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chirurgeon
06-14-2011, 01:29 PM
I was just checking the flights on Southwest for my December trip. I am not a happy camper. I am a first flight out, last flight back kind of girl. Only if they are non stop. I am paranoid about losing luggage. Anyway, Southwest doesn't have a morning flight. :eek: I have never flown AirTran, but I have heard not such great things about AirTran. I will admit the price is better than Southwest. However, I have seen the prices for SW go down around 3 months out. Do AirTran prices go down like that? I'm so confused!!!!!!

Kim

DisneyKevin
06-14-2011, 01:36 PM
Air Tran has been purchased by Southwest.

Cherinva
06-14-2011, 01:38 PM
Air Tran has been purchased by Southwest.

I was just getting ready to type that Kevin...hey, you're taping a Pod Cast right now...what are you doing on the boards? :rotfl:

chirurgeon
06-14-2011, 01:51 PM
I did know about the acquisition, but they are still doing separate bookings. I can't buy airfare until after August anyway. Darn union contract.

Kim

KristEn87
06-14-2011, 02:00 PM
My family and I have flown AirTran many times and have never had any issues with them. On average we tend to get fares for about $84 each way to Orlando with non-stop flights.

Iceman13
06-14-2011, 03:30 PM
We have flown AirTran the last three trips down to Orlando. They are one of the few airlines with direct flights from our home airport to Orlando. We have only had one minor seating issue, that they eventually resolved, so I have no complaints. We have two future bookings already lines up with them.

parrotheadlois
06-14-2011, 03:37 PM
We like AirTran - they fly out of Lehigh Valley International Airport which is so much more convenient for us than Newark. The only downside is there is only 1 flight a day (in and out), and it's a late afternoon flight. I'd prefer an earlier flight too, but it's a trade-off for the convenience. We do like the airline and have had no issues at all with them. :thumbsup2

tinkerbell_mom
06-14-2011, 04:22 PM
I just flew to Orlando last week on Airtran. Very good service and no complaints. The one thing i prefer with Southwest is no fee for baggage. It was a $20 fee on Airtran.

satorifound
06-14-2011, 04:27 PM
Southwest flights have started getting higher for my flight dates. I ended up buying someone else, but if you see prices you can live with, jump on them. LOL

safetymom
06-14-2011, 05:50 PM
I have no complaints with AirTran. Always received great service but I don't think you can beat the flexibility that Southwest gives you. Not to mention free luggage. I would take a flight that included a stop just to fly Southwest.

Sooze
06-14-2011, 05:57 PM
Another frequent Airtran flier here..... no complaints!! They also offer direct flights for us, and we've never had a problem! Hope it all works out for you!

pal-mickey
06-14-2011, 06:55 PM
I don't know if things are different since SW bought airtran, but last year I called airtran about this and they said there is a fee to changes even if it's just for a lower price on the same flight

pal-mickey
06-14-2011, 06:56 PM
I've also had no problems with them. And I notice that they are lot cheaper than SW out of Philly.

SueM in MN
06-14-2011, 07:21 PM
I've also had no problems with them. And I notice that they are lot cheaper than SW out of Philly.
Airtran has also been cheaper than Southwest out of Minneapolis - even adding the fees that Airtran has that SW doesn't charge.
We expected SW to be competitive once they came into the Minneapolis market, but have not found them to be.

DUHgreg
06-14-2011, 07:54 PM
We like AirTran - they fly out of Lehigh Valley International Airport which is so much more convenient for us than Newark. The only downside is there is only 1 flight a day (in and out), and it's a late afternoon flight. I'd prefer an earlier flight too, but it's a trade-off for the convenience. We do like the airline and have had no issues at all with them. :thumbsup2

As DW states, no issues at all. Once, we had a delay leaving Orlando. It was fully explained (a flight attendant had to leave because of a medical emergency involving her daughter, another had to arrive on an incoming flight as a replacement, we left 20 minutes late and the replacement got a round of applause).:thumbsup2 When possible, we also take advantage of the check-in upgrade to business class (free checked luggage, free drinks, more room). For us $69 p/p each way. Given the fares, we still pay less with the upgrade than we would on some other airlines for economy. Business class will disappear when SW takes over. We're going to miss it.:sad1:

Nancy F
06-14-2011, 08:07 PM
I LOVE Airtran. I have been using them twice a year since 05 and have another flight booked in Dec. I'm dreading when Southwest takes over. If they don't keep things the way they are right now with Airtran... I'll be looking for another company. I don't like that Southwest doesn't offer Business Class. I'm more than willing to pay more to be comfortable. And I'd rather pay for my bags than sit three across.
Nancy :sad1:

717fan
06-14-2011, 10:04 PM
I wonder if anyone remembers that ValuJet merged with Airtran after it's Florida Everglades crash in May 1996.

