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DiznEeyore
09-23-2005, 06:42 PM
We're seriously considering a last-minute trip the first week of November to WDW before dh starts a new job and has no vacation time. I have the money all saved up and as it turns out, driving and flying would cost almost exactly the same.

I'm a little worried about flying because it would be on Northwest, and they're on the ropes. With the mechanics on strike, the bankruptcy .... they're laying off 500 flight attendants based here in Detroit. Plus, my dh drives for a limo company and yesterday at Metro they cancelled a bunch of NW flights. And ... I always end up with a migraine from flying. But we get there in 2-1/2 hours vs. 19 (over 2 days) of driving!!

The downside of driving (besides the hours in the car) are the concerns about gas prices, especially once Rita hits this weekend.

Any thoughts?? All opinions will be appreciated, as we have to make up our minds this weekend! :)

ducklite
09-23-2005, 06:43 PM
Sing it with me!

"I'm leaving on a jet plane..."

Anne

WANNABE@WDW
09-23-2005, 06:44 PM
I would fly. The fact of 2 1/2 hours vs 2 days makes the choice easy for me.

graygables
09-23-2005, 06:56 PM
NWA is the only option? Are there any other airports you might fly out of?

I definitely say fly. I'm in Ohio and I drove it in Feb. Granted, I was driving alone w/ 2 kids, but it was still a haul and I LOVE to roadtrip. I've just decided that from now on, if I can at all swing it, I'll fly.

DiznEeyore
09-23-2005, 06:59 PM
NWA is the only option? Are there any other airports you might fly out of?
Northwest is the cheapest (even over Spirit, surprisingly!) .... and Detroit Metro is the closest. Otherwise, we'd have to drive to Flint, which is a couple of hours in the wrong direction. ;)

fac
09-23-2005, 07:03 PM
I will fly as well.
Will your DH be the only person driving? What does he think?

plutospup
09-23-2005, 07:03 PM
Fly! Even if your flight is delayed, it probably won't take 19+ hours.

stage manager
09-23-2005, 07:05 PM
I vote flying. While NWA is cutting flights, DTW/MCO isn't going to be drastically cut as most airlines can fill an MCO flight, especially from their hub. If you were flying out of a small town where NWA was the only service and had a couple of flights each day, then I'd worry about booking. But they will always have flights to DTW from MCO. We have tickets on Delta in October and I'm not too worried about losing service with them and I'm not in a hub.

If you have the money and the vacation time, do it. Driving will only make you distressed over the price of gas as you compare it across the country. With DME and resort transport, you wouldn't even have to think about a Gas station the whole time, and that alone could make the vacation worth it.

While I know it is MUCH worse in urban areas, $45 for 15 gallons of gas in southern indiana really hurt yesterday. Being at Disney can take the pain away, even just for a moment.

madge
09-23-2005, 07:06 PM
Sing it with me!

"I'm leaving on a jet plane..."

Anne

"I'm leaving on a jet plane..." :rockband:

DiznEeyore
09-23-2005, 07:08 PM
I will fly as well.
Will your DH be the only person driving? What does he think?
He and I would take turns driving. He doesn't mind driving (tho' I think he'd rather fly). He just knows how horrible I feel the first night after flying (last year I was lying on the floor of our room, wishing for death, LOL!) and is willing to drive for my head's sake. ;)

ducklite
09-23-2005, 07:29 PM
I'm a little confused, you say Flint is two hours in the wrong direction...it's only an hour from DTW. DH and I flew into DTW last February, and picked up a friend who flew into Flint on the way to our hotel. It was an hour, and an easy drive.

And after the experience, NEVER AGAIN, I'll fly into Chicago or Cleveland and drive the rest of the way before I ever fly into that armpit DTW again.

Anne

DiznEeyore
09-23-2005, 07:37 PM
I'm a little confused, you say Flint is two hours in the wrong direction...it's only an hour from DTW. DH and I flew into DTW last February, and picked up a friend who flew into Flint on the way to our hotel. It was an hour, and an easy drive.

I was referring to the distance between where we live and Flint, not the distance from DTW to Bishop. Flint is more than an hour away from us ... closer to two, especially if you hit the traffic that's very common on I-75. You were fortunate to have an easy drive. I've been going up north my entire life and if we're lucky, we hit Flint in 90 minutes.

