Maritimes + New England best fares to Orlando (Post em)

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  1. hockeymom3

    hockeymom3 Mouseketeer

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    Okay previous Southwest flyers I have a question for you. I don't fly a lot (4 yrs ago was last time) and the last time I did I flew AirTransat and they sent me by mail a paper copy of our itinerary and receipt. Should I be expecting anything from Southwest in the mail? Or do I just Print off my internet confirmation copy of what I did online and then get a boarding pass when I arrive???
     
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  3. coastgirl

    coastgirl DIS Veteran

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    Nope, don't expect anything by mail. Print it off yourself, make sure you have the reservation number, and have ID handy to prove you're the ones named on the tickets. Keep an eye on the website to make sure they don't change flight times on you--but South west isn't as bad at this as, say, Air Canada. Also, do you know about the 24 hr check in SW does? You need the ressie # for that. If you are on the road when the 24 hr checkin time rolls around, be sure you have a way to check in on a mobile device at that 24 hr mark. Once we were in the cell hell of the Cobequid Pass (couldn't get a signal) at the 24 hr mark. We got through soon enough to get a decent boarding number, but it was a tense little while...

    Sounds complicated, but as long as you know what to do when, it's pretty straightforward, and I actually really like the way SW does it now that I understand it.
     
  4. 3monkeymomma

    3monkeymomma Earning My Ears

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    I'm about 15 minutes away, in Timberlea. I'd love to hear about your experience driving. We're thinking about doing this for our trip next year.
     
  5. hockeymomNS

    hockeymomNS Has an in with immigration

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    I am interested in the driving as well.

    Also, you guys are too close not to attend the DIS Meet and Give Kids the World fundraiser in Middle Sackville. Last year we raised $5500 and Teresa and Kathy from the Dis were here. A couple of weeks ago, Pete said that the podcast team is gonna do a field trip up here. Also, Alexandra's Pizza on HP Road was a big supporter last year.

    Let me know if you need any more info.
     
  6. 3monkeymomma

    3monkeymomma Earning My Ears

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    I would love some more info on the event.
     
  7. hockeymomNS

    hockeymomNS Has an in with immigration

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    Hi There....we are planning our 2nd GKTW Dis Meet for this August. Last year we raised over $5500 for Give Kids the World. If you listen to the podcast, the DIS has committed to raising a million dollars for this incredible charity.

    This years event is similar to last year, an afternoon of food, music, prizes and Disney. Last year Teresa and Kathy from the DIS Unplugged joined us as well as DISers from Connecticut, PEI and New Brunswick. We sold out, so have rented a bigger venue for this year. We will start with an hour to view our penny auction and silent auction prizes, not to mention socialize. The second hour is a local group (my husband and his buddy), who will play Nova Scotia kitchen party style, including the song that they wrote last year called "Give Kids The World". GKTW has copies of the song and we have been told that it will likely appear in the next PSA/video. The third hour will be the awarding and drawing of prizes. As well, last year we had almost 50 door prizes that we randomly drew for. Admission is $10.00 each for age 10 and older (like Disney). That includes 5 penny auction ballots. Our "Kids Korner" was also a huge hit with loads of freebies and activities for the kids.

    Hopefully you can join us and believe it or not, we have sold a few tickets (12) already. The main event is Sunday, but there will be activities all weekend.
    Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
    Here is a link to the review that Teresa and Kathy gave after last years event

    http://ec.libsyn.com/p/3/5/e/35e04fd...0&c_id=4861065
     
  8. coastgirl

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    Did you say Aug 11? We leave on our trip Aug 10! :sad1: Too bad, it would be fun to meet fellow Dis'ers, and help a good cause of course.

    Hockeymom, I'm sure there used to be someone else on the board from Timberlea... :scratchin Amazing to find 3 neighbours here!

    I will dig out my notes re driving. As I said, we've driven to Manchester NH and flown from there a number of times. It's about 1000 km each way. The only real decision is "airline" (rte 9) or I95. We generally chose I95, but in the summer when the weather's fine, the airline is better than it used to be. Did it in a storm one February, though, and it was white-knuckle all the way.
    There are good choices for long-term parking at hotels in Manchester. It adds time to either end of the trip, but it sure can save money.
     