Friendly Frog
06-14-2011, 11:13 PM
I LOVE Airtran. I have been using them twice a year since 05 and have another flight booked in Dec. I'm dreading when Southwest takes over. If they don't keep things the way they are right now with Airtran... I'll be looking for another company. I don't like that Southwest doesn't offer Business Class. I'm more than willing to pay more to be comfortable. And I'd rather pay for my bags than sit three across.
Nancy :sad1:

Another lover of Airtran here. :thumbsup2 I am really sad that SW purchased them. For me Airtran was less expensive and SW does not offer direct flights to Orlando from my area.

NancyIL
06-15-2011, 07:52 AM
I don't know if things are different since SW bought airtran, but last year I called airtran about this and they said there is a fee to changes even if it's just for a lower price on the same flight

When my flights have gone down in price, a phonecall to AirTran resulted in a credit (to my A+ Rewards account) for the price difference. If you just want to change or cancel a flight, there is a $75 fee.

1Grumpy9
06-15-2011, 08:58 AM
I have used both airlines...I only had one problem last year flying from Baltimore to Orlando with Airtran. We were late leaving Baltimore (we were the first flight out of BWI after the monster snow storm and had computer issues) and we arrived in ATL a little behind and I didn't have time to make my connecting flight so they got me on another flight to MCO with no problems.

The merger between SW and Airtran isn't going to change anything (from what I heard). They are going to keep different names and the only addition is that SW will be going into airports that Airtran goes into now. For me that would be a bonus because Airtran goes out of my local airport, but I find it cheaper to drive to BWI to get a flight to Orlando.

Flying home from Orlando last year I opted for the $39.00 upgrade to Business Class...It was worth it because the flight home was full and the leg room was much better in Business Class than in Coach.

My advise is to compare the prices between SW and Airtran with the baggage fees added into your Airtran flight price and see which one is the better deal.

I have never had a problem with SW either...In fact, I would rather fly either airline rather than another major airline. Both companies have good customer service. I find the flight attendants on SW are a little more friendly than Airtran. That is one aspect I hope that SW instills on Airtran.

NancyIL
06-15-2011, 09:05 AM
The merger between SW and Airtran isn't going to change anything (from what I heard). They are going to keep different names and the only addition is that SW will be going into airports that Airtran goes into now. For me that would be a bonus because Airtran goes out of my local airport, but I find it cheaper to drive to BWI to get a flight to Orlando.



You have heard wrong! AirTran will cease to exist, and only Southwest planes will be flying - probably some time in 2012.

http://www.southwest.com/html/about-southwest/lowfaresfarther.html?int=HOMEAIRTRAN00000110502

SamSam
06-15-2011, 09:17 AM
When my flights have gone down in price, a phonecall to AirTran resulted in a credit (to my A+ Rewards account) for the price difference. If you just want to change or cancel a flight, there is a $75 fee.

That's good to know.

mainegal
06-15-2011, 09:26 AM
I wonder if anyone remembers that ValuJet merged with Airtran after it's Florida Everglades crash in May 1996.

I remember!


I flew Air Train Maine to Florida last December.
My annoyance was that the flight time changed three times after I booked the ticket. I was supposed to land 1:00. I would have time for a short visit to a park and a sit down meal. I ended up landing at 7:30!

Other than that, the flight, etc. was fine. I liked the free internet onboard.

Coming back, I used Jet Blue, no free internt, but lots of nice snacks!

NancyIL
06-15-2011, 09:39 AM
I remember!


I flew Air Train Maine to Florida last December.
My annoyance was that the flight time changed three times after I booked the ticket. I was supposed to land 1:00. I would have time for a short visit to a park and a sit down meal. I ended up landing at 7:30!

Other than that, the flight, etc. was fine. I liked the free internet onboard.

Coming back, I used Jet Blue, no free internt, but lots of nice snacks!
When the flight time changes (as it does on most airlines) - you can call AirTran and ask them to move you to a flight with better times.

mainegal
06-15-2011, 10:13 AM
When the flight time changes (as it does on most airlines) - you can call AirTran and ask them to move you to a flight with better times.

I kept the flight I had because it was non-stop. It is such a rarity to get a non-stop flight. It was so nice!

According to Air Tran's current schedule, my non-stop flight was originally 11:24 - 2:35. The earlier flight I might have chosen was 6:15 - 1:00. 3 hr 11 min vs 6 hr 45 min.
My 11:24 departure ended up as a 4:00 departure. Oh, well. It was okay since I was down at WDW for over a week. Flight change times like this make me realize the importance of arriving the day before the ship leaves port.

parrotheadlois
06-15-2011, 10:21 AM
When the flight time changes (as it does on most airlines) - you can call AirTran and ask them to move you to a flight with better times.

with only one flight out of LVI, when the time changes - we have no choice but to go with the flow. Disadvantage of a very small airport.

