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^^^ Yeah, Phoenix Fire is the headliner for a reason. It's a notch above the rest for sure. If you only see one show, that's the one.

 

^^ The crab fries were excellent.

 

^ Yeah, I couldn't remember his name when I was writing this, but Ricardo Barraza filled in at SDC last year too.

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^ Yeah, I couldn't remember his name when I was writing this, but Ricardo Barraza filled in at SDC last year too.

 

I admit having to look it up

 

He was fun and took time to talk to my 14yr old. She also liked that she was taller. Not many guys she can say that about.f7e0144f71bd3b98b2ad291184cd3c3b.jpg

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Yeah, I know it was really a matter of when you had time off, but you saw like 60% of SDC. Still better than nothing for sure, and it's still a good park during spring break preview. But once it's running on all cylinders, it becomes truly world-class. Best theme park in the Midwest.

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In case people didn't know, Frontier Airlines is back at little ol' BKG airport with nonstops from Denver, Dallas and Chicago. Plus they are now flying into XNA in Northwest Arkansas from Denver for some lost cost options besides Allegiant at Springfield and XNA.

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This park is so irritating to get to from the east coast. I've been watching prices for awhile now to St. Louis, Kansas City or Branson (lol on that last one) and it's always higher than it should be. Even if you're not a ULCC fan it would benefit everyone for an ultra low cost carrier to expand their routes to these areas from the east coast and create some competition. Right now it's way more expensive than it should be.

 

Obviously (to anyone that knows us) we're churning for it anyway but points do have value so I don't want to blow them all on something stupid.

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This park is so irritating to get to from the east coast. I've been watching prices for awhile now to St. Louis, Kansas City or Branson (lol on that last one) and it's always higher than it should be. Even if you're not a ULCC fan it would benefit everyone for an ultra low cost carrier to expand their routes to these areas from the east coast and create some competition. Right now it's way more expensive than it should be.

 

Obviously (to anyone that knows us) we're churning for it anyway but points do have value so I don't want to blow them all on something stupid.

This is absolutely true. What you're talking about here is also what I run into trying to fly to the East Coast. We have no such problem going to the West Coast from here; you can find $50-70 flights all the time.

 

So maybe keep an eye out for a cheap flight to Mesa, Arizona, and you can get to Branson from there.

 

Whenever you get here, SDC will be worth it.

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Include XNA(Northwest Arkansas) TUL (Tulsa), LIT(Little Rock), SGF(Springfield MO not to be confused with Frontier at much smaller BKG) and even FSM(Fort Smith AR).

 

TUL and LIT have Southwest but you'll have to connect somewhere.

 

You are in the Philly area right?

American just added a nonstop to XNA from Philly for a couple of months from now. All of those are as close or closer than MCI(Kansas City) Hell, there's the Frontier MEM/PHI flights as well but that is a 5 hr drive like St. Louis.

 

Allegaint Flew BWI/TUL last summer it may be back.

 

Barclays has an AA Aviator Red card with a 60k point bonus for a single purchase and a 95 annual fee. It gives you free check in luggage. Combine that with the XNA/PHL, DCA or LGA nopstops and get to SDC that way

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Good call on XNA, I've checked the other ones but not that one. I'm in the New York area but I would absolutely go to Philly if it made sense. I've done it before. It's less than an hour and a half from Newark Airport and probably only about an hour different than me driving to JFK and dealing with that Van Wyck dumpster fire.

 

Honestly we're probably not going this year since we're out of days and ideally we would probably include Kansas City, Worlds of Fun, Kauffman Stadium, City Museum, Six Flags St. Louis and the arch / touristy stuff / possibly Busch Stadium in the same trip and that would require a lot of time off. Frontier flies from Philly to St. Louis and Kansas City but their prices lately have been less-than-impressive and the flight times suck.

 

It's looking like a 2020 trip.

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Good call on XNA, I've checked the other ones but not that one. I'm in the New York area but I would absolutely go to Philly if it made sense. I've done it before. It's less than an hour and a half from Newark Airport and probably only about an hour different than me driving to JFK and dealing with that Van Wyck dumpster fire.

 

XNA is Walmart International. Frontier is about to find great success from there. Lots of F-Off money in NWA these days but we like roll back prices and often frive to Tulsa for lower fares, lol, Booming area, check out Crystal Bridges in Bentonville if you like Art, it's free for the permanent galleries.

