I’ve called Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) my home base for roughly 15 years now. The last 5 years or so, that’s meant over 100,000 miles a year originating out of IAD. With that many miles, you tend to find every way possible to shave a few seconds off your travel time.
For the longest time, my best secret was the Dulles Diamond security lane. It was a security lane downstairs in baggage claim that most people never knew about. You could guarantee yourself a short walk through security pretty much every time.
Then came TSA Pre-Check, which is working out great for me.
Here’s another quick tip, valet parking is your friend even if you’re on a budget. Most people don’t read the sign closely. The daily garage costs $17 a day. Valet costs $30, but that’s only for the first day. After that, it drops to $19 a day. So, it’s virtually the same price after the first day.
And now, the valet folks have modernized. When I received my valet ticket last week there was a phone number on it for texting. When I landed, all I did was text the ticket number to them and my car was waiting right up front for me when I got out of the terminal.
Not a huge timesaver, but it definitely adds to the already good value of valet parking at Dulles.