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supersuperwendy
02-29-2012, 06:00 PM
I got an email yesterday from Harrisburgh International alerting me that Frontier will start offering non stop service to Orlando in May!!!

We had been planning to drive down from the Philly burbs since flights were pretty high for the five of us and I had given up hope of a good price.

Well...I just booked our flights for June 14th for $73.49 + 16.31 tax = $89.90 each!!! My parents are driving down so they offered to take our baggage so no fees to worry about! wooo hooo!!! :cool1:

And ...I got to select our seats for free!!!

UPDATE!!! So once again Frontier has an amazing price!!! Under $500 for the 6 of us!!! LOVE IT!!! June 18, 2013 is only $69!!!! see post #30

KINGBOBOFTHENORTH
03-01-2012, 08:17 PM
Not a surprise to see other airlines picking up AirTran routes that Southwest is dropping. Quite the surprise seeing Frontier doing it! A real "getting out of the box" step for them and I think it will be successful for them.

BobK/Orlando

disny_luvr
03-01-2012, 09:25 PM
I got an email yesterday from Harrisburgh International alerting me that Frontier will start offering non stop service to Orlando in May!!!

We had been planning to drive down from the Philly burbs since flights were pretty high for the five of us and I had given up hope of a good price.

Well...I just booked our flights for June 14th for $73.49 + 16.31 tax = $89.90 each!!! My parents are driving down so they offered to take our baggage so no fees to worry about! wooo hooo!!! :cool1:

And ...I got to select our seats for free!!!

I'm very happy that Frontier is picking up a non-stop out of Harrisburg since we only live 15 mins. from the airport. We, too, are flying from HIA on June 14th but on AirTran. We got our tickets at a great price too - $87 - but have to pay to check two bags AND we only fly out at 2:00 vs. the 11:30ish flight on Frontier. The only bummer about Frontier is the return time from MCO. I want to book them for our return flight on June 22, but don't want to be picked up by ME at 6:00 am. I'm hoping SW will lower their prices to BWI for that day. We'll see....

BTW, we are also staying at BCV. Enjoy your trip. :thumbsup2

supersuperwendy
03-03-2012, 12:07 AM
Wow me too!

We have the same travel dates and I'll be at BCV too!

We are also leaving the 22nd ...I saw that early flight and thought NOOOO don't want a 6am DME either!!! We are actually going to drive home with my parents instead. My dad wants to take us to St. Augustine and other spots along the way home :goodvibes

bookwormde
03-03-2012, 07:27 AM
Of course we are flying the 13th and the 23rd when they do not have flights.

We will also be at BCV from the 14th to the 18th, when we move to VWL

supersuperwendy
03-03-2012, 01:07 PM
They are brining service to Allentown Pa too! But I think they will only fly on tuesdays and saturdays from there.

Checkers
03-03-2012, 05:04 PM
I live in the greater Harrisburg area, too, and I have emailed Frontier thanking them for the direct flight to Orlando. Also, I made the request that they consider participating in the Resort Airline Checkin at the resorts as it is a great convenience especially for those using Magical Express. I did get an email back saying they would forward my suggestion on to those that make those decisions. I gently remarked that most of the major airlines servicing the WDW resorts were participated with Resort Airline Checkin.

Also, agree that the 9am return flight is not great, however, AirTran's was 8am and that 5am ME bus ride was something else! Last time my DH and I were the last ones to board the bus and got the last seats. They actually had some people sit on the floor and then made the announcement that if passengers with smaller children could hold them on their laps it would be appreciated. I did write to customer relations when I got home and told them about it. Off my rant now.
We have decided for our trip in Oct. if Frontier is not participating in RAC yet we may just take a taxi or limo to the airport and leave later than the 6am time.

supersuperwendy
03-04-2012, 08:47 PM
That's a great idea Checkers!

In case we use Frontier for a future return flight...Resort Airline Check In would be ideal! I hate waiting to check bags at MCO! :thumbsup2

Who did you contact? I'd love to make the suggestion to them to!

Checkers
03-04-2012, 09:07 PM
That's a great idea Checkers!

In case we use Frontier for a future return flight...Resort Airline Check In would be ideal! I hate waiting to check bags at MCO! :thumbsup2

Who did you contact? I'd love to make the suggestion to them to!

