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Madi100
02-23-2005, 11:26 AM
Can anyone tell me anything about AirTran? I've never even heard of them before.

inkkognito
02-23-2005, 11:52 AM
My husband just used them for the first time ever from MCO to CHI. He had to switch planes in Atlanta. He said it wasn't bad, although the 717s have no legroom. His flight from Atlanta to MDW was delayed an hour...plane was there but crew was not (I think the flight they were coming in on was delayed due to fog). Not bad...he said he'd use them again if the price was right, although the stop is a pain. Sure wish they'd add some direct flights like they said they were going to.
Barb

wdwgoofeeee
02-23-2005, 12:41 PM
We have used AirTran out of Philly several times. Newer planes with two seaters on the left side and three seaters on the right. Great for us since there are two of us so we take the left side when we pick our seats. Friendly staff and good service. No better or worse than anyone else. If you book very far in advance they may change your flight times, so keep an eye on that. They did that to us and did send us an e-mail, but it came way after the flight times were changed and I already knew about it. If it's a big change they offer to change your flight for free.
I like the fact that you can pick your seats and get your boarding passes from home.
We will be flying them again soon. I would recommend them.
FYI....there are numerous other posts about AirTran so keep looking on this forum.

erikthewise
02-23-2005, 01:41 PM
Lots of people fly Airtran, that's why they're one of the few airlines making money. And they specialize in flights to Florida, with nonstops from cities that don't usually have them. Reasonable fares and newer aircraft. So for many (like us) they are the perfect solution for travel to WDW.

cyndibelle
02-23-2005, 01:47 PM
we like airtran...you can get some great rates from them....we have flown them several times....i say if they get you from point a to point b and they are clean friendly comfy and cheap..what more can you ask for....

ncgolfer
02-23-2005, 02:28 PM
They are budget no-frills airline. Nice planes, nice employees, if you just wanna get there and back they do a great job at it. The only thing I would reiterate is they will change flight times on you so you need to occasionally check to make sure your flight hasn't changed. We used to fly them from Greensboro, NC to Atlanta and then to Orlando.

cbrfan
02-23-2005, 02:35 PM
We use Air Tran almost exclusively. I'll even pay a little more to fly them. They're starting to offer more non-stop flights from different airports, so I'm hoping their fares stay low.

DebbieB
02-23-2005, 02:39 PM
I used them in December PIT/MCO, they were good. Using them again next week.

MNSusan
02-23-2005, 03:24 PM
We flew AirTran MSP-MCO in January. If you sign up for their weekly email, you can find some great prices - we paid $89 each way which is unheard of from Minneapolis. They're pretty much like any other airline, and I won't hesitate to use them again if the price is right.

MiJo
02-23-2005, 03:45 PM
and would highly recommend them. I heard they were once Value Jet, but I'm not sure about that. Anyway, my DW and I got R/T tickets for Philly/MCO for $118 each, including everything! That's unbelievable. If you get the Internet special prices like we did, you can pick your seats and print out your boarding passes within 24 hours of your flight. We did that at home for our flight down to MCO. You can then do the same thing at one of the Disney Resorts the day before you come home. I think the convention resorts do this (there may be a fee) but our CM at POR told us they are trying to set up the computers to do this at all of the resorts' Guest Relations counters. We actually had our DD pick our seats for us at home and she then FAX'd our boarding passes to us at POR. We received a beverage and a small packet of crackers on both flights. Both flights were on time and had no problems what-so-ever.

becky7953
02-24-2005, 01:18 PM
My sister in law always uses Airtran. I have yet to try them, but she highly recommends them. She uses them a couple times a year. :)

wdisneelvr
02-24-2005, 02:00 PM
This is good to know as I will be flying on Airtran for the first time next month. Thank you for all the great advice!

ducklite
02-24-2005, 03:05 PM
After Valujet 592 went down into the Eveglades almost seven years ago, Valujet's parent corporation quickly purchased a small competitor, Airtran, to rebrand the company. It's Valuejet, same planes, same people running the operation, just a different name to put your mind at ease.

Anne

MaryKatesMom
02-24-2005, 08:48 PM
My DH and I used to fly them quite a bit when they were Valuejet and we lived in Rochester. I thought they were fine then and I would fly them now if they were at our local airport.

DebbieB
02-24-2005, 09:12 PM
After Valujet 592 went down into the Eveglades almost seven years ago, Valujet's parent corporation quickly purchased a small competitor, Airtran, to rebrand the company. It's Valuejet, same planes, same people running the operation, just a different name to put your mind at ease.

Anne

Actually Air Tran has retired the Valujet DC-9's and replaced them with new 717's.

