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Old 02-21-2013, 05:09 PM   #31
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I've done spirit a couple of times, but their fees can really add up and make it not worthwhile. In my opinion, unless you get a seriously low fee on spirit, avoid it. I've done it three times, Chicago to Fort Lauderdale for a 3-day disney cruise (got five of us for a grand total of $325 round trip) and put all of our stuff in two carry ons, which they ultimately let us check for free. Did Chicago to Atlantic City for two for less than $100 RT total and did one carry-on bag. Did Chicago to Dallas for about $60 per person RT and again, shoved everything into one or two carry-on bags. If you have to check bags, it's not worth it. Plus you have to join the $9 fare club to get discounts on the checked/carry on bags. The fees really do add up.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:47 PM   #32
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I've done spirit a couple of times, but their fees can really add up and make it not worthwhile. In my opinion, unless you get a seriously low fee on spirit, avoid it. I've done it three times, Chicago to Fort Lauderdale for a 3-day disney cruise (got five of us for a grand total of $325 round trip) and put all of our stuff in two carry ons, which they ultimately let us check for free. Did Chicago to Atlantic City for two for less than $100 RT total and did one carry-on bag. Did Chicago to Dallas for about $60 per person RT and again, shoved everything into one or two carry-on bags. If you have to check bags, it's not worth it. Plus you have to join the $9 fare club to get discounts on the checked/carry on bags. The fees really do add up.
Wow. Just my opinion but air travel shouldn't be that complicated.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:20 PM   #33
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Texas has 2 airports

Just FYI. Houston has 2 airports. There is IAH(Bush Intercontinental) the larger of the airports and there is Hobby. Hobby is smaller and has Southwest that flies there. You might be able to compare the prices by looking at both airports. Airfare is expensive to and from TX now to most places but I dont know why. I am from Texas hope this helps.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:29 PM   #34
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Just FYI. Houston has 2 airports. There is IAH(Bush Intercontinental) the larger of the airports and there is Hobby. Hobby is smaller and has Southwest that flies there. You might be able to compare the prices by looking at both airports. Airfare is expensive to and from TX now to most places but I dont know why. I am from Texas hope this helps.
I would like to fly Southwest but there's no DCL transport from Houston Hobby Airport, right? I think someone mentioned that? I'm
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:48 PM   #35
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I'm going to check DCL's website. I'm thinking there's transportation from both. If so that helps.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:48 PM   #36
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I'm going to check DCL's website. I'm thinking there's transportation from both. If so that helps.
I heard on here that they are discontinuing transfers from HOU (Hobby) after May. You might want to call and ask. Right now they still have it. I have it scheduled for our April cruise. HTH
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:53 PM   #37
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I heard on here that they are discontinuing transfers from HOU (Hobby) after May. You might want to call and ask. Right now they still have it. I have it scheduled for our April cruise. HTH
Oh ok. I'll definitely have to call then.
Galveston seems so complicated!
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:17 PM   #38
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Galveston seems so complicated!
Sadly so.

If you are flying home from Houston Hobby (HOU), I would book a mid-afternoon flight.

The security lines at HOU can be long and slow. We barely made a 2:30pm flight with just carry-ons. Others who had to check luggage did not make it in time for the flight.

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Sadly so.

If you are flying home from Houston Hobby (HOU), I would book a mid-afternoon flight.

The security lines at HOU can be long and slow. We barely made a 2:30pm flight with just carry-ons. Others who had to check luggage did not make it in time for the flight.

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Wow, thanks for posting this. I have a late 7pm return flight so I have plenty of time, but it's good to know that I probably need to give a little extra time for security. Flying out of Reno I only go about an hour early and am past security and to the gate in no time.
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:49 PM   #40
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I think higher air prices are going to be the new norm. I remember years ago when an airline would start a fare war and every airline would have to discount their tickets to compete.
Now the competition is gone because all the airlines have merged into just a few.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:30 PM   #41
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Sadly so.

If you are flying home from Houston Hobby (HOU), I would book a mid-afternoon flight.

The security lines at HOU can be long and slow. We barely made a 2:30pm flight with just carry-ons. Others who had to check luggage did not make it in time for the flight.

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Oh NO. This might go badly then. I have a 12:15 flight. (It was later but Delta changed it a few weeks ago.) I also have DCL transfers and 4 kids to get though security with luggage. I am very worried we are not going to make that flight now.
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Oh NO. This might go badly then. I have a 12:15 flight. (It was later but Delta changed it a few weeks ago.) I also have DCL transfers and 4 kids to get though security with luggage. I am very worried we are not going to make that flight now.
On average its about 1 1/2 hours from Galveston to IAH. Its easier on a Saturday than a Friday. I45 is almost always under construction somewhere, and wrecks can and will happen at any time, causing a backup. If you are one of the first families off the ship you should be fine. If you are like me, and want to be the last one off the ship, you may run into problems.
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On average its about 1 1/2 hours from Galveston to IAH. Its easier on a Saturday than a Friday. I45 is almost always under construction somewhere, and wrecks can and will happen at any time, causing a backup. If you are one of the first families off the ship you should be fine. If you are like me, and want to be the last one off the ship, you may run into problems.
Thanks. We are flying out of Hobby, so that is a little closer, right? I think we will try to be the first off and hope for the best. I would hate to miss our flights.
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Thanks. We are flying out of Hobby, so that is a little closer, right? I think we will try to be the first off and hope for the best. I would hate to miss our flights.
Hobby Airport is about 35-45 minutes away from Galveston I would say. I find it to be the easiest airport to travel in and out of (I'd much rather fly out of HOU than IAH for sure) but that's just my personal opinion. What day does the ship get in? Traffic on 45 is super heavy in the early morning during rush hour M-F but it gets better after 9 (assuming no accidents). Weekends should be fine.
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I think higher air prices are going to be the new norm. I remember years ago when an airline would start a fare war and every airline would have to discount their tickets to compete.
Now the competition is gone because all the airlines have merged into just a few.
Truth. JetBlue moved out their low-price flights from Pittsburgh to NYC, and in return US Airways increased to cost almost 100%
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