MEDIA AVAILABILITY: A AAA spokesperson is available to discuss travel options/tips for fans planning to travel to London for the Eagles vs. Jaguars game on October 28, 2018.
CONTACT: Jana Tidwell to coordinate location/time – 302-353-6563.
AAA: Last Call for London
Football Fans Plan to “Fly Like an Eagle” to London this Fall;
Plan NOW – how to get there, where to stay, what to see, and how to get game tickets.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (August 9, 2018) The 2018 NFL season is upon us and fans are ready for their football fix, and when the hometown team is the defending world champion, fans will flock near and far to catch a game.
This year the world-champion hometown team will embark on a trip across the pond this fall as part of the National Football League’s International Series. The Philadelphia Eagles will face the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembly Stadium on Sunday, October 28 at 9:30 a.m. Tickets for the defending champions’ first regular season game played in London went on sale in May, however many fans may have procrastinated on purchasing game day tickets and making travel plans.
AAA Mid-Atlantic has some travel tips for fans who plan to make the trip:
- Passports – Time is running out if you plan to jump the pond to see the birds in October, especially if you don’t have a passport. The U.S. Department of State recommends international travelers begin the passport application process no later than three months prior to travel.
- New passports take longer to process than new
- Traveler’s must book their airline tickets under the same name they use for their passports
- Current passport holders must ensure that their passport has an expiration date of at least six months past the date of the return ticket
- Tickets – AAA Members save 15 percent or more on all Ticket Monster sporting event tickets, including the upcoming NFL International Series games. To purchase tickets, AAA members can visit AAA.com/Ticketmonster and enter their valid 16-digit membership number at checkout to receive their discount.TicketMonster is a ticket reseller and a great last minute option for travelers to get tickets to the game.
- Airfare – Independent travelers (those not booking through a group) want to book flights as soon as possible to get the best fares, as well as flight selection.Most direct flights are already full, so travelers will need to be flexible, and perhaps creative, when booking airfare to London.
- Hotels – A travel agent can help travelers find not only the best rates for hotels, but also work to find the best value for the location the customer wants to be in.During peak travel times or events, planning in advance is the key to not being disappointed.
- Rental Cars – AAA reminds travelers to keep these things in mind:
- Get an International Driver's Permit or IDP (which can be acquired at a local AAA store).
- Left is right in the UK – driving on the left side of the road can be intimidating for many, and do not forget about the frequent roundabouts that come up instead of 4-Way Stop Signs or intersections.
- Know the size car you need. Don’t go by size descriptions like compact or mid-size or you may need to leave some of that luggage on the curb. Typical cars in the UK run small – so request based on passengers and bags.
- Decide whether or not you feel comfortable with a manual or automatic transmission car.
- If you choose to rent a car and are staying in London – be wary of parking fees at hotels. Many travelers choose only to rent for day trips out of town. Cars can be picked up at most train stations.
- Check your Auto Insurance Policy to understand coverage while traveling abroad.
- International Currency – Despite being a member of the European Union, the United Kingdom does not use the Euro as standard currency, but rather the pound sterling.Know your international travel money needs – currency exchange options, AAA Visa Travel Money, etc.
- Travel Insurance – purchase travel insurance to protect your investment.
- Top Tourist Attractions, according to AAA travel agents:
- Buckingham Palace with the Changing of the Guard Ceremony
- A half day Windsor Castle Tour with a real high tea
- Tower of London (an extra special tour includes viewing the Crown Jewels)
- The House of Parliament and Westminster Abbey Tour
- Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes Tour of Haunted London
- Harry Potter’s London Tour
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