:)I went on the Frontier Airlines website and under Customer Service, Contact and then mid-page down there is a link for a customer compliment or complaint. If those who plan to use Frontier in the future would request this service we may have a better chance for them to offer RAC. Good luck to all of us! I am just happy that we have a direct flight and this would be icing on the cake.

If you plan on contacting them would you ask them when their window for Fall travel will be opening? Right now you can only make reservations until 9/9. Thanks!

stitch34
03-05-2012, 12:36 AM
Any idea when they are opening their schedule up further?
My friend is meeting us in disney.... needs to fly out Thanksgiving day - or day after.

Also, in looking at their current schedule.. do they fly every day to MCO? Looked like only a few times a week? hopefully it opens up more!

Checkers
03-05-2012, 08:03 PM
Any idea when they are opening their schedule up further?
My friend is meeting us in disney.... needs to fly out Thanksgiving day - or day after.

Also, in looking at their current schedule.. do they fly every day to MCO? Looked like only a few times a week? hopefully it opens up more!

Just booked our vacation today for early Oct. (out of Harrisburg) and I believe the window is open to early Nov. but check the website to be sure. I think out of Harrisburg there are 4 flights per week -- Tues., Thurs., Fri. & Sun. but I am not absolutely sure about that. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong, please.) We are flying out on a Fri. and returning on a Sun. I feel the rates were reasonable, too.

may_baby06
03-06-2012, 06:58 PM
your right they do only fly 4 days a week. I was looking into the prices as we are planning another trip in dec. and would love to fly out of Harrisburg since we are about 10 mins or so away from there and much easier then BWI. Hoping they offer good prices!

Checkers
03-06-2012, 07:40 PM
your right they do only fly 4 days a week. I was looking into the prices as we are planning another trip in dec. and would love to fly out of Harrisburg since we are about 10 mins or so away from there and much easier then BWI. Hoping they offer good prices!

A family member of mine just booked 4 (RT) tickets out of Harrisburg (on Frontier) for Oct. and the cost was between $800-900 (not including $ for checked bags which I believe is $20 per bag). This is just over $100 each way per ticket. Not bad for this day of high gas prices. Also, you get to select your seats, no charge.:)

DonnaL
03-07-2012, 12:04 AM
checkers.....rather than catching ME so early A.M. or finding alternate transportation for that early......why not catch ME back to airport around 9 or 10 p.m. the evening before and book a room at MCO Hyatt for that night.....Last Minute Travel usually has some very good rates a few weeks out.....about the same as it would cost you for towncar service. This past Oct we did this and loved it......we were able to stay at WDW until 9:00 p.m.....got on our scheduled ME bus and checked into the Hyatt about 10:00 p.m. for our 8:00 a.m. flight......it was great.......we only had to catch the escalator down at MCO in the A.M. and got to sleep in until 5:30 a.m.!! However, keep in mind you will NOT be able to use airline resort check-in since you're not flying out until the next day, however, bell services will certainly hold your bags for you all day until you're catching the bus in the evening. As far as checking your bags at the airport.......don't ever wait in line inside.....always simply walk out to curbside check-in......if there is a line outside it's usually very minimal.....I've never waited more than 5 minutes outside......no where near what it can be inside and since ME/Resort check-in has come about.......there usually is no line outside at all.

Checkers
03-07-2012, 09:31 AM
checkers.....rather than catching ME so early A.M. or finding alternate transportation for that early......why not catch ME back to airport around 9 or 10 p.m. the evening before and book a room at MCO Hyatt for that night.....Last Minute Travel usually has some very good rates a few weeks out.....about the same as it would cost you for towncar service. This past Oct we did this and loved it......we were able to stay at WDW until 9:00 p.m.....got on our scheduled ME bus and checked into the Hyatt about 10:00 p.m. for our 8:00 a.m. flight......it was great.......we only had to catch the escalator down at MCO in the A.M. and got to sleep in until 5:30 a.m.!! However, keep in mind you will NOT be able to use airline resort check-in since you're not flying out until the next day, however, bell services will certainly hold your bags for you all day until you're catching the bus in the evening. As far as checking your bags at the airport.......don't ever wait in line inside.....always simply walk out to curbside check-in......if there is a line outside it's usually very minimal.....I've never waited more than 5 minutes outside......no where near what it can be inside and since ME/Resort check-in has come about.......there usually is no line outside at all.

