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Discussion in 'Transportation & Travel' started by Slowhand, Feb 14, 2012.

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    I am in the planning stage for our next trip to the States.
    This time my DW and I will be in Orlando for a while before flying to New York for a DCL cruise, flying back home shortly after the cruise from New York.

    I am hoping to strike up a good deal with Virgin again, using my FC miles in order to fly to and from the US in UC, so we are likely to have plenty of luggage....especially on the return journey to the UK when we are carrying stuff that we have bought over there.

    Any recommendations for an airline to use to take us from Orlando to New York ....that don`t charge an arm and a leg for excess baggage?
     
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    We used JetBlue Terry, paid $81

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    Thanks Sandra. Are they ok regarding the excess baggage issue? :unsure:
     
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    Southwest does not charge for the first two bags/person
     
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    Can't remember Terry. We flew to NY for 4 nights and then on to Orlando, so I now we had our big cases. We flew Virgin to JFK so they were 23K, we didn't get charged anything though on JetBlue

    Sandra
     
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    JetBlue does first bag free Terry. Second bag is $40 and the third is $75.

    Southwest lets you get away with 2 per passenger. 3rd through 9th are $50 each.

    Tom :)macwave:... seasoned air traveler. Not!)
     
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    I just read an article on baggage fees

    Theonly airlines who do not charge for the first bag are Jet Blue and Southwest

    In the comments, many people suggested shipping your bags via UPS or FEdex, it was cheaper than paying the baggage fees
     
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    If you are going to consider flying either JetBlue or Southwest, go with JetBlue. I know loads of people who fly Southwest without a problem, but it's affectionately known as the "cattle call" airlines for a reason. :sigh:

    If you can send your bags ahead, it is much more cost effective (usually) than paying the extra for them to board the plane. :yes:

    If you fly into Newark, (NJ) you can take the train from the airport into NYC. However, you would then be handling all the bags yourself.
     
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    Thanks for your help & comments guys.
    It seems like JetBlue or Southwest are the way to go then. :thumbsup:
     
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    We caught the train Tink and flew from Newark - it was very easy and I enjoyed the train journey

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    Delta Air Lines. Your first Two bags are Free with the Delta SkyMiles American Express Card for all passengers on the same itinerary as the card holder. I do like the Idea of Shipping your bags ahead of time. Id always recommend a Full Service Air Line when traveling with a schedule. I have worked and grown up in the Air Line Industry long enough to have seen what can happen during bad weather and such to people flying the Low cost Carriers. Southwest / AirTran can be about as helpful as a bag of rocks in many cases. A full service Air Line has many more options at their disposal to get you to your destination.

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