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Welcome to the online home of travel columnist Donald D. Groff, who has dispensed advice  and stories since 1988 in such publications as the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Newark Star-Ledger, The Kansas City Star, Newsday, Salon, Condé Nast Traveler, Consumer Reports Travel Letter, The Boston Globe, and Endless Vacation magazine.




Philadelphia

Nonstop flights to islands, European cities, and Montreal
  Cruises & airport parking

 
Nonstop flights are best for short vacations -- they deliver you quickly and the chance of delay is reduced when there is no connecting flight.  Here are nonstops from Philadelphia to islands and foreign cities. Not all flights operate daily.
  PHL airport Web site.

Nonstops to island and warm destinations
Destination/ (code) Airline Phone Vacation department
Aruba (AUA) US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
Barbados (BGI)  US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
Bermuda (BDA) US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
Cancun (CUN) US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
Grand Cayman
(GCM)
US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
Montego Bay, Jamaica
(MBJ)
US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
Air Jamaica 800-523-5585
       
San Jose, Costa Rica
(SJO)
US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
San Juan, Puerto Rico
(SJU)
US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
American Airlines 800-433-7300 800-321-2121
United Airlines 800-241-6522 -
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ) US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
St. Thomas,  USVI (STT) US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
Saint Martin/Sint Maarten (SXM) US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
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Nonstops to European cities
Destination/flight time from PHL Airline Phone Vacation department
Amsterdam
(AMS)
US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
Barcelona
(BCN)
Seasonal ervice started May 2005; ends in October
US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
Dublin, Ireland
(DUB)
Started June 2003
US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
Frankfurt, Germany
(FRA)
US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
Lufthansa 800-645-3880 -
Glasgow, Scotland
(GLA)

seasonal service started May 8, 2004; ends in October.
US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
Lisbon, Portugal
(LIS)
seasonal service starts June 7, 2006; ends in October
US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
London
(LHR-
Heathrow)
(LGW
-Gatwick)
US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
British Airways 800-247-9297 -
 Madrid
(MAD)
US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
Manchester
(MAN)
US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
Munich
(MUC)
US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
Milan, Italy
(MXP)
seasonal service to start May 30, 2006; ends in October.
US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
Paris
(CDG)
US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
Air France 800-237-2747 -
Rome
(FCO)
US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
Venice
(VCE)
Seasonal service started May 2005; through end of Oct.
US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
Shannon, Ireland
(SNN)
Started June 2003
US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
Stockholm, Sweden (ARN)
Seasonal service starts June 3, 2006; ends in October
US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123

Nonstops to other foreign cities

Destination/flight time from PHL Airline Phone Vacation department
Montreal
(YDL
-Dorval)
US Airways 800-622-1015 800-455-0123
United Airlines 800-241-6522 -

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Another option from Philadelphia is Apple Vacations, which offers regular charter holidays to many warm destinations, including Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, Grand Cayman Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Sint Maarten/St. Martin, St. Croix, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, and the Turks & Caicos.  Apple has a Web site at www.applevacations.com.

Carnival Legend on its first visit to Philadelphia
Carnival Legend its first time in Philadelphia, October 2002

Cruises departing Philadelphia

Cruises depart from the Philadelphia Passenger Terminal, located at Naval Business Center at the south end of Broad Street. The Delaware River Port Authority has a cruise site at www.cruisephilly.com.

Click here for the 2006 cruise calendar.

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Report a new or discontinued nonstop from PHL to an island or foreign destination

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Philadelphia airport parking

Find the latest rates for on-airport economy, short-term and garage parking.

Map showing lot locations

Click here for an article on how the parking game is played at PHL. (Free Inquirer registration required.)

More than a dozen off-airport parking lots are scattered within five miles of Philadelphia International Airport, offering parking for $6 to $15 per day. Included in the price is shuttle service to the terminals. These lots offer a good alternative to driving onto the airport property, where congestion and security measures can slow progress. Most lots are less than a 10-minute drive to the terminals, but loading times and volume can add 5 to 15 minutes from the time you park.

Off-Airport Parking
* Rates checked in July 2004. Where surcharges are assessed, rates for subsequent days usually will be less than first-day rates.
 

Parking lot

Location/Landmark

Driving distance, Terminal A West

No. of shuttle vehicles

Approx.
capacity

Cost for 1st day, with tax and any surcharges*

Discounts

Reservations accepted?

Car wash, other vehicle services

Valet?

