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Old 04-20-2007, 09:15 PM   #1
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Does Airtran have assigned seats?

We have never flown Airtran, and I was wondering... do they pre-assign seats on their flights? Also, if you have flown with Airtran in the past, were you pleased with them? Thanks for your help!
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Old 04-20-2007, 09:20 PM   #2
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they did when I went on 05
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Old 04-20-2007, 09:24 PM   #3
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they did when I went on 05
Were you pleased with their service?
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We always fly Airtran, I really like them. There are assigned seats, you can log on to their website 24 hrs before your flight to pick them and print your boarding pass. I like that the seats are 2 and 3, it's only DH & I so we sit together. Our flights have been on time except once for weather.
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Old 04-21-2007, 03:25 AM   #5
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I only flew AirTran once, way back in 2002, but I enjoyed the experience. The planes were in good shape (one of them was brand new) and the flight crews were both excellent. The price was also great, within $2 of SWA, who always has the cheapest fares from BWI-MCO.

Over the last 6 years, AirTran has also replaced every plane in their fleet with brand-new planes, right off the factory floor, so when you fly AirTran you will never be on a plane that's more than 6 years old.

I'd fly AirTran again without hesitation, except that SWA does not charge a fee if you want to change your flight, and I will often change my itinerary once or twice before a trip (adding a day or changing flight times or rebooking to get a cheaper fare), so I usually go with SWA.
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I've flown AirTran a few times and my only complaint was they tend to change flight schedules last minute.
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Old 04-21-2007, 08:49 AM   #7
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Forgot to mention that they have XM radio now on all their flights.
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Old 04-21-2007, 12:35 PM   #8
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We flew Airtran 2 years ago and had a great experience. I think they did change the time of one of the flights, by 30 minutes, so check that!

They have different levels of picking your seats, depending on what you paid. Some levels you can pick your seat at time of booking, other levels can check in 24 hours before the flight to pick the seats.

We are flying with them again next weekend, so I hope all goes well!!!!

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Thank you everyone for your input. mepperson, let me know how your flight goes next weekend. Have a great time!
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Old 04-21-2007, 03:26 PM   #10
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One more question, Is Airtran one of Disney's "Magic Express" airlines?
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One more question, Is Airtran one of Disney's "Magic Express" airlines?
All airlines are part of DME. What you are thinking of I suspect is the Resort Airline check-in (RAC). Based on evrything I have read beginning May 5 you will be able to use to RAC for Airtran flights. This is the first time that I am flying with them too so I am also a little concerned. We have paper tickets so I am hoping that they actually do have assigned seats.
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Ok, so is "RAC" when they bring your luggage right from the plane to your hotel room? I'm sorry for all the questions. I appreciate your help!
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On your flight to Orlando, if you take DME, Disney will take your checked bags from the Orlando airport to your room. Just put your DME tags on your bag when you check your bags at your home airport, and you won't need to handle them again until they are in your room.

In order to avoid checking your bags at the airport on your return flight, your airline must be part of RAC. As stated above, AirTran is reported to start providing RAC beginning May 5. That means you can check your bags at participating Disney resorts before you board DME for the ride back to Orlando airport. You will not need to check your bags at the Orlando airport and you should be able to pick up your bags at your home airport.

We usually fly SWA out of Providence but we just booked AirTran for our first flight with them for Christmas week 07. The Airtran flight times were great, we didn't want to wait until August until the SWA flights will likely be released and the prices were less than what we paid last February on SWA. We paid the extra $20 per ticket to reserve our seats when we booked them (we expect the flights to be busy on Christmas week) but each round-trip ticket was still $100 less than we paid SWA for similar non-stop flights last February.
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Thanks bob bldr and everyone else!
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Old 04-22-2007, 07:48 AM   #15
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You can do advance seating at time of purchase on any fare paid if you book with a travel agent. Online, you can book your seats depending on the price of your ticket. Cheaper fares are eligible for seat assignments 24 hours prior to flight.
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