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Old 06-01-2009, 04:23 PM   #1
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June 1, 2009 - Southwest up and running as participating for RAC at Pop Century

The luggage guys at Pop Century wanted to make sure we knew the RAC service started today for Southwest.

I checked my bags through RAC this morning and got the SWA boarding pass, which the TSA guy stared at a long time, guess he never saw one with Mickey's face on it before. Let's hope it's working because I would like to see my luggage in Baltimore (am at MCO now.) Even the DME bus driver didn't know about it.
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Old 06-01-2009, 04:34 PM   #2
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Thanks for that info

Did you do a check-in (@24hr mark) or just let them do it for you . What BP# did you get.

Weather here in B-more is great shouldn't have any delays lol.

It's been reported that POP is the Test for this before it goes WDW wide.
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Old 06-01-2009, 04:37 PM   #3
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I did the check-in myself yesterday.

My number is A 58 but I forgot to check in until 45 minutes after the flight time.
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Old 06-01-2009, 04:39 PM   #4
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That's great that was my only concern . it is nice that they can do the reprint for you .

Thanks again for the updates maybe in 2 weeks (well 3+ when we head back home) we will be able to use it if other resorts start picking it up lol
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Old 06-01-2009, 05:02 PM   #5
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Can you use RAC if you are not riding ME back to the airport? I am staying at Pop 6/17-6/24.

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The luggage guys at Pop Century wanted to make sure we knew the RAC service started today for Southwest.

I checked my bags through RAC this morning and got the SWA boarding pass, which the TSA guy stared at a long time, guess he never saw one with Mickey's face on it before. Let's hope it's working because I would like to see my luggage in Baltimore (am at MCO now.) Even the DME bus driver didn't know about it.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:04 PM   #6
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Can you use RAC if you are not riding ME back to the airport? I am staying at Pop 6/17-6/24.

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I believe they are two separate things. Check the "Sticky" at top of forum....Disney's Magical Express.. What "Participating Airline" really means. Very clear explanation of RAC vs Magical Express there.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:17 PM   #7
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I can only hope it is running from SSR on 7/3. It would certainly make life easier travelling with our kids, their spouses and our 2 grandsons (2yrs and 8 months).
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Oh this would be great for us if the AKV participate soon as well.
Going on 6/13-6/20 with 4 adults and 1 toddler. It would be nice not have to lug all that luggage back to MCO
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Old 06-01-2009, 09:23 PM   #9
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Wow...Are all the resorts expected to participate? Is this a trial or can I expect this to be in place for our August trip?

Is this a surprise? I read a thread about this last week....Debating when SW would finally come on board??
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It has been a debate for years (or probably since RAC was at WDW ). Yes you can use RAC without using DME, they are 2 100% separate things. I would expect that once they make sure everything is working like it's supposed to, that SW will be a full participating carrier. Of course I have no insider info, just my own thoughts. Of course they could decide it's not for them and drop it, or they could pick to only do it with values or something like that. Who knows how long the 'trial' will last or when we'll find out more specifics. Only time will tell
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Old 06-02-2009, 09:17 AM   #11
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the luggage got back to BWI fine - in fact it was the first off the plane.

Word is that RAC for SWA is operating right now at Pop Century only and if all goes well will be expanded to other resorts.

The only thing I do not know is if it would be better to have RAC check you in for your flight. I don't know if they'll do the check-in at the 24 hour mark or not. I might continue to do it myself with my phone and just have them give me the boarding pass.

Yes you can use RAC if you are not riding the DME bus. They are separate services.
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That's great! I hope it's open to more resorts soon. We'll be at the BW in August and it would be wonderful if it was operational then.
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I would love for them to extend this to DCL. Their current onboard check in is awesome but we switch to Airtran to fly home just so we can use this service. I'd love to have SWA participate!!
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Old 06-03-2009, 06:42 AM   #14
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I was so happy to see this information in my allearsnet newletter I love this service, but also love Southwest - now I can have both!
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:09 AM   #15
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I'm excited about this!

If we check in via computer 24 hours in advance and get our boarding passes printed then, could we still use the RAC service for luggage??
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