CaliforniaDreaming
02-24-2005, 09:31 PM
We've flown AirTran, no problems at all. What more can you ask for, brand new planes, friendly employees, and on-time flights!

Tine731
02-24-2005, 10:19 PM
I have used Airtran and would use them again. If you have to connect thru Atlanta don't fret. All the Airtran gates are located in the same terminal so it is usually a short walk.

bengalbelle
02-24-2005, 10:35 PM
DH has flown Air Tran for business and liked it.

wdisneelvr
02-26-2005, 07:21 PM
These replies are all good to hear.

I will be flying Airtran for the first time, as a first time flyer.

:flower:

Sherri
03-02-2005, 01:49 PM
These replies are all good to hear.

I will be flying Airtran for the first time, as a first time flyer.

:flower:

One thing you might want to keep in mind especially if you are traveling with kids. I believe you only get drinks, not food. That seems to be the policy of most interstate flights these days. I was in for a rude awakening when we didn't get food on our six our flight to Vegas this past summer. Now I know to eat first, or bring something.

Disneyjosh229
03-02-2005, 02:17 PM
AirTran's not a bad airline, only complaint is is that there based in ATL. HATE that airport (Not as much as MSP :earboy2: ). AirTran was formed after ValueJet went out of business. They essentialy bought all of the old ValueJet planes, replaced the "Bad" parts, repainted the planes and opened AirTran.

wdisneelvr
03-02-2005, 04:09 PM
I read on their website that they had the newest planes in the nation.
Boing 717's and 737's.

And the incident with Valuejet was not their fault, but the company that lied about the combustable contents of what they were loading into the cargo area of the jet.

wdisneelvr
03-05-2005, 07:35 PM
Anyone know if they really do have the newest fleet in the nation???

jcemom
03-07-2005, 11:10 AM
We flew AirTran out of PIT for the first time last month, non stop to MCO. They were great. They did only serve drinks (but they gave us the full can of soda compared to USAir who only gave us a cupful last year), and pretzels. That's fine with me as I never cared for airline food anyway and will all the choices in the airports these days, I don't need a meal on the plane.

The boarding was extrememly efficient, the employees very friendly, and our flights landed 20 minutes AHEAD of schedule, BOTH ways! You can't beat that.

We paid $155 per person, round trip. USAir wanted $250.

Madi100
03-08-2005, 09:45 AM
We flew AirTran out of PIT for the first time last month, non stop to MCO. They were great. They did only serve drinks (but they gave us the full can of soda compared to USAir who only gave us a cupful last year), and pretzels. That's fine with me as I never cared for airline food anyway and will all the choices in the airports these days, I don't need a meal on the plane.

The boarding was extrememly efficient, the employees very friendly, and our flights landed 20 minutes AHEAD of schedule, BOTH ways! You can't beat that.

We paid $155 per person, round trip. USAir wanted $250.

WOW. You got a good rate! I hope I can get something that good. I'm just glad to finally be able to fly out close by at a reasonable price.

safetymom
03-08-2005, 10:56 AM
Just got back from Atlanta and used Air Tran. Had no problems either flight. We only got a cup of soda but thats ok. Flights left on time. The only problem at ATL is allowing enough time to get through security.

DebbieB
03-08-2005, 02:59 PM
I just returned last night on Air Tran, left PIT last Wednesday morning. Both flights arrived early (~ 10 min). We didn't have a laptop to reserve seats 24 hours before the return, we just waited until we got to the airport. The only 2 seats together were the last row. We should have tried for separate seats. The last row is uncomfortable, no window, no recline, kind of stuffy. I've used them twice and recommend them. I have another trip booked for May.

By the way, they retired the ValuJet DC-9's. They are flying new 717's.

Sherri
03-21-2005, 07:46 PM
I love airtran. Phl-Mco, a great deal. Coming home our flight was delayed and would have caused us to miss our connection through Atlanta. They put us on the 7:40pm non stop flight to Philadelphia and two seats were in business/first class. The other two seats were seperate, but since my husband and daughter would be seperated many passangers offered to switch. They were terrific. Would fly them again in a heartbeat. Getting there we arrived ahead of schedule.

mepperson
03-22-2005, 10:47 AM
All of this is great to hear. I am about to book flights for next month, and they are the best rate I've found from Dallas to Orlando. Thanks for the posts!

Mary

Spoisal
03-22-2005, 12:35 PM
Air Tran is the only airline we use! They are the only ones who offer NONSTOP between BWI (Baltimore) & Orlando. I would pay extra to fly airtran for that reason alone (shhhhh).