Thanks for the suggesion, Donna, but unfortunately it won't work for us this time. We are staying at BWVs with our DD & family (from Seattle) so the points are booked. Not sure yet when they will be flying back and being that we don't get to see them very often, we want to spend every available moment with them. This is, however, a wonderful idea for future trips when it is just me & DH. That early morning flight is a killer when you have to catch ME 3 hrs. prior to flight time!

supersuperwendy
03-10-2012, 10:09 AM
This will be our first flight on Frontier. I was looking at their webisite. My kids are very excited about the netflix. Do all of their planes have that? I'm assuming there's a jack for headphones???

tam626
03-10-2012, 12:51 PM
I am happy to say that I recently discovered Frontier as well! After being disgusted with Airtran & Southwest's prices I found them. So happy!

kwdietrich1
03-11-2012, 04:18 PM
We booked RT flight from HAR to MCO a week and half ago for our July trip. We used to drive down to BWI stay at a Park and Stay hotel to leave at the crack of dawn the next day.

Now with the later departure time and lack of need to stay at a hotel the night before our departure, we splurged on Classic Plus/stretch seating. Saves us $$ regardless.
It included our checked luggage which would have equaled the economy seat with paying for checked luggage, priority boarding, premium beverage and priority security line at MCO (supposedly shorter wait through security check point- we'll see- not holding my breath on that one!).

andrews_dad
03-14-2012, 10:02 AM
We booked RT flight from HAR to MCO a week and half ago for our July trip. We used to drive down to BWI stay at a Park and Stay hotel to leave at the crack of dawn the next day.

Now with the later departure time and lack of need to stay at a hotel the night before our departure, we splurged on Classic Plus/stretch seating. Saves us $$ regardless.
It included our checked luggage which would have equaled the economy seat with paying for checked luggage, priority boarding, premium beverage and priority security line at MCO (supposedly shorter wait through security check point- we'll see- not holding my breath on that one!).

I live in York, PA. Have been driving to BWI for YEARS for lower fares and finally got fed up with the hassle, the parking issues, the traffic. So, I booked my first trip with Air Tran out of HIA for June 14, 2012. Looks like my LAST AirTran out of HIA, as they pull out! LOL. I will give Frontier a try, I think.. in the future. Although that VERY early return flight time might be a deal breaker for me. Getting the kids out of the door that early, return rental car, etc. We rent a house when we go so it must be cleaned, trash out, etc. Tough to get out. Plus we like taking a later flight in teh day and use the last AM for shopping, or Fantasia mini golf, or something else. Seems like a wasted vacation day to be in your house at lunch time!!!

kwdietrich1
03-14-2012, 10:49 AM
I live in York, PA. Have been driving to BWI for YEARS for lower fares and finally got fed up with the hassle, the parking issues, the traffic. So, I booked my first trip with Air Tran out of HIA for June 14, 2012. Looks like my LAST AirTran out of HIA, as they pull out! LOL. I will give Frontier a try, I think.. in the future. Although that VERY early return flight time might be a deal breaker for me. Getting the kids out of the door that early, return rental car, etc. We rent a house when we go so it must be cleaned, trash out, etc. Tough to get out. Plus we like taking a later flight in teh day and use the last AM for shopping, or Fantasia mini golf, or something else. Seems like a wasted vacation day to be in your house at lunch time!!!

I agree that the early flight is terrible, but we just decided to add a few extra days to our vacation to compensate for losing part of a day in Disney. It's just my DH and I so getting out of there will be easier for us. I think if this flight becomes a popular one, Frontier will most likely change to a later departure time (I hope).

Checkers
03-14-2012, 11:00 AM
We booked RT flight from HAR to MCO a week and half ago for our July trip. We used to drive down to BWI stay at a Park and Stay hotel to leave at the crack of dawn the next day.

Now with the later departure time and lack of need to stay at a hotel the night before our departure, we splurged on Classic Plus/stretch seating. Saves us $$ regardless.
It included our checked luggage which would have equaled the economy seat with paying for checked luggage, priority boarding, premium beverage and priority security line at MCO (supposedly shorter wait through security check point- we'll see- not holding my breath on that one!).

