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R we crazy! ?

Discussion in 'Driving & Transportation' started by tracyjo, Oct 1, 2016.

  1. magic

    magic Active Member

    Hi Tracyjo, sounds like an exciting trip, have always had a car but know others who have been without one and they did OK. There are limitations but will probably be a reasonable saving. Think you are being sensible in planning to hotel hop to be within striking distance of the park you plan to visit. Have flown indirect a few times and by ‘n’ large it’s worked OK.

    We have done layovers at Miami, Newark, Charlotte, Atlanta, Detroit and Minneapolis, some have been smoother than others, Atlanta was the most ‘stressful’ it’s a huge airport. Charlotte is a very nice airport ~ but been a while since we have been there.

    A couple of tips, book indirect flights as one trip with the same airline (or partner airline) if you miss your connection due to a delay then it’s their problem to solve. Don’t cut the layover time too fine especially on the out-bound flight, we’d say a minimum of two hours layover to cover a small delay in departure or hold up at immigration at your arrival airport. You have to collect your luggage, go through customs and then drop off your bags again, almost certainly have to go through security again so be careful what you buy at Duty Free or make sure you place any security sensitive items in your case before you drop your bags off again.
     
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  2. DAVE&JEN

    DAVE&JEN Well-Known Member

    We used the lynx buses a lot this time and saw many people using them to go to the airport. The no 42 goes direct to airport and back via the florida mall and international drive. Only two dollars and if you need to change just ask for free transfer. Will put more info on trippy as we had a mix of lynx buses and shuttles.
     
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  3. tracyjo

    tracyjo Well-Known Member

    Hi magic, thanks for that, can I ask if I have read this right, if we do a stop at Charlotte would we have to collect our luggage then re check in for the flight to Orlando? with our bags, would be good if you do as always worried luggage would get lost if they transfer the luggage? would immigration be as long here as apposed to Orlando?
     
  4. tracyjo

    tracyjo Well-Known Member

    I might not be brave enough on our arrival but might have a go on the return to use the lynx to the airport.
     
  5. jenster5

    jenster5 DoingFlorida Associate

    Atlanta is the worlds busiest airport, so I wouldnt go for that, but using the same airline for the connection is the best way to go, usually the bags are checked straight through but you have to get them off the carousel, go through customs then put them back on another carousel
     
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  6. disney sharon

    disney sharon DoingFlorida Associate

    It always has amazed me how good they are at getting luggage onto a connecting flight, the few times I have travelled that way some have had less than 30 mins between flights in the US.
     
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  7. magic

    magic Active Member

    Hi Tracyjo ~ When you land in the US on an international flight you have to go through immigration and customs, therefore although your luggage should be checked through to your final destination airport you have to collect it, go through customs, then drop your bags off and they are transported to the next aircraft, you then make your way to the gate ready for next flight. At Charlotte (have been via there twice) we found this very smooth and the line at immigration was short in comparison to Orlando. It’s been a few years since we have travelled via Charlotte so it may have changed but we have good memories. As you have already cleared immigration and customs you will be on a domestic flight into Orlando.

    On your return flight you will have your bags checked through to your UK airport so once you drop them off at Orlando you won’t see them again until you land in the UK, therefore the in-direct return flight is less stressful providing you plan enough time for the layover.
     
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  8. tracyjo

    tracyjo Well-Known Member

    Thanks for that magic makes sense now, of course hoping your luggage makes it home as you say you don't collect it on your return!! I wonder why you don't do the same as the outbound?
     
  9. jenster5

    jenster5 DoingFlorida Associate

    because you clear customs on arrival into the country you are entering , so its where you land in the USA and the same in the UK
     
  10. tinklancs

    tinklancs Well-Known Member

    I think it was Fernix who went with United this summer via Newark which is what we are doing. I'm sure she said it was a very short distance to take the bags from customs to the next check-in so you're not lugging cases all around the terminal!
     
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