Tlima
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AirTran Vacation Packages - Advice

Thu Dec 02, 2004 2:26 am

Hello everyone,

I tried to do a search on this topic (or any topic for that matter) and the search function does not seem to be working, giving me "no results" found for whatever I type in.

Anyway, I am planning on taking a trip from DFW to MCO (DisneyWorld)sometime in March and I checked out AirTran's vacation packages and they seem to have some really good deals.
Before I actually make the purchase, I was wondering a few things, just because I have never flown with them or gotten vacation packages with them.
I would like to know anyone's thoughts or comments on this whole situation. How is the airline in general? Reliability? Service? Is it recommended to go with them or try to go through a travel agent? Has anyone had problems with AirTran and/or their vacation packages?

The reason I am asking is that I had a bad experience with Travelocity (but that's a whole different story) and I do not want to go through that nightmare again with someone else.
So if anyone has any ideas, thoughts, opinions etc..., I would like to hear your stories.

Thanks in Advance,
Cheers,
TLIMA
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RE: AirTran Vacation Packages - Advice

Thu Dec 02, 2004 2:31 am

I have flown many many times on Airtran for business in Coach. The 717 is a great little airplane ride and you should experience no problems with them. They are usually very nice people for the crew and the gate. Check in is normally very easy and expect and on-time departure. They will serve peanuts and drinks and that's about it for service.

I have never booked a vacation with them so I can't help you out there. I hope it is a great flight/trip for you.
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elwood64151
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RE: AirTran Vacation Packages - Advice

Thu Dec 02, 2004 6:06 am

Flying AirTran is no problem. They have e-tickets and if you purchase them through the company's website, you'll have no problems. In my two and-a-half month tenure as an AirTran CSA, I never met any passenger who had a problem with their vacation package (in fairness, I only met two).

As for the airline, you can upgrade to Biz-class (space available) for $35 to $50 (depending on if they're running the special or not). It's a nice, wide seat and two free drinks, but not a whole lot more than coach overall. Even still, it's not very different from flying any other airline. And they don't serve peanuts. They serve pretzels.

Good luck to you.
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RE: AirTran Vacation Packages - Advice

Thu Dec 02, 2004 6:31 am

AirTran is a very good reliable airline with very new aircraft. You should have not problem with them. Don't know anything about their vacation packages.
 
Tlima
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RE: AirTran Vacation Packages - Advice

Thu Dec 02, 2004 7:11 am

Thanks for the replies and info.
Sounds like I should not have anything to worry about and will probably go ahead and make the purchase.
I like the idea of being able to upgade to BizClass for $35-50! I will definitely try that out!

Thanks again,
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RE: AirTran Vacation Packages - Advice

Thu Dec 02, 2004 11:36 am

Had to fly FL recently(not by choice) on Wed/Nov 24 at Gate D1 and was not impressed. Even paid the upgrade fee and wanted my money back. I found out why Airtran promotes the "ergonomic" seating. Its their way of saying no cushioning. I could feel the seat structure in my "business" seat. And they have a lumbar support pad there that feels like your sitting up against a full backpack. We sat at the gate to wait for 1 connecting flight, then another, then another. Delayed 1 hr for a total of 5 connecting people. The captain made an announcement that Ops held us for a connecting flight, then released us, then held us, then released us, and was now holding us again. He said that he did not think Operations knew what they were doing and that he was going to the gate to make a phone call for them to finally let us go. It reassured me why I don't like to use them, even when I could have drove.
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moman
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RE: AirTran Vacation Packages - Advice

Thu Dec 02, 2004 11:41 am

AirTran is basic transportation, but I'm not sure I would book their vacation package. I prefer to get it all on my own.

Orlando has plenty of cheap hotels (I was there last weekend) and they will never book up. Make a reservation now around the Kissimmee area and you will enjoy it. I see Super 8 type hotels at $49 a night all the time. Most of the time you can even get a free breakfast.

There is also plenty of air service to MCO but March is in the middle of spring break and cheap seats are probably filled up already, so better jump on that ASAP.

I would recommend you put your own package together. You should save money doing that.

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TommyBoy
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RE: AirTran Vacation Packages - Advice

Thu Dec 02, 2004 12:25 pm

TLIMA...I'd check out OttoPylit's profile before taking much stock in his response! Especially the "occupation" part!
 
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RE: AirTran Vacation Packages - Advice

Thu Dec 02, 2004 1:18 pm

TommyBoy,
Yep, I noticed that...Nothing wrong with a little bias I suppose Smile

Moman,
I know that it will be Spring Break so that is why we are planning on going the very first week of March. I did look at putting a package separate as opposed to getting it all in one but it kind of came out to the same, not a whole lot of savings, especially when I select the 8-day Disney Park Hopper pass. My friend and I will continue to look and then try to finalize it soon. There is still the issue of requesting time off for a week...  Confused

Oh well...

TLIMA
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RE: AirTran Vacation Packages - Advice

Thu Dec 02, 2004 1:38 pm

What Ottopylit fails to mention is that on Wednesday, November 24th, ATL had terrible weather, causing flight delays of more than 2 hours. We made a decision that night to hold the last outbound flight destined for each city so as to get all the connecting pax to where they wanted to go for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, it was very difficult to judge the ETA's of each inbound as different flights were subject to different amounts of holding in the air and on the ground. So, many pax who were already at the gate had to sit on the aircraft for a bit. I'm quite sure had the situation been reversed, he'd be crying a different tune had we left him stranded in ATL like our biggest neighbor did to a couple thousand folks that night. I work in System Operations Control, and we very much did know what we were doing, despite what 'the captain said'.
 
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RE: AirTran Vacation Packages - Advice

Fri Dec 03, 2004 6:51 am

I work in System Operations Control, and we very much did know what we were doing, despite what 'the captain said'.

The only folks that have a lower opinion of them are the rampers, especially when they pull a gate swap on a flight after you've already loaded the plane for the flight it was originally supposed to make out. Of course I'm sure the group of people in Ops @ FL are better than some of the characters they had back when I worked there....

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