Brian Noble
09-23-2005, 07:41 PM
I have one word for you: fly.

Sandi
09-23-2005, 07:47 PM
I say fly, too. It's the 2.5 hours compared to 2 days that does it for me. What about SWA? We've been watching all the airlines and would consider driving to DTW for a good fare.

DiznEeyore
09-23-2005, 07:59 PM
I say fly, too. It's the 2.5 hours compared to 2 days that does it for me. What about SWA? We've been watching all the airlines and would consider driving to DTW for a good fare.
Unfortunately, Southwest doesn't fly to MCO from DTW non-stop, at least not anytime I've checked (and I checked for this trip, too). :(

Uncleromulus
09-24-2005, 07:09 AM
Drive. You'll then have a car at WDW and won't be hostage to Disney Transportation.

d4est
09-24-2005, 07:34 AM
For me, it's fly, fly, fly. After driving from NY to FL 3 years in a row, I am so happy to be flying! We also have a 19 (+/-) drive. Either of our vehicles only get about 17miles/gallon (highway miles). With gas prices as they are, it would cost a lot more to drive. (We got tix on JetBlue for $566.40 for 3ppl going the 1st of Feb) I don't think we could drive for that.

For you, I guess you have to consider what is more important. Have you done a pros & cons list? Just how bad is that headache? Is there any way to prevent it? Maybe talk to your doctor? Good luck!

erikthewise
09-24-2005, 07:42 AM
All things being equal?! If one could drive from Michigan to Florida in 2.5 hours, and it was just as safe as flying, and if someone were doing the driving for you, then it would be a toss-up.

But as it is, FLY!! (And rent a car when you get there.)

Daddio
09-24-2005, 08:40 AM
We fly out of DTW all the time and book on either Spirit or NWA. The prices are always changing but we usually get seats for around 54 - 79 per segment.

Air Trans starts a DTW-MCO run in November (I think) so that will help to keep the fares low.

I love the drive down the I75, but flying is really the only way to go.

Current flight in October on NWA is $252.00 total return for two of us. Another tip is to fly inbound/outbound on Tues, Wed, Thurs. These days usually offer the best fares.

Footnote: Keep checking lmcarrental.net for econonomy class cars for as low as $12.00 per day/$69.00 per week. They fluctuate alot so you have to keep checking. This rate is usually available 55 - 75 days in advance.

MOmousefan
09-24-2005, 08:52 AM
Allow me to take an opposing view by saying we prefer to drive. It is an 18 hour drive from here in central Missouri. My two adult daughters and I took turns driving through the night and arriving in Orlando mid-morning. Driving to the St. Louis airport, parking, going through security,Etc. would only have saved us several hours not to mention lots of money. I know driving is not for everyone but I love to drive and detest how airlines treat us.
We will not drive at night next time as it is boring and tiring. We left the PoP Century at 7:30 in the morning and were home by Midnight CST. I drove the entire distance, so we will drive during daylight next time.

DiznEeyore
09-24-2005, 01:17 PM
Drive. You'll then have a car at WDW and won't be hostage to Disney Transportation.
I know what you mean about Disney transportation! ;) But we've already reserved a rental car (that *and* the airfare plus gas for the car is equal to our costs to drive) -- we'd never be without one at WDW! :)

Thanks everyone else for the input ... it looks like we'll be flying and I'll be taking my bottle of Excedrin Migraine in my carry-on. ;)

ncbyrne
09-24-2005, 06:19 PM
Drive? NEVER again if I have a choice! FLY - you can leave in the morning and have lunch in WDW! Flying adds 4 more days to your vacation time!

cranbiz
09-25-2005, 10:13 AM
I do both from MA. If all things are equal, I will fly every time.

Things are not alway equal and driving becomes an option frequently.

Is there a was to control your migraines? If you can then FLY, FLY, FLY.

If you are losing a day on each end because of the migraines than driving may be your better option.

