  • Dedicated Toll-Free Emerald Club Reservation Number
  • Exclusive Web pages for Emerald Club Members
  • Partner Offers
  • Rental receipts emailed upon request
  • Dedicated Toll-Free Executive Reservation Number
  • Exclusive Web pages for Executive Members
  • Partner Offers+
  • Rental receipts emailed upon request
  • Dedicated Toll-Free Executive Elite Reservation Number
  • Exclusive Web pages for Executive Elite Members
  • Partner Offers++
  • Rental receipts emailed upon request

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Parking Panda

I started using the website parkingpanda.com through an offer on the website ballparkchasers.com.  I have to say, this is an undiscovered gem of the parking industry.

First off, you place the city and MLB park you are searching for.  It compare shops many garages nearby – all giving prices to pay if you select.  Obviously if you are budget consciousness like me, you can select to park further away from the yard, if it means saving a few dollars.

Forget about hassling with guys who bump up their rates to whatever they decide before the game.  Get yourself a guaranteed rate.

The best part about these guys, is they allow you to cancel the reservation up to 24 hours, and credit your account towards a future parking purchase.

I have paid $5 to park in downtown Chicago, $9 to park a mile away in San Francisco, and just $11 to park 0.1 Miles away from Nationals Park.  This is a wicked service.

The customer service hotline people are nice as well.  I had a problem with a parkade in Chicago, and they were all over that parkade until the situation was resolved, and they also credited my account with some free cash.

The best Airline to fly with in America.  free baggage and free flight change of flight are just two of the options to aid you in travel.  they also have a lot of early morning flights which help get you to your next destination faster than later in they cuz we all know routine can it could turn into a circus act quickly on the road!

The best Airline to fly with in America. free baggage and free flight change of flight are just two of the options to aid you in travel. they also have a lot of early morning flights which help get you to your next destination faster than later in they cuz we all know routine can it could turn into a circus act quickly on the road!

Southwest Airlines.

Being able to cancel flights, have free luggage, and actually be served snacks and beverages is becoming a lost art in the airline industry.   I bought 11 flights from SWA this year, switched 3 flights for free, and received a free voucher I can use for next year.

They have state of the art waiting area’s for their passengers, a great seating arrangement for boarding, and no one is in 1st class.  If feels like you are all in the same boat on the flights.

Stadium Count after Aug.1, 2015 (26 of 30 parks,  finished for year with Angel Stadium, Comerica Park,  Busch Stadium, Fenway Park, Great American Ball Park, Progressive Field, Marlins Park, Globe Life Park, Minute Maid Park, Petco Park and Kauffman  Stadium.)

Games Per Park Breakdown – 139

CBP – 22 (Philadelphia)

Nats Park – 17 (Washington)

Yankee Stadium – 15 (The Bronx)

Camden Yards – 15 (Baltimore)

Safeco Field – 8 (Seattle)

Wrigley Field – 8 (Chicago)

Fenway Park – 6 (Boston)

Citi Field – 5 (Flushing Meadows, NY)

AT @ T Park – 4 (San Francisco)

Busch Stadium – 4 (St. Louis)

Angel Stadium – 3 (Anaheim, CA)

Chase Field – 3 (Phoenix, AZ)

Minute Maid Park – 3 (Houston)

US Cellular Field – 3 (Chicago)

Globe Life Park – 3 (Arlington, TX)

PNC Park – 3 (Pittsburgh)

Miller Park – 3 (Milwaukee)

O.co Coliseum – 2 (Oakland)

Kauffman Stadium – 2 (Kansas City)

Progressive Field – 2 (Cleveland)

Great American Ball Park – 2 (Cincinnati)

Marlins Park – 2 (Miami)

Tropicana Field- 1 (Tampa Bay)

Petco Park – 1 (San Diego)

Comerica Park – 1 (Detroit)

Coors Field – 1 (Denver)

Still Left to see

27.  Target Field, Minneapolis, MN (Aug.13)

28.  Rogers Center (Aug.14) Toronto, Ont, Canada

29,  Dodger Stadium (Aug.30) Los Angeles, CA

30.  Turner Field (Sept.29) Atlanta, GA

Makes 139 Games in 119 through July – featuring 25 Doubleheaders, 1 missed and 1 madeup doubleheader, and one outright miss (Apr.07, that was cancelled and now rescheduled for July.07, 2015, in which I attended anyways. There was also a four day break for the ALL – Star Break).  I have 79 Games Left in 65 Days..

2015 Trip schedule.

The 30 MLB Park tour by travel or air is one of the most adrenaline filled chases one can endure. It is like the Amazing Race, meets Survivor, against Planes, Trains and Automobiles.  But even if you just love to travel to a few games each year, or maybe can't get away from your town, but want to know when and where everyone is playing.  The MLB Reports has you covered for all 2430 games in 2014, the ALL - Star Events, and Post Season to come after that.

About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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