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Old 10-04-2012, 08:45 PM   #1
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Do you prefer getting a earlier flight on the last day of your trip?

Most of the flights on my last day day at Disney are very early flights, with great fares and non stops. The afternoon/evening flights are much more higher priced and have lay over's as well. Not sure what to do, but I was curious. Do most of you prefer a earlier flight on your last day of your trip?
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:14 PM   #2
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Latest non stop. That way more time in Disney. Luckily that is usually about 8 pm, not too late.
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:28 PM   #3
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The morning flights may cost less but you need an extra night in the hotel.

I personally avoid the really early flights (leaving before 10 AM) both going and returning. Don't like to get up so early like 3 AM to get to the airport on time.
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:28 PM   #4
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We usually do the latest non-stop flight available as well. We have to have as much time as possible in WDW!!

That being said... on our last trip, we paid for an extra night (room only) and left at 7:00 AM the next morning and that worked out well too. We did this because of available flights and pricing of said flights.

What it basically boils down to is, if we have tickets and DDP for 6 days, we're leaving as late as possible on the sixth day or as early as possible on the 7th. I actually liked having a full last day, but it is a bit of extra money just for that one night and I'm not quite sure if I find it worthwhile. I'll have to experiment further
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:44 AM   #5
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We try to fly out mid afternoon ....but given the choice between morning or last flight of the day..I'd book morning...we always go back to work the next day and like to have time to get everything organized when we get home
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:08 AM   #6
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Late afternoon/early evening direct flight works best for us. That way we can still have that extra day - our most of it. Last year, I told the kids they could shop all week for their souvenirs but I wasn't purchasing until the last day. We went to MK, did their favorite rides one last time and spent the last hour or so shopping on Main Street.
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:30 AM   #7
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We pick the latest non-stop that gets us home in time to get the kids in bed no later than 11 for school the next day (we usually only fly for short weekend trips and return home Sunday night)! We take every possible minute in the parks that we can get.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:03 AM   #8
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We try to fly out mid afternoon ....but given the choice between morning or last flight of the day..I'd book morning...
This.

But for us, our preference is a result of:

A. We want to have enough time to sleep well before embarking on our travels home, so that everyone is rested in a a good mood (or the best one we can muster under the going-home circumstances). So early morning flights home are avoided if at all possible.

and.....

B. We want to arrive back at the airport early enough to allow us to arrive home before its too late at night. We typically fly from US airports (a 3-4 hour drive from our home in Canada, depending on whether we choose Syracuse or Buffalo) so once our flight lands, our journey is still only half over. If we can arrive at the airport by 4-ish, we can generally be home by 9 pm (taking into account a wait at the border and stopping to eat).
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:27 PM   #9
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This.

But for us, our preference is a result of:

A. We want to have enough time to sleep well before embarking on our travels home, so that everyone is rested in a a good mood (or the best one we can muster under the going-home circumstances). So early morning flights home are avoided if at all possible.

and.....

B. We want to arrive back at the airport early enough to allow us to arrive home before its too late at night. We typically fly from US airports (a 3-4 hour drive from our home in Canada, depending on whether we choose Syracuse or Buffalo) so once our flight lands, our journey is still only half over. If we can arrive at the airport by 4-ish, we can generally be home by 9 pm (taking into account a wait at the border and stopping to eat).
That makes sense. It is just me and my partner, we live less than 30 minutes from the airport and neither of us start work until 10, if we have work the next day. So if we get in at 11, we can be home by midnight and that's fine with us. When my kids were small, different story.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:36 PM   #10
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Last non-stop for me on the way north.
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:25 PM   #11
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We always book the earliest non-stop coming in and the latest non-stop leaving. This way we have more time to spend there.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:07 PM   #12
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We like an early flight because I can never really relax and enjoy myself on the last day - always watching the clock to make sure we don't miss our transportation. I find the last day of any vaca to be depressing so I figure we'll "rip the Band-Aid off" first thing and head home.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:18 PM   #13
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I like a later flight going home so that we can spend most of our last day at the MK, this year I got a 7 p.m. flight, so the ME will pick us up around 4. I booked the airfare back in April for our October trip so was able to get a decent non-stop price on United for the 3 of us. One year DH insisted on an early flight, 7:30 a.m., the ME picked us up at 4:30 a.m. Never, ever will we do that again.
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:05 PM   #14
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It depends if we have work the next day. Normally we fly home on Sundays and shoot for a 3:00-4:00 flight. This trip we are leaving on a Saturday so are flight is at 9:00ish since we are off in Sunday. I wouldn't tusk delays or getting in super late on a work night.
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