DreaminDisney
09-25-2005, 10:27 AM
I'd fly. Even if it meant paying a little extra and flying another airline. You'll have more time at WDW! :cool1:
Plus you won't have that dreaded drive back...

digiMom
09-25-2005, 10:46 AM
We usually drove from WI when I was growing up (had family there so went almost every year). Occasionally we would fly, and the trip would be so much better (the "dreaded drive home" comment gave me some serious flashbacks :) )

My DH and I are planning trip with DD 8 and DS 5 sometime 2006. DH hates flying and wants to drive, and I keep telling him he has no idea what he's saying. Can it be done? Absolutely. I would be willing if it saved us, say, $500. But not for even $$$. Hope this helps...

cyndibelle
09-25-2005, 09:44 PM
fly fly fly....why waste two days of your trip when you can be enjoying those days at disney....get those tickets and get on the plane !!!

inkkognito
09-26-2005, 10:38 AM
Fly, fly, fly! Of course, Chicago has lots of airline choices, so that makes it much easier. We did the drive once and got caught in an ice storm in Atlanta that stretched the 18 hour drive out to 24. That cured me...even though I'm scared to death of driving, I'm more scared of potentially driving on an ice rink.
Barb

JerJan
09-26-2005, 06:03 PM
I don't know where your checking for airlines/airfares but I just did a search on Expedia and I turned up cheap fares on American, NW, United, Continental and US Air. I also understand that Airtran will be starting service there in early November as well. You have plenty of choices......you obviously just DON'T want to fly, so don't. Good luck whatever you decide. And as far as the migraines go...you can get great prescriptions these days.

DiznEeyore
09-26-2005, 07:37 PM
I don't know where your checking for airlines/airfares but I just did a search on Expedia and I turned up cheap fares on American, NW, United, Continental and US Air. I also understand that Airtran will be starting service there in early November as well. You have plenty of choices......you obviously just DON'T want to fly, so don't. Good luck whatever you decide. And as far as the migraines go...you can get great prescriptions these days.
JerJan:
I'm not sure if you're addressing me.... if you are, I'm confused. I already found a cheap fare (that's what I meant by "all things being equal" and stating in my my earlier posts that the cost to fly and rent a car was the same as driving). :) I never said I "just DON'T want to fly" ... in fact, earlier I posted that we were planning to fly. :confused:

And as far as the migraines, thanks for the suggestion, but I take a couple of other meds daily and don't plan to add another prescription if I can help it. :)


To everyone else who's replied, of course now that the weekend is over and we finally nailed down our dates, the price on the airfare has risen over $60pp. So now, unless the prices drop drastically, we're driving! ;)

simzac
09-26-2005, 08:04 PM
I would still fly anyday instead of driving that far. JMO :earsboy:

DiznEeyore
09-26-2005, 08:19 PM
I would still fly anyday instead of driving that far. JMO :earsboy:
Yup, but when $$$ is a factor (and it is), we have to opt for the lesser cost, especially when it ends up being a few hundred dollars. ;)

simzac
09-26-2005, 08:38 PM
Yup, but when $$$ is a factor (and it is), we have to opt for the lesser cost, especially when it ends up being a few hundred dollars. ;)
Have you calculated how much gas you will need for your roundtrip, and also the cost of a hotel each way if you need to stop. I believe that you are from Detroit, certainly not a short trip to WDW. :confused3

DiznEeyore
09-26-2005, 08:42 PM
Have you calculated how much gas you will need for your roundtrip, and also the cost of a hotel each way if you need to stop. I believe that you are from Detroit, certainly not a short trip to WDW.
Of course! :) Otherwise I couldn't have known that it would save a couple hundreds bucks to drive, could I? ;)

Seriously, we've done the drive several times before. It's not my idea of fun, but again, the money's a factor. Even if gas prices make a big jump, it's still going to be cheaper. I hate how airlines seem to change their rates on a whim. Makes me crazy.

simzac
09-26-2005, 08:44 PM
Just curious, what are your travel dates?

simzac
09-26-2005, 08:44 PM
And how many are going? Just trying to help of course.

digiMom
09-28-2005, 09:45 AM
To everyone else who's replied, of course now that the weekend is over and we finally nailed down our dates, the price on the airfare has risen over $60pp. So now, unless the prices drop drastically, we're driving! ;)

I saw that! I looked at NWA out of Milwaukee. Before could get as low as $155 pp; now around $300 pp. Eek! :crazy: