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Old 11-20-2012, 03:41 PM   #1
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Stroller: Rent or Bring (Check on Plane)???

What do you folks do?
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:47 PM   #2
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I took my niece last spring and purchased a wonderful umbrella stroller from Amazon to take with us. It was wonderful. It stood out in the sea of strollers (it was black and green and I put a Mickey luggage tag on it). No whining about walking in the airport. We hung things off the handles and in the basket underneath. It was excellent. I know some people prefer stroller rental, but it made my airport experience tons easier.
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:49 PM   #3
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Glad you replied. I never even thought about the airport part of the trip, and not having a stroller if we decided to rent. 1 point for BRING.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:27 PM   #4
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We take a stroller. The munchkin is safe at the airport, easier time walking to rooms, no need to wait on lines and pay rental robbery rates.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:00 PM   #5
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There's also the possibility of a long walk from your car or the bus stop to your room. In the morning it wasn't a big deal for us, but at night it was good to have our own stroller at the hotel.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:05 PM   #6
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I was going to rent from stroller company in Orlando but decided to buy a graco fast action fold similar to the city mini for only $127 from babies r us. Not much more than I would have paid to rent for a week since we will be going twice in the next few months. I won't be crushed if it gets ruined on the plane. I used it for shopping and I love it! Parent and child trays and nice size basket. And I will have something for the airport! If it lasts a few Disney trips it will have paid for itself
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:08 PM   #7
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We bring our stroller and do not check it. They do not count it as part of your luggage. You just have to get a tag for it, wheel it to the door of the plane and pick it up as you walk off the plane.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:14 PM   #8
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We bring our stroller and do not check it. They do not count it as part of your luggage. You just have to get a tag for it, wheel it to the door of the plane and pick it up as you walk off the plane.
Even better. I hope that is the case for all airlines. Anyone know if this is standard?
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:16 PM   #9
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Even better. I hope that is the case for all airlines. Anyone know if this is standard?
Some airlines will make you check your stroller with your luggage, at the ticket counter, and you won't get it back until baggage claim at your final destination. Which is a real pain, especially if you have a baby (btdt, and wrote the angry letter to the airline, lol) American and I believe United now have this policy. I know Southwest still allows gate-checking strollers, not sure about the others. But even if you have to check the stroller, they usually don't charge you for it.

I would definitely bring your own if you have one. No reason to pay for a rental and have to deal with the hassle if you already have one that you are used to using anyway.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:27 PM   #10
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We bring our stroller and do not check it. They do not count it as part of your luggage. You just have to get a tag for it, wheel it to the door of the plane and pick it up as you walk off the plane.
This is what we did when we flew JetBlue in Oct.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:37 PM   #11
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Every airline I've flown (at least United, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, Airtran) since my daughter was born has gate checked strollers for free.

Buy an inexpensive gate-check bag for your stroller or if there is a bag that is made for your stroller, get it. That way it will stay clean. And gate-check is typically gentler handling than checking with your luggage.
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:25 PM   #12
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[QUOTE

Buy an inexpensive gate-check bag for your stroller or if there is a bag that is made for your stroller, get it. That way it will stay clean. And gate-check is typically gentler handling than checking with your luggage.[/QUOTE]

Good idea! I will look into this.
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:32 PM   #13
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Done both, but we prefer to rent offsite. Our youngest is 4 now, but when she was an infant we took her stroller. We never had a problem with the airlines. Kingdom Strollers offers great strollers with accessories at great prices.
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:58 PM   #14
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Definitely bring our own. I don't want the added expense of renting something I already own and it is a HUGE help in the airport. We always gate check our stroller. The only thing with that is if you have a connecting flight, sometimes it can take awhile for them to get the stroller off the plane. We've cut it close a few times making it to our next flight.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:08 AM   #15
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We gate checked a stroller once and will never, EVER do it again. It was a nearly $300 Maclaren and it was torn up beyond use. The frame completely bent, the canopy ripped straight down the middle, and the wheel dented so that it wouldn't roll... Delta so wonderfully comped us $50.... Yeah... NEVER again..... We are renting this year - $95 for 11 days, double City Mini (same as we have at home), parent console, cooler, and insurance.
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