NancyIL
06-15-2011, 10:32 AM
with only one flight out of LVI, when the time changes - we have no choice but to go with the flow. Disadvantage of a very small airport.

I understand. AirTran has one non-stop flight from Bloomington, IL to Orlando 4 days a week. It's a morning flight, which is great, but the same plane departs first from Orlando and then returns to Orlando. Because I don't want to get picked up at WDW at 5:30 a.m. in December, I will book a connecting flight home on the airline with the best price. If all fares are the same, I will probably choose American for the airline miles.

**ETA - AirTran also has several connecting flights from BMI every day - but the non-stop is only 4 days a week.

ccgirl
06-15-2011, 10:48 AM
My family and I have flown AirTran many times and have never had any issues with them. On average we tend to get fares for about $84 each way to Orlando with non-stop flights.

Yup. This. Don't forget to add in the baggage fee and seat fee with the price though. Even with that they were still a good deal cheaper.

ccgirl
06-15-2011, 10:49 AM
When the flight time changes (as it does on most airlines) - you can call AirTran and ask them to move you to a flight with better times.

Correct. And, if the price goes down you can receive a voucher. I used our voucher for our baggage fees.

BoilerMouse
06-15-2011, 11:38 AM
my family likes SW better due to newer and nicer planes. Issues we always run into are the same with everyone else, SW does not charge for bags and nicer planes, AirTran has better flight times, so itís all about tradeoffs. SW charges an extra $10 for an early gate spot while AT charges $15 extra to pick your seats prior to 24 hours out, so this is about a wash for us. For our 2009 and 2010 trips we have flow down on one and back on another so donít think you have to pick one for both legs of the trip to get the best deal. The $20 or $25 AT now charges per back basically make SW the cheaper option.
Only fear now that they are merging will be less competition (these are the only two that fly direct out of IND to MCO) so next year the deals will be gone.
Of all the years flying we have had only one issue were AT left a gate checked stroller behind so they brought it to the house the next day.
Good Luck

pal-mickey
06-15-2011, 06:20 PM
When my flights have gone down in price, a phonecall to AirTran resulted in a credit (to my A+ Rewards account) for the price difference. If you just want to change or cancel a flight, there is a $75 fee.

Thanks for the info. Now that I think about it, I think I asked if another flight was added for a better time, would there be a charge and they said yes. I wanted to fly out of allentown, that is the closest airport to me

FireDancer
06-15-2011, 06:43 PM
I normally fly SW because they fly out of Cleveland. AirTran flies out of Akron and I flew them for the first time last Sept/Oct for the Wine & Dine half marathon. I had a good experience and while it was a one off and not really enough to form a good overall opinion that one flight went perfectly.

Hesky
06-15-2011, 06:54 PM
I've never tried SW because they fly out of Baltimore, unlike AirTran that flies out of DC or Dulles. I like the fact they don't have a baggage fee though. Other than that I love AirTran. I fly with them a lot, both to Florida and California, and I've never had any problems with them.

I will be flying with US Airways on my next trip to WDW, and they are also good. :)

ccgirl
06-17-2011, 09:32 AM
Thanks for the info. Now that I think about it, I think I asked if another flight was added for a better time, would there be a charge and they said yes. I wanted to fly out of allentown, that is the closest airport to me

Right, for a better time you would have to pay the difference in flight. If they change the time of your original reservation you can switch to another time at no charge. And, as explained, if the price of the original flight goes down you can get a voucher. I did that and my baggage fees ended up being "free" as I used the edit.

ccgirl
06-17-2011, 09:35 AM
my family likes SW better due to newer and nicer planes. Issues we always run into are the same with everyone else, SW does not charge for bags and nicer planes, AirTran has better flight times, so itís all about tradeoffs. SW charges an extra $10 for an early gate spot while AT charges $15 extra to pick your seats prior to 24 hours out, so this is about a wash for us. For our 2009 and 2010 trips we have flow down on one and back on another so donít think you have to pick one for both legs of the trip to get the best deal. The $20 or $25 AT now charges per back basically make SW the cheaper option.
Only fear now that they are merging will be less competition (these are the only two that fly direct out of IND to MCO) so next year the deals will be gone.
Of all the years flying we have had only one issue were AT left a gate checked stroller behind so they brought it to the house the next day.
Good Luck

Depends on the seat. We only pick the $6 seats. I, too, am concerned about the lack of competition now.