 

At one time, there were great air deals feom XNA to the NYC area but Delta killed off it's LGA service and left it to American and United and price have gone up a bit. Two years ago with some lead time it was sub 300 for nonstop R/Ts to the NYC area.

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Good call on XNA, I've checked the other ones but not that one. I'm in the New York area but I would absolutely go to Philly if it made sense. I've done it before. It's less than an hour and a half from Newark Airport and probably only about an hour different than me driving to JFK and dealing with that Van Wyck dumpster fire.

 

Honestly we're probably not going this year since we're out of days and ideally we would probably include Kansas City, Worlds of Fun, Kauffman Stadium, City Museum, Six Flags St. Louis and the arch / touristy stuff / possibly Busch Stadium in the same trip and that would require a lot of time off. Frontier flies from Philly to St. Louis and Kansas City but their prices lately have been less-than-impressive and the flight times suck.

 

It's looking like a 2020 trip.

 

If you like catching ballparks, Aurozone in Memphis is one of the best non MLB venues out there plus a block away from Beale Street.

 

Northwest Arkansas and Springfield have nice AA parks Royals and Cardinal affiliates.

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Honestly we're probably not going this year since we're out of days and ideally we would probably include Kansas City, Worlds of Fun, Kauffman Stadium, City Museum, Six Flags St. Louis and the arch / touristy stuff / possibly Busch Stadium in the same trip and that would require a lot of time off. Frontier flies from Philly to St. Louis and Kansas City but their prices lately have been less-than-impressive and the flight times suck.

 

It's looking like a 2020 trip.

Hey, maybe SFStL will finally get something good in 2020.

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Brit would enjoy Tiger Sanctuary in Branson and Wild Animal Safari in Strafford (suburb of Springfield). Don't go to Wonders of Wildlife in Springfield, it's less about how cool animals are and more about how cool it is to kill them.

 

 

You expected different from a place opened up by Bass Pro Shops flagship store?

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Just wanted to add that I haven’t seen Spirit mentioned anywhere here, and I know for a fact they fly into KC (MCI). Just thought I’d say that for whatever it’s worth - they’re a low-cost airline as well.

 

I’ve been seeing Memphis thrown around here too - as someone who lived in Memphis, I would avoiding flying in or out of there. We used to drive to STL to fly because it was usually cheaper. The problem is Memphis Airport is Fedex’s SuperHub and thus gets most the business it needs through them, so prices for passenger flights have always been higher (at least, this is how I always was explained it). They’re currently in the process of changing their passenger service from being a hub airport to a destination airport, so I don't know that has had any effect on prices lately - they started that just after I moved.

 

Also, Memphis is AT LEAST a solid five or six hour drive from anywhere in Missouri except the southeast corner of the state where there aren’t any destination cities anyway. I know this with plenty of experience (matter of fact, I just got back Sunday from a trip down there). Add on a couple hours for anything west Columbia (which for you would be Kansas City). It would probably be a stretch to add it unless you’re flying into or out of there.

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Just wanted to add that I haven’t seen Spirit mentioned anywhere here, and I know for a fact they fly into KC (MCI). Just thought I’d say that for whatever it’s worth - they’re a low-cost airline as well.

 

I’ve been seeing Memphis thrown around here too - as someone who lived in Memphis, I would avoiding flying in or out of there. We used to drive to STL to fly because it was usually cheaper. The problem is Memphis Airport is Fedex’s SuperHub and thus gets most the business it needs through them, so prices for passenger flights have always been higher (at least, this is how I always was explained it). They’re currently in the process of changing their passenger service from being a hub airport to a destination airport, so I don't know that has had any effect on prices lately - they started that just after I moved.

 

Also, Memphis is AT LEAST a solid five or six hour drive from anywhere in Missouri except the southeast corner of the state where there aren’t any destination cities anyway. I know this with plenty of experience (matter of fact, I just got back Sunday from a trip down there). Add on a couple hours for anything west Columbia (which for you would be Kansas City). It would probably be a stretch to add it unless you’re flying into or out of there.

 

 

Memphis fares were astronomical when it was a Northwest then Delta Fortress hub that was heavily defended when someone tried to enter the market not because of FedEx and it being the second largest cargo airport in the world. In fact, the FedEx volume keeps fees for new lcc passenger airlines low even with a complete redo of the terminal underway to right size it now that it isn't a hub anymore and fares have come way down. It has been transtitioning to an O&D airport for 5 years now. I wish FedEx would cotemplate their own passenger service with combi planes, half passenger/half cargo.

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