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Old 11-29-2009, 12:01 PM   #46
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Booked SWA out of Manchester,NH for
March 10 departure 6:10 pm arrival MCO 9:40 pm
March 19 departure 8:25 am arrival MHT 11:20 am

5 adults posted fares of $104 each way pp. TOTAL $1146.00 USD

With the generous cancellation options (1 yr. credit), no extra bag fees, small airport, direct flights we really like SWA. Would entertain Portland but don't like the rebooking options for Jet Blue as much as SWA. Don't like to stop in JFK, ever.

The plan is to try and get a DING fare for some extra savings (applied to another trip) or to get a later flight out on last day. 6pm flight was just too much more to book right away. Or book March 11th am flight and stay overnight in NH. Again, too much to book right away.

I'm happy with this as it stands though, we will drive directly to MHT from Halifax and pay for the parking at the airport ($10/day approx.). Likely drive straight home after landing on return trip, depending on the weather.

Gets us home for the weekend before school starts again.
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Old 11-29-2009, 04:25 PM   #47
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That Southwest deal looks great ... and that's a time frame i'm looking for!

Here's an option I've also been looking at ...
YHZ to TPA (Tampa Bay) and then rent a car?

Example: Dec 2 to Dec 9
2 Adults (age 18 to 64) 506.00 CAD
2 Child 506.00 CAD
Additional Taxes/Fees 392.56 CAD
Total Price 1,404.56 CAD

The rates aren't available yet for March ...
Still not convinced that Renting a car is a good idea!
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Old 11-30-2009, 06:32 AM   #48
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Transat, Feb 20-27
$480 per person

Depart Halifax 7:05am
Arrive Orlando 9:45am

Depart Orlando 11:05am
Arrive Halifax 3:35pm

I'm a sucker for the Transat flights. No frills and cramped, but the direct flight is awesome.

ETA: Either I've missed these until today, or Transat is starting to lower prices. I just noticed Mar 18-25 for $470 per person.
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Old 11-30-2009, 07:27 AM   #49
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March 20-27, direct from Halifax to Orlando, $540.
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:43 AM   #50
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Another Transat

Flight 374Transat
Thu, Mar 18 7:30am - Halifax, NS, Canada (YHZ) 10:10am - Orlando, Florida, USA (MCO) 0
Baggage Information

Return Flight From To Stops
Air Transat LogoFlight 375Transat Thu, Mar 25 11:30am - Orlando, Florida, USA (MCO) 4:00pm - Halifax, NS, Canada (YHZ) 0
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Booking Items Base Taxes & Fees Subtotal
First Adult (Edit) 239.00 230.24 469.24
Second Adult (Edit) 239.00 230.24 469.24
First (Child)(Edit) 219.00 229.24 448.24
Second (Child)(Edit) 219.00 229.24 448.24
Total Cost CAD $1834.96

I have flown Transat and have no issue with doing it again!

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Old 11-30-2009, 09:28 AM   #51
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Great Thread Ted!

Forgot to mention that our flights are nonstop.

I decided to rebook our departure SWA flights to 1:25 pm instead of 6 pm. Hubby says he would rather just leave at midnight instead of 5 am. Will want to get on the road and just get things underway. Kids in jammies, DVD going, everybody all tucked in and not as many food stops on the way to NH. Flights actually were a little cheaper ($102pp).

This gets us into MCO at 5pm and not 10pm(no baggage pickup by ME). Have supper at Disney and an evening swim.

With 5 of us, it's still hard to find flights out of Halifax that sway me away from ME or NH.
But with some of the deals posted I'm starting to have faith that some day I will fly from the airport that is just 15mins from my house!
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Old 11-30-2009, 09:54 AM   #52
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I have flown Transat and have no issue with doing it again!

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Agreed.

We've flown 3 times, YYZ to MCO, with Transat (Canjet). I'm not looking for a luxury flight. Just get me there as fast as you can; a direct non-stop flight is excellent in my books.

Freinds of ours are going Mar 20-27. They booked their flights with Transat about 6-8 weeks ago. They paid around $960 per person. I told her this morning of the new prices...... she's not happy!

ETA: Oops, our friend's flight dates are Mar 13-20, a week earlier. Which is March Break, I had that date wrong too. I guess it was just too early for me to be thinking about this stuff.
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:11 AM   #53
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2 Adult 2 Child
Base Price: 259.00 259.00
Taxes & Fees: 106.30 106.30
Total per person:
# of Travelers: 2 2
Sub Total: USD
Old Price: $1,461.20
Instant Discount Promotion: $-20.00
Handling Fees:
Total Charge: $1,441.20 USD

Continental Airlines
Flight 2893 ERJ
Halifax (YHZ)
Newark Liberty (EWR) 12:35pm -08Dec, Tue
02:00pm -08Dec, Tue Nonstop
Coach 2hr 25min

Continental Airlines
Flight 492 757
Newark Liberty (EWR)
Orlando (MCO) 03:00pm -08Dec, Tue
05:52pm -08Dec, Tue Nonstop
Coach 2hr 52min
Flight Duration : 5hr 17min Layover Time : 1hr 0min Total Trip Time: 6hr 17min

United Airlines
Flight 233 320
Orlando (MCO)
Chicago OHare (ORD) 03:22pm -15Dec, Tue
05:16pm -15Dec, Tue Nonstop
Coach
2hr 54min

United Airlines
Flight 7626 E70
Chicago OHare (ORD)
Halifax (YHZ) 05:55pm -15Dec, Tue
10:54pm -15Dec, Tue Nonstop
Coach 2hr 59min
Flight Duration : 5hr 53min Layover Time : 0hr 39min Total Trip Time: 6hr 32min

Less than $400 cdn with taxes in.. from CheapOair ...
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Old 12-01-2009, 02:05 PM   #54
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If I could fly out of Halifax for $400-ish tax in I would likely do that.

