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kteesmumma
03-07-2011, 07:32 PM
We are already booked with Southwest out of Logan. We got an amazing fare for all four of us in May. The total was 707.00 We have layovers and are not getting to MCO until 7:35pm and then our flight home leaves MCO at 7:35am on our departure day.

I have been checking flights and realized that SW flies out of Providence and just checked their flights (wish I had checked when we got the great deal out of Logan). I can get a non stop flight out of Prov. and getting into MCO at 9:50am instead of at night but its an additional $277.00 (Total) for the one way change.

Do you think its worth it?

Mickeyflower
03-07-2011, 07:38 PM
I would, if it was in my budget to do so. For $70 per person, you can cut of 5 hours or so of travel time, TOTALLY WORTH IT. Especially if you have small children.

kteesmumma
03-07-2011, 07:40 PM
thank you so much for your thoughts. Its so tempting..I try to budget everything and make sure we aren't spending money on things we dont need. I have a 4 year old and 8 year old and I know it would be so much easier to do a non stop flight and would be so much nicer to get to disney earlier in the morning then later at night.

Ephany
03-07-2011, 07:43 PM
Per person? No. Total for the entire group, I'd probably do it, especially considering how much travel time you'd be saving and how less grumpy everyone will be in the end. :goodvibes

kteesmumma
03-07-2011, 07:44 PM
Per person? No. Total for the entire group, I'd probably do it, especially considering how much travel time you'd be saving and how less grumpy everyone will be in the end. :goodvibes

its TOTAL not per person, if it were per person I wouldnt do it either lol.

krcit
03-07-2011, 07:50 PM
I would do it:thumbsup2

Jaden'smommy
03-07-2011, 07:52 PM
yes totally worth it. if the flight gets delayed thats even more hours traveling

hammie59
03-07-2011, 07:57 PM
YES, I would do it too. I always book nonstop, especially with kids. That $277 would be paying for my sanity.

Mickey'snewestfan
03-07-2011, 07:57 PM
I'd probably do it to have the extra park day. I don't mind flying or airports, so the day of travel wouldn't bother me, but if I could turn it into a MK day or an Epcot day, I'd do it.

Jessica527
03-07-2011, 07:58 PM
I would because of all the extra time you have in the park. You are paying for the park/resort experience and you should have extra time to spend time at it!

kteesmumma
03-07-2011, 07:59 PM
Wow thanks everyone...

What is the odds that the price goes down a bit LOL....hahaha..

I will talk it over with hubby..trying to figure out if we can cut back somewhere else

Maybelle
03-07-2011, 08:36 PM
I probably would go ahead and pay the extra. You have to figure in the value of your time, especially if anyone in your party is using vacation time for the trip. It basically gives you and extra day of vacation if you can get there that much earlier.

Also, depending on the length of your trip and the tickets you have purchased, it is generally very inexpensive to add a park day to previously purchased tickets. Or you could save the extra cash, stash your baggage and have a nice day by the pool, or wandering around DTD, or whatever.

Plus, it is much easier flying out of Green than flying out of Logan. But then, I live in RI, so for me Green is much easier anyway. :)

steves1bear
03-07-2011, 08:56 PM
We fly from Oahu to Salt Lake City about once a year with three kids (8, 5, and 2). I make sure we get the direct flight when we are traveling to our destination because it is such a pain to get kids and all their stuff on and off planes several times. I also realize there are numerous other people on the same flight as us who are probably trying to catch connecting flights. I figure if we fly to our destination directly, then we aren't in a major rush to get off the plane, with all the kids stuff, to catch our connection or holding up anyone else who might be trying to catch another flight. It really is worth the extra money to take a direct flight. I would much rather enjoy more time at the destination than trying to get there, especially if it means more time at Disney!

Have a great trip!

Cheshire Figment
03-07-2011, 09:29 PM
The difference in the flights is nine hours. That will give you the ability to have an (almost) full additional day in a Park.

disneydreamersx4
03-07-2011, 09:40 PM
$277 total for the 4 of you, heck yeah!!! It would be so worth it for me not to take off 2 times.

MELSMICE
03-07-2011, 10:21 PM
Yes, I would definitely do it. Even if you do not go to a park that day, you can always hang out at the resort and enjoy the pool & amenities there.

We book non-stop 99.9% of the time & if we don't I'm always reminded why we will pay more for the non-stop!

sam_gordon
03-08-2011, 07:03 AM
I would probably do it. But keep in mind driving distances and what time you'll need to leave home to be at the airport for a 9:30AM flight.

