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Old 01-17-2013, 11:55 AM   #421
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Looks like I found the right place to ask questions. We are a family of five from Halifax and are considering flying Portland Maine to Orlando to save $$. Are there any issues at all with Canadians flying out of Portland?? The drive doesn't bother me at all as we do that at least one or two times a year.

Also, jetblue flights right now are approx 256 per person taxes Inc. So about 1300 for5 of us. Is that good or should I wait? This is May 4th cominghome May13 as it is much cheaper than Sunday. Curious if I should wait.

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$256 with taxes in, for JetBlue is good, since it does not have bag fees. This equates to $206 with United. Portland is a great airport ... and it is common for Canadian's to fly out of there. At the Border, they will not bat an eye over a Canadian flying out of PWM, because it is so common. Jetblue has free snacks and some drinks, so the kids will have some "blue chips" or something on the flight. I like JetBlue.

Also, let us know if you need some advice on a park and fly.
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:29 PM   #422
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$256 with taxes in, for JetBlue is good, since it does not have bag fees. This equates to $206 with United. Portland is a great airport ... and it is common for Canadian's to fly out of there. At the Border, they will not bat an eye over a Canadian flying out of PWM, because it is so common. Jetblue has free snacks and some drinks, so the kids will have some "blue chips" or something on the flight. I like JetBlue.

Also, let us know if you need some advice on a park and fly.
Thanks so much for the information!!! After reading through some posts I considered sunwing from hfx. I found it for 2250 for 5 of us. That being said, all the reviews I read were terrible!!!! I don't care about champagne or food but service and safety are important to me. LOL. Any thoughts???
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:50 PM   #423
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I guess it all depends on how important the difference in money is ... the drive to Portland in May is easy ... no snow. The question is ... how do your kids handle the drive? By the time you adjust for gas, food and hotel you save $500 or so. For me ... you don't find $500 on the sidewalk, so I'd be tempted.
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:58 PM   #424
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This might be nuts but ... providence is 3.5 hours further ...

Saturday, May 4 Providence (PVD) to Orlando (MCO)
4:59 pm 2h 7:06 pm US Airways 1865 Providence to Charlotte
Economy – Airbus A319 54m layover in Charlotte (CLT)
8:00 pm 2h 9:31 pm US Airways 1719 Charlotte to Orlando
Economy – Boeing 757

Other return flights Tuesday, May 14 Orlando (MCO) to Providence (PVD)
5:15 am 2h 6:54 am US Airways 1842 Orlando to Charlotte
Economy – Boeing 737 3h 01m layover in Charlotte (CLT)
9:55 am 2h 11:55 am US Airways 1588 Charlotte to Providence
Economy – Boeing 737

OK this is under $800 total for 5 tickets ... but it involves more driving.
I don't recommend it ... if your family, like mine, suffers from Kid Meltdown or parent Meltdown. Take a good look at the departure times of the Portland Flight and if they work out for the kids .... Id grab them.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:38 PM   #425
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Thanks so much for the information!!! After reading through some posts I considered sunwing from hfx. I found it for 2250 for 5 of us. That being said, all the reviews I read were terrible!!!! I don't care about champagne or food but service and safety are important to me. LOL. Any thoughts???
We used Sunwing to Dominican Republic and I would fly with them again. We never had any issues.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:43 AM   #426
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if your family, like mine, suffers from Kid Meltdown or parent Meltdown. Take a good look at the departure times of the Portland Flight and if they work out for the kids .... Id grab them. [/B]
It's as if you KNOW my family!!! He's touching me......she's breathing.....they're looking at me....

We're in the car together all the time from rink to rink. We drive a lot!! We go to Old Orchard Beach every summer and I gotta tell you, it doesn't get easier!!! They get on each others nerves in the car!!

I know we can do Portland - anything further (BOS) and it wouldn't be fun....
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:07 AM   #427
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We are flying down Feb 10-21 out of Portland, Me (from Saint John, NB).

Our flights were $220 round trip each taxes included through Jet Blue
Total of $440 for both of us!
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$256 with taxes in, for JetBlue is good, since it does not have bag fees. This equates to $206 with United. Portland is a great airport ... and it is common for Canadian's to fly out of there. At the Border, they will not bat an eye over a Canadian flying out of PWM, because it is so common. Jetblue has free snacks and some drinks, so the kids will have some "blue chips" or something on the flight. I like JetBlue.

Also, let us know if you need some advice on a park and fly.
You guys got me all thinking of flying out of Portland now.lol I live in Halifax and plan on going down mid December.There is 5 of us.Any ideas on a cheap place to stay the night and park and ride?
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I always stay at the Howard Johnson Plaza hotel on a park n fly. Sometimes the Hampton inn or doubletree have decent rates too.
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havent checked today but continental was 507 pp from hali to newark to orl. depends on who checks you in in regards to bag fees. supposed to be 15 for first and 25 for each additional.
Thanks for the info
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allegiant out of bangor

Hi, My daughter now lives in Saint John, nb and I would like to book them flights for our April disney trip. Anyone have any opinions on Allegiant air out of Bangor. They have direct flights for a pretty good price. I know they fly into sanford but that is not a deal breaker. TTIA
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Hi, My daughter now lives in Saint John, nb and I would like to book them flights for our April disney trip. Anyone have any opinions on Allegiant air out of Bangor. They have direct flights for a pretty good price. I know they fly into sanford but that is not a deal breaker. TTIA
We have friends that have used allegiant air over Christmas from Bangor to Orlando and they were happy with the flight
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We officially announced this week that the Give Kids The World DIS Meet is a go for another year. Last year we surprised everyone by raising almost $5500, btw it costs $5000 to send a family for a week. We have a bigger venue and prizes are rolling in already, including a Kobo.
We are holding our event on Sunday August 11, but will have a full weekend of fun, and as heard on this weeks podcast, the Orlando team is doing a "field trip" to Nova Scotia. Last year we sold out and have tickets sold already for this year........don't miss out. Take advantage of one of the few opportunites for us Canadians to meet each other and the podcast team!!!
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I see some flights from Halifax to MCO at various times through the next few months for $434 taxes in. see usairways.com.
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Just wanted to raise Manchester NH as an option again for folks willing to drive to save money. We've flown Southwest and I think Delta out of MHT. It's a great little airport, and I love Southwest. The fares aren't as good as they used to be, but still... It's closer than Boston and you don't need to deal with the big city traffic of BOS. We've done it in the summer as well as Nov/Dec/Feb, and only once had weather bad enough that it was a concern.

My kids are2.5 years apart, so it can get bad but maybe it's worse when they're even closer in age! They first did that drive at 3 and 5, last did it at 8 and 11. (This year we have enough airmiles so flying from YHZ, weird for us!) We bought a dvd player for the van for just that reason, and we only once did it in one day, we usually spend the night with family in NB. And we stop a lot. We need to have a flexible amount of time, because for us it adds 3 or 4 days to the trip. But my dh LOVES a road trip, loves to drive, so I get to spend that time "mediating". :-D
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