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Honeystar120608
11-17-2008, 12:29 PM
We were wondering if anything is open IN the airport at around 4am? So we are able to grab something for breakfast?

yanjan
11-17-2008, 04:51 PM
no

everything opens at 5 and transfer upstairs. pass security and you have a coffee shop.

thats pretty much it

nick

btw i hate my course. 5 am everyday for 1 months sucks. but thats ok. i finish the day before we leave.

Honeystar120608
11-17-2008, 06:06 PM
no

everything opens at 5 and transfer upstairs. pass security and you have a coffee shop.

thats pretty much it

nick

btw i hate my course. 5 am everyday for 1 months sucks. but thats ok. i finish the day before we leave.


Thanks Nick! Our flight departs at 620am, so we should have time at the coffee shop for a bite do you think? I haven't even seen the outside of the airport so I have no clue! I know here at the Moncton airport everything opens relatively late.

tribus121
11-17-2008, 08:04 PM
Has any one used the Discount Parking Lot at the Portland Jetport ? We have a afternoon flight( 3:15 )so we dont realy need a hotel and thoght we could save a few $ by only paying 7 $ a day .

Honeystar120608
11-17-2008, 08:59 PM
This is our first time, and with such a long drive and a super early flight we are staying at HoJo's with a park and fly. Under $100 US for the parking and 1 nights stay.
Hopefully someone here can help you with the parking though.

tribus121
11-18-2008, 01:44 AM
This is our first time, and with such a long drive and a super early flight we are staying at HoJo's with a park and fly. Under $100 US for the parking and 1 nights stay.
Hopefully someone here can help you with the parking though.

It our first time from Portland too we have all most always used Bangor before but Portland was almost $600 cheaper for the four of us .

Honeystar120608
11-18-2008, 07:37 AM
It our first time from Portland too we have all most always used Bangor before but Portland was almost $600 cheaper for the four of us .

Yup Same here...air tran?? :)

This is our first trip to DW and on a plane. (dh and I have flewn before...just not since we have been together)

tribus121
11-18-2008, 04:59 PM
Yes we have a direct flight This will be our 2nd and my 5th time at WDW Yup Same here...air tran?? :)

This is our first trip to DW and on a plane. (dh and I have flewn before...just not since we have been together)

Disneynscc
11-18-2008, 09:31 PM
so where is everyone staying the night before their flights. I am checking rates for park and fly for August 09 and they are quite high compared to Bangor. Any suggestions would be great

yanjan
11-19-2008, 03:35 PM
i have stayed at both. the outdoor and indoor<covered one>

they are both good. if your going around xmas pay the extra 3$per day.

no snow on your car when you get back.

the airport is about the size of the moncton one but on 2 stories.
first one is ticket second is security and everything else.

nick

pumpkinboy
11-20-2008, 03:01 PM
Montréal-educated Maine native chiming in here.
Off I-295 in Portland, about 10-15 mins from the PWM "Jetport", there is a 24 hour Denny's. It's right off the Congress Street exit (address for GPS is "1091 Congress St"). You might be able to find something decent there at 4:00 AM before your flight.

There are a bunch more Mainers over on the Transportation board who may be able to help also.

Bangor is likely to lose even more flights as the oil companies play hardball with the State of Maine. Exxon Mobil was the sole Jet Fuel supplier at BGR, and decided that the disclosure requirements under a new Maine law were too onerous, so threatened to pull out of BGR. I am not sure if this has been resolved yet, but it has been one reason why airlines have scaled back Bangor service. It's a pity there are not better options for our Maritime neighbours. PWM still has to compete with Manchester NH and Boston, so the airlines are keen on maintaining plenty of service there.

Good luck all! :goodvibes

Disneynscc
11-21-2008, 06:40 PM
Interesting that Bangor is losing flights. We flew from there a couple of years ago and the prices were great. flights are definietely great now out of portland.

Honeystar120608
11-21-2008, 06:52 PM
Montréal-educated Maine native chiming in here.
Off I-295 in Portland, about 10-15 mins from the PWM "Jetport", there is a 24 hour Denny's. It's right off the Congress Street exit (address for GPS is "1091 Congress St"). You might be able to find something decent there at 4:00 AM before your flight.

There are a bunch more Mainers over on the Transportation board who may be able to help also.

Bangor is likely to lose even more flights as the oil companies play hardball with the State of Maine. Exxon Mobil was the sole Jet Fuel supplier at BGR, and decided that the disclosure requirements under a new Maine law were too onerous, so threatened to pull out of BGR. I am not sure if this has been resolved yet, but it has been one reason why airlines have scaled back Bangor service. It's a pity there are not better options for our Maritime neighbours. PWM still has to compete with Manchester NH and Boston, so the airlines are keen on maintaining plenty of service there.

Good luck all! :goodvibes

Thanks so much for the advice! We LOVE Denny's. Unfortunately, or fortunately, we are being shuttle with a park and fly sort of thing with our hotel. So we will have to tough it out...stop at WalMart the night before...or better yet a bakery. Hmmmm......

In some sense I wish that Bangor still had these great flights as it's closer to home...but I love Portland and all the shopping and then Freeport and then Bangor. I hope I can still say this amongst the snow and ice and cold. Never driven down there this time of year before. Hopefully the weather co-operates.

Honeystar120608
11-21-2008, 07:05 PM
no

everything opens at 5 and transfer upstairs. pass security and you have a coffee shop.

thats pretty much it

nick

btw i hate my course. 5 am everyday for 1 months sucks. but thats ok. i finish the day before we leave.

I noticed on the map of the airport that they have 3 different areas for eating. One being a restaurant and I assume the other 2 are just like what we have here at the Moncton Airport downstairs. Jsut a grab and go area. Are they all open at 5?