We did the exact same thing for our Oct. trip. I agree about the security check point but HIA is so easy to navigate I don't think there will be a problem either way. About the early return departure time, we just add a day to the beginning of our vacation to make up for it. Perhaps they will change it later on. Also hoping for Resort Airline Check-in, too, by the time we leave. Don't relish the thought of dragging our luggage onto ME bus!

supersuperwendy
05-15-2012, 05:26 PM
Update!!! I just booked our return flight for 6/22..... again only $89 each!!! Magical Express will be at 6am yikes! But thats better than cramming myself and 4 kids into my parents mini van at 5 am for a long drive back to PA!!!!

Checkers
05-15-2012, 05:46 PM
Update!!! I just booked our return flight for 6/22..... again only $89 each!!! Magical Express will be at 6am yikes! But thats better than cramming myself and 4 kids into my parents mini van at 5 am for a long drive back to PA!!!!

That's great! Let me know if Frontier has been added to Resort Airline Check-in. After Frontier announced it was beginning direct flights from HIA to MCO I wrote and thanked them and suggested they consider including RAC like most of the major airlines that service WDW.

We are considering (if Frontier isn't a participating airline by Oct.) taking a taxi or limo to the airport because it will be a Sun. (no commuter traffic) and that extra hour in the morning is so worthwhile. We will not have to drag our luggage onto ME and hopefully will have curbside check-in and there will be 6 of us (2 families) and so we will split the cost.

Have a great time!:)

supersuperwendy
05-15-2012, 06:28 PM
Luckily my parents are driving our luggage home! I hope they do become a participating airline for future trips!

nascargirl
05-16-2012, 09:12 AM
We will be using Frontier out of Allentown in Dec. I noticed they have posted their flights out of Allentown thru 1/6/2013.

supersuperwendy
05-16-2012, 09:42 AM
I think the new service from Allentown and Harrisburg is wonderful. Both airports are a decent drive from my house! If it becomes a popular route for Frontier maybe they'll add more days of the week to their schedule especially in Allentown. :thumbsup2

disneymarie
05-16-2012, 11:58 PM
The only downer I can relate was for our Airtran flight out, if Frontier keeps the same schedule was at 8:40 AM. That means leaving DisneyME at 5:40 AM.

The airport is great, the flight was 2 hrs. no frills. We are in NE and the local airport has Allegiant now going nonstop to MCO. We will use this in the Fall. Only issue is the cost of the bags.

I told the family, you get underware and cosmetic needs in carry on and any electronic's
(wink wink)
Then you have to pick out three shirts, three shorts, one pants, jacket, and wear it alllll at one time to save on nuttsy baggage fees. :rotfl2:
Need to tell them I am joking, when I said budget trip, did not mean to really wear everything,

Imagine charging for the overhead bin? Only a back pack size item under the seat will go free. Prechecking will allow a discount.

But I will send through 1 bag and 1 overhead. The cost was $47 added fees were total $67 for three, one seat was $84. Will save about $30 in fuel from Harrisburg, and parking fees of $59.

bizeemom4
06-05-2012, 05:06 AM
Hi, Harrisburg peeps! I'm flying out on Frontier this evening for Orlando! I will post a review when I get back in 2 weeks. :cool1:

We booked on the first day that they went up for sale and didn't have to pay for stretch seats! We're in Row 1 which helps my anxiety when we arrive and I want to make that mad dash to Magical Express and start my vacation.

I don't see them listed as a participating airline with ME yet so it looks like I will be bringing my bags to checkin on our way home.

Now to decide if I will have the 'complimentary' goldfish crackers or the animal crackers. Big decisions.

Checkers
06-05-2012, 07:55 AM
Hi, Harrisburg peeps! I'm flying out on Frontier this evening for Orlando! I will post a review when I get back in 2 weeks. :cool1:

We booked on the first day that they went up for sale and didn't have to pay for stretch seats! We're in Row 1 which helps my anxiety when we arrive and I want to make that mad dash to Magical Express and start my vacation.

I don't see them listed as a participating airline with ME yet so it looks like I will be bringing my bags to checkin on our way home.

Now to decide if I will have the 'complimentary' goldfish crackers or the animal crackers. Big decisions.

