Florida travel fares increase as fans flock to spring training 

Jay Scott Smith
March 04, 2019 - 3:29 pm
Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As merchandise for the new Phillies star Bryce Harper flies off the shelves, fans are also thinking of flying to Clearwater, Florida, to get a first look at the team in spring training.

Anyone planning to head to the Sunshine State should be prepared to spend —  ticket sales and travel to Florida have already increased after last week's signing of Harper.

"I was on the phone with a client trying to make reservations and my phone kept lighting up with one call after the other," said Karen Fisher, senior travel agent for AAA Mid-Atlantic. 

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She said most people normally reserve their Phillies spring training trips in January for as little as $300. However, anyone attempting to get to Clearwater now is going to pay a lot more.

"The best fares are if you book 14 days in advance. But if somebody wants to travel this weekend, you're talking about $700 or $800," she said. 

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Fisher advises that it could be a better idea to pack up the family for a 20-hour drive and make a road trip out of it. 

"That is very good because then they can take their time, they have their own car, and they have their choice of hotels," she said. 

Either way, Phillies fans will get their first look at Harper in the red pinstripes this Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays in Clearwater.