Ugh, what course are you taking? 5 am EVERY morning would seriously make me one very grumpy woman. I did 2 babies in 14 months... I was not pleasant. Walking grumpy zombie. lol

Charleyann
11-22-2008, 04:42 AM
this will be our first time using Portland Airport. I bought a TomTom 3rd generation gps. Thought this may help keep me on the straight. I have a poor sense of direction!:rotfl:

We have a early morning flight as well. Our flight leaves at 6:00am. Next Friday we leave!

Gettting excited. Great to know about Denny's and Tim Hortons across the street!

Charleyann

Honeystar120608
11-22-2008, 07:20 AM
Ok, I must have missed about the Tim's...I better go back and re read. :)

Charleyann
11-22-2008, 07:44 AM
Oops. The Tim Hortons came from the Transportation board. There is a thread on airports in Maine.

Charleyann

mindy5648
11-22-2008, 08:03 AM
I am from Old Orchard Beach about 20 minutes south of Portland. There is a Tim Hortons very close to the airport. There is also an Ihop close as well. I believe that opens at 5am.

Worst case...if you go to the hilton garden inn they open a cold buffet at 4:30 or 5. The night auditor puts it out. When I was the night auditor it was yoguart, fruit, and cereal. Nothing crazy...but it is fiid :)

Honeystar120608
11-22-2008, 02:43 PM
AHh I will have to check out that thread for sure!! We will need to be at the airport no later than 420? UGh I still don't know how this is going to work. So the Hilton won't work for just breakfast purposes. That and it's $50 more...which is about $500 CAD... omg the CAD isn't good right now! :(

Charleyann
11-22-2008, 03:51 PM
I think we will hold out for breakfast until we get to Ft. Lauderdale. We are staying in Hollywood Beach for 3 days before we head for a cruise in Miami and then we will go to Disney and area for the following three weeks...

Are you getting excited yet? When do you leave?

Charleyann

alotachips
11-23-2008, 07:34 PM
This is our first time, and with such a long drive and a super early flight we are staying at HoJo's with a park and fly. Under $100 US for the parking and 1 nights stay.
Hopefully someone here can help you with the parking though.

We just got back from Portland and we stayed at Hojo's and used the park and fly. If I were you I recommend calling Hojo's and telling them to put you on the 4 am shuttle. When we arrived at the hotel someone was already booked for the 430 shuttle and they wanted us to leave at 5. Our flight left at 639 so I didnt feel comfortable doing this as I wasn't familiar with the Portland airport. The shuttle leaves the hotel every 30 minutes. Just a suggestion as there were 4 other families using the shuttle the same day as us. I wouldn't want you to miss out on the time you needed to be there.

pumpkinboy
11-24-2008, 10:19 AM
Honeystar, the AirTran counter opens at 4:30, so I imagine you'll be stuck on whatever shuttle your hotel gets you on. Reserve ahead to get the better times! I imagine that something will open at the JetPort before you leave, but I'd stop at Hanniford's supermarket the night before so you and the little ones have something to eat and you have at least some juice (coffee you can get at the airport).

Best of luck!

Honeystar120608
11-24-2008, 12:02 PM
Honeystar, the AirTran counter opens at 4:30, so I imagine you'll be stuck on whatever shuttle your hotel gets you on. Reserve ahead to get the better times! I imagine that something will open at the JetPort before you leave, but I'd stop at Hanniford's supermarket the night before so you and the little ones have something to eat and you have at least some juice (coffee you can get at the airport).

Best of luck!

Thanks for the time! That's good news! I thought the airport shuttles would just be a mini van or a little bus that the hotel themselves operate... I suppose I will find this out when we check in.
Definitely, I will grab some things for the kids the night before just to be safe. :)

Honeystar120608
11-24-2008, 12:03 PM
We just got back from Portland and we stayed at Hojo's and used the park and fly. If I were you I recommend calling Hojo's and telling them to put you on the 4 am shuttle. When we arrived at the hotel someone was already booked for the 430 shuttle and they wanted us to leave at 5. Our flight left at 639 so I didnt feel comfortable doing this as I wasn't familiar with the Portland airport. The shuttle leaves the hotel every 30 minutes. Just a suggestion as there were 4 other families using the shuttle the same day as us. I wouldn't want you to miss out on the time you needed to be there.

Ahh! Good to know!! Thanks!!! :)

alotachips
11-25-2008, 12:43 PM
Thanks for the time! That's good news! I thought the airport shuttles would just be a mini van or a little bus that the hotel themselves operate... I suppose I will find this out when we check in.
Definitely, I will grab some things for the kids the night before just to be safe. :)

It is just a mini-van which seats 7

Charleyann
11-28-2008, 07:27 PM
I am at Howard Johnson's (Portland) as we speak. The hotel is nice. We arrived to a free upgrade! We checked in and reception said we were chosen as winners for a free upgrade. This room goes for $275 nightly or that is what it says on the door.

We had a fridge, microwave, coffee maker. We had bottled water and packages of crackers too. This is a big double room with a patio.

I was asked what time I wanted a shuttle and what time I wanted a wakeup call. Shuttle is accessible...

At checkin they also give you coupons for adjoinin restaurants : friendlys and Verrillo's both with 15% off. We ate at Friendly and it was good and reasonable priced.

Watch your speed. I got caught going 7 over the speed limit. Luckily, I just got a warning!:scared1: There are state troopers all over the place.

I filled my car for $19!!!! Imagine that!!!!!:banana: I have a medium size sedan...

Flights were $169.00 plus tax round trip. $25 for gas from Fredericton and $75 for the hotel with free park and fly. Pretty good deal, well worth the drive...
Off to my cruise tomorrow morning. 6am flight.

Charleyann