Hi Bizeemom4. Have a great time and I will be very interested in hearing all the details. We are flying Frontier out of Hbg. in Oct. and are hoping they are participating in RAC by that time. I did write and make that suggestion and I know several other people who had written to them indicating that most major airlines servicing the WDW resorts offer this service. We'll see. Again, have a great time!:)

supersuperwendy
01-07-2013, 06:56 PM
UPDATE!!!

I just booked another amazing deal on Frontier!!!

Harrisburg ---> Orlando June 18, 2013 11 am ... $69 each!!! including taxes!

I keep asking them to become a resort participating airline...so hopefully they will soon, otherwise I may book a different airline back to PHL instead.

supersuperwendy
01-07-2013, 07:06 PM
The return flight on Sunday 6/23 is listed at 7:45 am! OMG YIKES! A 4:45 am DME sounds awful. We haven't flown out that early since 2007 and I vowed to never do it again. What to do...what to do

Checkers
01-07-2013, 07:12 PM
UPDATE!!!

I just booked another amazing deal on Frontier!!!

Harrisburg ---> Orlando June 18, 2013 11 am ... $69 each!!! including taxes!

I keep asking them to become a resort participating airline...so hopefully they will soon, otherwise I may book a different airline back to PHL instead.

Congratulations! Unfortunately it won't fit in with our plans right now but glad you were able to find a great deal. We flew down on Frontier in Oct. and it was a great flight. Then in Dec. we flew down again (Frontier) and flew USAir back (through Charlotte) because of the nonparticipating part. My husband uses a wheelchair at the airport and dragging our luggage on the ME bus and then through the airport is just not doable so we opted for USAir so that we could check our bags at the resort. When I got home I wrote to them again about RAC and how I had opted to fly another airline for the return flight just because of this. Haven't heard anything though. Again, congratulations, just hope if we keep urging them to participate it will have some influence!

Checkers
01-07-2013, 07:17 PM
The return flight on Sunday 6/23 is listed at 7:45 am! OMG YIKES! A 4:45 am DME sounds awful. We haven't flown out that early since 2007 and I vowed to never do it again. What to do...what to do

This was another reason we opted for USAir on the return flight. Our flight left at 10:25am so not a really early ME depart time. When we flew back in Oct. on Frontier we actually took a limo to the airport (traveling with other family members) so we didn't leave 3 hrs. earlier than flight like ME does. Worked out well for us.

may_baby06
01-07-2013, 07:57 PM
We are getting ready to book for next month at $59 per person. For 3 of us it's going to cost $360. Cheaper then southwest and more convenient for us!

bizeemom4
01-08-2013, 01:18 PM
Use the promo code CHOICE before 1/10 and you save 10% on classic fares and 5% on the cheapo fares.

supersuperwendy
01-08-2013, 05:54 PM
I wish I had that promo code yesterday!!!!

DebbieB
01-08-2013, 07:06 PM
Congratulations! Unfortunately it won't fit in with our plans right now but glad you were able to find a great deal. We flew down on Frontier in Oct. and it was a great flight. Then in Dec. we flew down again (Frontier) and flew USAir back (through Charlotte) because of the nonparticipating part. My husband uses a wheelchair at the airport and dragging our luggage on the ME bus and then through the airport is just not doable so we opted for USAir so that we could check our bags at the resort. When I got home I wrote to them again about RAC and how I had opted to fly another airline for the return flight just because of this. Haven't heard anything though. Again, congratulations, just hope if we keep urging them to participate it will have some influence!

It may not be their choice. Southwest was not participating for a long time because their reservation system was not compatable. Airportbags is the service provider, they may not want to work with Frontier to make their systems compatable because they are not that big.

Here is their website if you want to contact them:

http://www.airportbags.net/

bizeemom4
01-09-2013, 09:10 PM
I wish I had that promo code yesterday!!!!

Follow them on Facebook. That's how I got it!

DonnaL
01-09-2013, 09:53 PM
For the poster above who mentioned hating to wait in line at MCO to check bags....try going outside to curbside....the lines are ALWAYS much, much shorter than inside at the counter. It may cost you a few bucks to tip the skycap.....but, IMO it's worth it to avoid waiting in those awful lines inside. We rarely check bags anymore (it's just the two of us these days since our kids are all adults now) but, on the few occasions we do......I head right outside to the curb.

RMulieri
01-11-2013, 02:51 PM
Hoping they publish their fares from Harrisburg to Orlando for August soon..My trip is booked and I HATE waiting on airfare