  9. bfamily5

    bfamily5 Yes, I need another guide book...it's part of the

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    Wow!!! GKTW meet sounds great! Which weekend and where in NS? We may drive down from NB and get our Disney fix:thumbsup2
     
  10. hockeymomNS

    hockeymomNS Has an in with immigration

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    Read a couple of post up.
    It is the weekend of Aug. 10 & 11. The main event is Aug. 11 and we are told the Florida podcast team is coming. Teresa and Kathy came last year. It was soooo cool to meet fellow Disers..... a bit of a back story.....when I decided to try a fundraiser, I put feelers out a year ago January. The first two gals who replied not only helped plan and execute the event, but have become dear friends and boy it is sooo cool to have fellow Disney freaks so close.

    I will quote one of the girls who came over from PEI with her sister and her sister's family
    "My sister sat there for the first 10 minutes with her mouth open and kept saying that it was a room full of Tina's", meaning Tina is a Disney freak and there were lots of us there!!!
    Let me know if you guys want any more info.

    BTW Rout 9/airline is a great ride during the summer.
     
  11. 3monkeymomma

    3monkeymomma Earning My Ears

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    Sounds like fun! Once I have my summer schedule from work I will be in touch.
     
  12. TheNorthernMousette

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    We are from Fredericton NB, Booked out of Boston with Jet Blu for $900 4 people.

    This sounds far but in actuality it is not much different than MHT where we traditionally fly from. It saved us quite a bit this year.
     
  13. RainbowsMist

    RainbowsMist "There's a little kid in all of us..."

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    Thank you Ted!! We made the drive down yesterday to Manchester. Roads were clear and the sun was shining! Had an unusual long wait at the border but we chopped it off as part of the vacation... lol. Did some shopping in Freeport!! WOW!! Then made our way to the hotel you recommended.. .Homewood Suites by Hilton. We could not have asked for better, it was perfect! We loved Manchester's airport, it's a lot like Halifax...nice and small...and so far we are loving our first Southwest experience; currently 36,000 above right now ;) Thank you, thank you, thank, you!!!!


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  14. coastgirl

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    Sounds like a great start, Rainbow Mist! Keep us posted, have a great trip!
     
  15. Ted in Halifax

    Ted in Halifax Over a 2,000 mile drive from Disney!

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    RainbowMist. That is excellent. I'm poolside at AKL taking a day away from the parks.
     
  16. RainbowsMist

    RainbowsMist "There's a little kid in all of us..."

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    Rented our van at FLL..just got to Miami....was not asked for International Driver's Permit.....but we were prepared :-)
     
  17. The Lorax

    The Lorax Impossible is nothing

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    That's an excellent fare, when are you flying?
    Our last two trips were from Portland on Air Tran. However we would prefer JetBlue either from Portland or Boston if the $ is right for our DCL cruise in Mar 2014.
     
  18. bfamily5

    bfamily5 Yes, I need another guide book...it's part of the

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    We are doing the Magic, March 3, 2014 :cool1: I am watching Southwest out of Manchester, NH since our AirTran points will transfer. Of course, I can't look at rates yet, but I am checking this years, so I can recognize a deal. :thumbsup2
     
  19. sprmom

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    Hi, we are looking to go in August, last year I got from Halifax to Atlanta direct for 400pp and drove to Orlando from there. This year, the direct flight isnt available. What $ should I expect from YHZ to MCO? We are flexible with dates but prefer the end of August.
     
  20. coastgirl

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    sprmom, if you were willing to drive Atlanta-Orlando, you might consider driving to Manchester NH and flying from there. Southwest has a sale on now I believe.

    I also received emails recently from both Air Canada and Westjet. I don't know what you'll end up paying, but it's probably a good time to look. I've priced it up at around $750 (on a good day) to $1000 (average day) pp, YHZ-MCO. Kills me. We are flying in August AC but on an AirMiles reward (that took me about 3 years to earn :scared:...usually we fly from NH.)
     
  21. Tinkershelly

    Tinkershelly <font color=royalblue>DisneyWorld trip winner!<br>

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    If anyone can go last minute, direct flights from Halifax to Orlando with Air Transat leaving Mar 22 (Friday) for one week is $357, all taxes and fees included. Not sure how many seats but if you can get a week off at short notice :thumbsup2

    As for the end of August, departing Aug. 27, 28, or 29 (Tu, W, Th) for one week with Delta is currently $450, all taxes and fees included. I hope this is helpful!;)
     

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