It's an 11hr drive to Manchester, NH from here and likely to add 3 vacation days or so.

Flying out of Bangor would be okay but if I'm only going to save $4-500 and fly from here I will likely do that. Will be watching flights on a go forward and really need the Buy 4 Get 3 deal to get extended at Disney.

Time will tell....
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Old 12-01-2009, 02:29 PM   #55
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love those rates out of New England but my DH refuses to drive that far to start vacation (and we have family in Northern NB we could stay with to make for a bit more manageable drive, but oh well). He also is afraid of weather conditions travelling in the winter.

Those transat flights are great too but unfortunately they don't start early enough for us since we're going in early February.

So I guess in the end I am happy with my $444 tax in per person out of Halifax with AC. Only wish I was direct going though instead of through Montreal. I could have gotten direct the next day but it only left mid-afternoon and arrived at MCO in the evening. I am greedy and want as much time at WDW as I can get so I opted for the earlier day flight the day before.

In the end under $1800 for 4 of us Halifax to Orlando (through Montreal going and direct returning).

I can't wait!!! Only 63 more days!!!
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love those rates out of New England but my DH refuses to drive that far to start vacation (and we have family in Northern NB we could stay with to make for a bit more manageable drive, but oh well). He also is afraid of weather conditions travelling in the winter.

Those transat flights are great too but unfortunately they don't start early enough for us since we're going in early February.

So I guess in the end I am happy with my $444 tax in per person out of Halifax with AC. Only wish I was direct going though instead of through Montreal. I could have gotten direct the next day but it only left mid-afternoon and arrived at MCO in the evening. I am greedy and want as much time at WDW as I can get so I opted for the earlier day flight the day before.

In the end under $1800 for 4 of us Halifax to Orlando (through Montreal going and direct returning).

I can't wait!!! Only 63 more days!!!
That's an exceptional deal with AC. I don't think I've seen those prices with them before. Good find.
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Having driven to Maine to fly I understand peoples concern ... Not sure If my Wife and Kids would put up with such a drive in March .... so as your favourite YHZ to MCO fare hunter I will post the following!

Okay .. I’m on to my new strategy … looking at one way fares …

ONEWAY FROM YHZ TO MCO
2 Adults (age 18 to 64) 373.00 CAD
2 Child 373.00 CAD
Additional Taxes/Fees
268.48 CAD
Total Price 1,014.48 CAD

Flight Details:
Depart:
3:40 p.m.
Wed., 3 Mar., 2010
Halifax, NS Canada (YHZ) Arrive:
5:05 p.m.
Wed., 3 Mar., 2010
New York/Newark, NJ (EWR - Liberty)

Depart:
6:20 p.m.
Wed., 3 Mar., 2010
New York/Newark, NJ (EWR - Liberty)


Plus return
Arrive:
9:13 p.m.
Wed., 3 Mar., 2010
Orlando, FL (MCO)
2 Adults (age 18 to 64) 354.00 CAD
2 Child 354.00 CAD
Additional Taxes/Fees
109.20 CAD
Total Price 817.20 CAD

ONE WAY FROM MCO TO YHZ
Flight Details:
Depart:
6:55 a.m.
Wed., 17 Mar., 2010
Orlando, FL (MCO) Arrive:
9:24 a.m.
Wed., 17 Mar., 2010
New York/Newark, NJ (EWR - Liberty)

Depart:
12:00 p.m.
Wed., 17 Mar., 2010
New York/Newark, NJ (EWR - Liberty) Arrive:
2:52 p.m.
Wed., 17 Mar., 2010
Halifax, NS Canada (YHZ)


Works out to just under $460 per person taxes in ...
Not bad for two weeks .... this far in advance! If Booked together, this is almost 100 more expensive ..
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Great thread

Booking our trip soon and great info here! We are still deciding if we should book with WDW direct or go thru TA. TA advised that flights are cheaper if you book a package instead of booking resort and flights separately. Any advise?

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My advice.

Work out what the flights/accommodations/etc would cost for you to book through WDW ... then with that in your hand, talk to a travel agent.

I have migrated from using a TA to doing my own booking, but I enjoy the hunt of finding a deal.

If your TA can get a deal that works better than what you can do on your own, then grab it. Some people would rather have the TA do the leg work and simply do the vacation ... that's an intangible that matters to many. For me ... it's the bottom line that matters.

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It may be worthwhile to note that all the continental fares have skyrocketed ....
For example .. March 10 to 24th has risen to 1,248 CDN per person! I do think this is temporary .. post xmas will be important to watch.
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