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hygienejean
05-15-2005, 11:58 AM
Hi everyone!
Just wondering if there are just certain ailines that work with ME? We are flying USAIR but my parents will be flying Independance Airlines....Is there info posted somewhere?

Thanks!

Horace Horsecollar
05-15-2005, 12:03 PM
Just wondering if there are just certain ailines that work with ME? We are flying USAIR but my parents will be flying Independance Airlines....Is there info posted somewhere?
Here's how I answered this question recently:

This question comes up over and over again. The phrase "participating airlines" has caused all sorts on confusion with Disney CMs and with folks on this board.

Disney's Magical Express (ME) is not limited to "participating airlines." You can ride the ME coaches both ways. And when traveling to WDW, you can check your luggage from your home airport directly to your WDW resort hotel. (It gets a little more complicated for international visitors who need to pass through U.S. Customs and Imigration at Orlando International.)

There is no participating airlines list for the overall ME service.

There is only a participating airlines list for Resort Airline Check-in. But you can use Magical Express without using Resort Airline Check-in, and you can use Resort Airline Check-in without using Magical Express.

Here's where the participating airlines become a factor... According to the Disney Meetings website Disney's Magical Express FAQs (http://disneymeetings.disney.go.com/dwm/services/detail?name=DMEAttendeesFAQDetailPage):

Q: What is Resort Airline Check-in?

A: This service offers remote check-in, allowing you to check your luggage and receive your airline boarding pass at the Resort. At this time, remote check-in service is only available for guests flying domestically on the following airlines: American, Continental, Delta (including Song), and United (including Ted). Additional airlines may be added at a later date.

If you aren't on a Resort Airline Check-in participating airline, your luggage can travel back to the airport in the luggage hold of the ME motorcoach. Once at the airport, you can check your bags and get your boarding pass.

hygienejean
05-15-2005, 12:23 PM
What does Resort Airline Check in refer to? Does that mean that if I were on a participating airline I could check into the Polynesian at the airport? Even get my keys? Thank you for your super quick reply! :)

Horace Horsecollar
05-15-2005, 01:06 PM
What does Resort Airline Check in refer to? Does that mean that if I were on a participating airline I could check into the Polynesian at the airport? Even get my keys?
No. Resort Airline Check-in does not come into play on your check-in day -- only on your check-out day.

Please reread the definition of Resort Airline Check-in:

Q: What is Resort Airline Check-in?

A: This service offers remote check-in, allowing you to check your luggage and receive your airline boarding pass at the Resort. At this time, remote check-in service is only available for guests flying domestically on the following airlines: American, Continental, Delta (including Song), and United (including Ted). Additional airlines may be added at a later date.

It means that on your check-out day, you don't have stand in lines at the airport (except for security) or drag your luggage around the airport. That's because, at your WDW resort hotel, you can get your boarding passes and check your luggage through to your home airport.