10

Park & Jet

610-521-6247

 

76 Industrial Hwy, Essington; adjacent to Ramada.

4.3 miles

8

800

$7.25

Online coupon

No

No

No

1

Priority Airport Parking,
1-877-359-4100

www.priorityairportparking.com

621 N. Gov. Printz Blvd., Essington, Half mile toward airport from light at Rte. 420.

2.5 miles

4

470

$11.57

AAA, AARP;

online coupons; honors competitors’ coupons

Yes

Car wash, other services at extra charge

Yes

2

Colonial Airport Parking,

1-877-723-6900,

610-521-6900

www.colonialparking.com

 

630 S. Gov. Printz Blvd., Lester. Half mile toward airport from light at Rte. 420.

2.5 miles

8

1,500

$7.50

Online coupons

Yes

(online)

None

No

3

SmartPark,
610-521-3400

900 E. Second St., Essington, Across from Tinicum Industrial Park.

3.1 miles

8

More than 800

9.95 for self-park;

$12.70 for valet
Rates may be higher during peak periods

8.95 with coupons from travel agents

No

Car wash and other services at extra charge

Yes

4

Expresspark,

610-595-0244,

1-800-930-7275

1070 Tinicum Island Rd., Lester. Near Airborne sign at back entrance to Airport Business Center.

2.1 miles

7

More than 600

$9.95

Rate may be higher during peak periods

Coupons from travel agents

No

None

No

5

SunPark Scott Way,

610-521-5568

www.sunpark.com

1 Scott Way, Lester, Route 291 & Bartram Avenue.

.9 mile

10

1,680

$13.25

AAA, corporate, online coupons

No

None

No

6

Ampco Express,

215-937-1700

www.ampcoexpress.com

4700 Island Ave., Philadelphia, next to Hilton and Residence Inn.

2.5 miles

10

500 indoors, 1,100 outdoors

$10.95 indoors, $8.95

outdoors

AAA, online and agency coupons

Yes

(online)

Car wash and other services at extra charge.

No

7

SunPark Essington Avenue,

215-492-1161

www.sunpark.com

 

7060 Essington Ave., Philadelphia; Between Airport Auto Mall and light at Bartram Avenue.

3.0 miles

6

1,110

$6.86 for self-park;

$12.18 for valet

Online coupon

Yes

(online)

Car wash and other services at extra charge.

Yes

8

AviStar Airport Parking,

1-800-621-7275,

215-492-5543

www.avistarparking.com

7750 Essington Ave., Philadelphia; Between Airport Auto Mall

and light at Bartram Avenue.

3.2 miles

4

260

$8.76 for self park;

$9.76 for valet

AAA, AARP discounts,

online coupons

Yes

Car wash and other services at extra charge.

Yes

9

Kinney Airpark,

215-492-5353

www.philapark.org

(Find parking/garages and parking lots around town/outlying areas)

7600 Essington Ave., Philadelphia,

Between Airport Auto Mall

and light at Bartram Avenue.

3.2 miles

6

860

$9

(after day 1, $2 each hour up to 3 hours)

AAA, AARP rates; mailer coupons

No

None

No

11

Winner Airport Valet Parking,

1-800-978-4848

www.winnervaletparking.com

 

 

6723 Essington Ave., Philadelphia,

Airport Auto Mall

4.2 miles

--

5,000

$9.19; (based on calendar day, prior to 11 a.m., no added charge)

AAA, AARP discounts, mailer coupons, competitors’ coupons

No

Car wash, other services at extra charge.

Yes. Customers driven to and from airport in their own vehicles

12

Pacifico Airport Valet,

215-492-0990

www.pacificocars.com/valet

 

6715 Essington Ave., Philadelphia, Airport Auto Mall

4.3 miles

--

Over 1,500

 $14.20 first day; $8/day next 3 days; $7/day next three days; $5/day after that.

 

AAA discount; travel agency, competitors’ coupons.

No

Free carwash; other services at extra charge

Yes. Customers driven to and from airport in their own vehicles

 

Parking lot

Location/Landmark

Driving distance, Terminal A West

No. of shuttle vehicles

Approx.
capacity

Cost for 1st day, with tax and any surcharges*

Discounts

Reservations accepted?

Car wash, other vehicle services

Valet?

* In the Essington/Lester area, Route 291 is also known as Gov. Printz Boulevard and Industrial Highway.

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Airport area parking map chart

--Philadelphia Inquirer

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