As previously said, try to check in online. If you don't have bags to check this way is the easiest as you can go straight to security. If you have bags to check then you'll still have to wait in the big line though. It has been a while since I have been to MDW
but they didn't have kiosks two years ago. If they have fixed that it is a little easier to checkin at the terminal and have any bags checked.
Sevice onboard will be fine but nothing extravagant. You flights to ATL
and back to MDW
are on Barbie Jets so expect little headroom and having to scrunch your neck down to look out the window if you are anything over 5'5". The pitch and width of the seats is usually comparable to mainline but that damn ceiling is so low. Since the Barbie Jets are smaller you might get two drink runs through the plane during the flight.
When you get to ATL
you'll be in the C Concourse that Delta Connection shares with AirTran. Make your way to the center of the concourse to catch the train to the other concourses where mainline runs out of which are T, A, B, D, and E. Most likely you will be in A or B for the flight to SRQ
. A little shortcut if your SRQ
flight is in the B Concourse...right about halfway down the C Concourse (I just don't remember the gate number) is an underground walkway over to B. IIRC it comes out around B26 or B29 but will save you time if yuou have to go over to one of the high numbered B gates. If your next gate is 1-18 they will be on the far side of the concourse so just go to the middle and take the train or is if is just 1 concourse away just walk it through the tunnel.
Your flight to SRQ
will get you a drink service and a snack (chips, granola bars, peanuts, crackers) from the basket. If you drop by Radio Shack and get your own airline adapter you can use your own headset for the entertainment. Delta Horizons which is usually cheesy followed by an episode of Friends, Joey, Everybody Loves Raymond, or some other sitcom. By then you'll be landing so they'll flip it off. Since you have no Medallion status (do you have NW
status?) you'll get stuck with a less than stellar zone for boarding. The higher the number the better though. First Class and bulkhead in Zone 1. Medallions in Zone 2 & 3. Then everyone else in Zones 4-9. If you have NW
/CO status make sure you have that number attached to your tickets and then you can board with the Medallions otherwise enjoy the huddled masses of Steerage.
does one thing that I would assume the rest of the majors do as well. If you aren't a Medallion level flier you stand a good chance of getting a middle seat or gate assigned seat. It sucks but they do take care of their own before the casual flier. If you don't already have a seat assignment just be as friendly as possible and ask politely upon check-in or at the gate.
I think you'll find DL
pleasant but nothing fancy compared to any of the other majors. If you go in expecting standard service with a smile you'll be happy. If you go in expecting royal treatment in Steerage you'll be disappointed. I fly DL
pretty much exclusively and they have always taken good care of me and provided service with a smile. Enjoy your trip and have a good time is the Sunshine State.
"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."