Amex Offers: $50 Off Ground Link Limo & $10 Off at Advance Auto Parts

 

Be sure to sign up for these Amex Offer by logging into American Express card account.

GroundLink.com On Time Car+Limo Service: Spend $150 or more, get $50 back

In my usual habits of getting to the airport, I park at the airport about 50% of the time, 40% Uber or Lyft, and 10% riding the train. I live in Dallas and I usually reserve the train for when I am coming straight from my office Downtown and I have extra time. The DART train ride takes about 40 minutes to DFW Airport. Driving take about 20 minutes, sans traffic.

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This GroundLink offer is interesting and great for premium ride for myself and friends. It’d also be great for someone with a much longer journey to the airport to reach the $150 minimum spend.

Advance Auto Parts: Spend $50 or more, get $10 back

I don’t spend much at auto parts store in general. I have a very short commute so my maintenance trips are far between. But I did happen to need some replacement light bulbs for my Volkswagen this week.

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Here’s are some easy savings on purchases that many of you may already make in your regular routine. I always sign up for every Amex Offer. There’s been a few places I never though I’d spend money but ending up receiving statement credits because I inadvertently purchased something at that merchant!

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Quick Tips and Thoughts on DART Orange Line to D/FW Airport

With the nation’s longest light rail network and a new Orange Line extension, D/FW travelers have a new great option for getting to and from D/FW Airport. With a location far outside the city center, D/FW has long has the disadvantage of being less convenient than Love Field for central city dwellers and visitors in Dallas. While the Orange Line extensions hasn’t physically relocated D/FW closer to Downtown Dallas, new rail access directly to Terminal A has sure made it a lot easier. Love Field also has a rail station along the Orange and Green Line but unfortunately, the line was routed around the airport to save money and there is no direct terminal access. Rail riders must take the 524 DART bus from Love Field Station to the terminal and the bus frequency is about on average about every 15 minutes.

I’ve had a chance to ride the Orange Line to D/FW a few times now and it’s a breeze, even if you’re not used to riding the rail. Here are a couple of observations I’ve made and a few tips to make your trip to D/FW a tad bit stressful.

Check the route of your train depending on the time and day of the week. The Orange Line runs during peak hours from D/FW Airport to Downtown and then follows the same path as the Red Line all the way to Parker Road station. During non-peak hours, the trains terminate at LBJ/Central station.

Give yourself an extra 30 minutes to an hour for travel. The journey from Downtown Dallas to D/FW airport is about 50 minutes. I usually try and target a train that puts me at D/FW Airport station a minimum of 1.5 hours before my departure time. That way, if I miss a bus or train connection or the Skylink is delayed, I have some cushion time.

D/FW Station is directly adjacent to Terminal A. Take the Skylink post-security to reach your terminal/gate. Sometimes I luck out and my flight (American) departs from Terminal A and I’m already where I need to be. But even if you aren’t flying American, you can still clear TSA in Terminal A and then take the Skylink to the other terminals. It’s much quicker than the inter-terminal bus which is delayed much more frequently the Skylink and you still have to clear TSA when you reach your terminal.

For TSA PreCheck flyers, keep in mind that there is rarely a dedicated PreCheck line in Terminal A. There is still TSA PreCheck option, but unfortunately, there is almost never a dedicated line, even during peak hours. They will hand you a PreCheck card so you can keep your shoes on and your bag intact. Terminal C has more a efficient PreCheck system with a dedicated entry.

I’m thrilled to have a new transit option at D/FW. I think it’s incredibly convenient to air travelers but also a boost for the D/FW economy. Express service from Downtown Dallas to the airport isn’t available yet but there are rumors that it’s a possibility in the near future.