DisneyAndRedSox
03-08-2011, 07:46 AM
We always fly direct to MCO, this last trip we had to change in Miami. Guess what, there is direct flight from Miami to Guatemala- I know because my luggage went there! And we were headed for the Dream later that weekend- talk about stress since it was mising for an entire day and then took an entire day to arrive at my hotel. From now on I am avoiding a connecting flight at all costs!

You are saving so much time if you change- go for it! If it was only 2 hours I might keep the connection, but your current flight is a LONG day with kids!

sam_gordon
03-08-2011, 07:57 AM
I meant to ask... those who keep saying they're saving travel time... without knowing the length of the layover, how do you know they're saving a bunch of time? If the original flight left at 5pm and arrived at 7:30p, that's a 2 1/2 hour trip. If the new flight leaves at 7:30am and arrives at 9:30am, that's a 2 hour trip. They're saving 30 minutes.

Yes, they are arriving sooner and gain a park day (if they want), but that's adding "vacation time", not necessarily changing "travel" time.

scrapquitler
03-08-2011, 08:26 AM
We are already booked with Southwest out of Logan. We got an amazing fare for all four of us in May. The total was 707.00 We have layovers and are not getting to MCO until 7:35pm and then our flight home leaves MCO at 7:35am on our departure day.

I have been checking flights and realized that SW flies out of Providence and just checked their flights (wish I had checked when we got the great deal out of Logan). I can get a non stop flight out of Prov. and getting into MCO at 9:50am instead of at night but its an additional $277.00 (Total) for the one way change.

Do you think its worth it?

For $277 for the -whole family- total, YES.

Gigi22
03-08-2011, 08:33 AM
OP, I feel your pain. In order to get a non-stop flight to MCO, DH and I travel to a major hub a day early and fly from there.

luvdumbo
03-08-2011, 08:39 AM
I would jump on changing the flights to non stop! $277 is not that bad for all your flights and it will save some of the "are we there yet?" questions from the kids. 5 hours is a huge difference and traveling can be very taxing on children.

dislainey
03-08-2011, 08:53 AM
It is also cheaper to park at Green than at Logan. I know in the past we have printed off a coupon to park at TF Green in the B garage and with the coupon you save about $5 a day. Have a fun trip!

branv
03-08-2011, 09:08 AM
Absolutely! Even forgetting about the benefit of extra time at the parks, let alone trying to haul a whole family from gate to gate, connections definitely increase the likelihood of flight delays. Now somehow I have been VERY lucky to have never missed a connecting flight due to my first leg being delayed, though DH has a few times on business trips. But for some reason we seem to quite often have a delay on our connecting flight -- anywhere from 30 minutes to many hours. On top of decreasing my amount of time at WDW, it is stressful and throws off my plans.

Your only concern will be if your family will have a problem with likely not having a room to check into right away with such an early arrival. I know my DH is not a hit the ground running kind of guy (i.e. reach the hotel room at Disney, he just want to lie down for at least 30 minutes to unwind from the travel). Though, at least on this board, he's definitely in the minority! ;)

Lewisc
03-08-2011, 09:09 AM
I would do it with Southwest. Southwest almost never changes a scheduled flight, obviously excluding weather and mechanical issues. I'm not sure I would do it with another airline, months in advance. A schedule change could leave you with a connecting flight, but at the higher fare.

WDWisTheBest
03-08-2011, 09:13 AM
We are already booked with Southwest out of Logan. We got an amazing fare for all four of us in May. The total was 707.00 We have layovers and are not getting to MCO until 7:35pm and then our flight home leaves MCO at 7:35am on our departure day.
I have been checking flights and realized that SW flies out of Providence and just checked their flights (wish I had checked when we got the great deal out of Logan). I can get a non stop flight out of Prov. and getting into MCO at 9:50am instead of at night but its an additional $277.00 (Total) for the one way change.
Do you think its worth it?

Yes.

jstbcuz
03-08-2011, 01:26 PM
In a heartbeat!!!

a1tinkfans
03-12-2011, 08:01 PM
We are already booked with Southwest out of Logan. We got an amazing fare for all four of us in May. The total was 707.00 We have layovers and are not getting to MCO until 7:35pm and then our flight home leaves MCO at 7:35am on our departure day.

I have been checking flights and realized that SW flies out of Providence and just checked their flights (wish I had checked when we got the great deal out of Logan). I can get a non stop flight out of Prov. and getting into MCO at 9:50am instead of at night but its an additional $277.00 (Total) for the one way change.

Do you think its worth it?

:thumbsup2 worth it!

Echo queen
03-12-2011, 09:09 PM
Sounds like a deal :surfweb: