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Old 09-24-2013, 09:19 AM   #31
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I think baggage checked with RAC has to be done at least 3 hours before your flight. With a 6:20 ME pickup, I am guessing that the flight was around 8:20-8:30. This means bags would have to be checked by 5:20, so when trying to do it at 5:45 you were past the window.
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Old 10-12-2013, 03:06 PM   #32
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And what flight number do you give to ME for reference? SW adds a "5" to the front of the flight number.
I'd like to know that too. Anyone know? TIA
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Old 10-12-2013, 04:39 PM   #33
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I think baggage checked with RAC has to be done at least 3 hours before your flight. With a 6:20 ME pickup, I am guessing that the flight was around 8:20-8:30. This means bags would have to be checked by 5:20, so when trying to do it at 5:45 you were past the window.
This was my first thought too. I don't think it had anything to do with it being a Air Tran/Southwest flight. The OP just missed the 3 hour prior to flight cut off for checking his bags at the resort.
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Old 10-12-2013, 10:47 PM   #34
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I think baggage checked with RAC has to be done at least 3 hours before your flight. With a 6:20 ME pickup, I am guessing that the flight was around 8:20-8:30. This means bags would have to be checked by 5:20, so when trying to do it at 5:45 you were past the window.
Actually, with a 6:20 pick-up time, the flight should've been about 9:30, which means that 5:45 was well before 3 hours before the flight.
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Old 10-13-2013, 08:17 AM   #35
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I just got back from my stay at OKW.

1. My Magical Express departure time was 2 hours 45 minutes before my plane's scheduled departure time. I arrived at the airport in plenty of time, even accounting for security.

2. I flew AT, booked through SW. I told the skycaps at OKW that I was flying AT and gave the AT number. They never asked me to pay for bags and checked my bags through to my destination. (I believe she said that they could not check bags if you were flying one leg with SW and one leg with AT, but I was zoning out b/c it didn't apply to me.) Without even asking, they printed my boarding pass, which was awesome.

The whole thing was worry-free, and we got to enjoy one final day at Magic Kingdom.
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Old 10-13-2013, 02:42 PM   #36
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It has to be done AT LEAST 3 hours before. It can be done earlier. We tend to take late flights home (they usually are cheaper, and we like to get that last day in the park feeling) and I check my bags around 8 am even for 9pm flights. It's more of an inconvienence, but DME usually gets you to the airport with plenty of time to check you bags. It's just more stuff to carry in from the bus. If you have already booked a round trip, it's worth a look to cancel and rebook on the SW site if the flight prices are the same. I can't tell you how much the no change fee policy on SW is better than ANY other airline. Once I booked my flight on the wrong date. Noticed it quickly and rebooked. Prices were the same, so it just uses the credit from the old flight......but man would I have been screwed if it was Orbits, expedia, or some other airline website.
We just got home Thursday, and ME BARELY got us to the airport in time to check our bags and get through security! We know now to either ask for an earlier bus or take a taxi!
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Old 10-13-2013, 03:27 PM   #37
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We just got home Thursday, and ME BARELY got us to the airport in time to check our bags and get through security! We know now to either ask for an earlier bus or take a taxi!
What time was your flight?
What was your assigned ME pickup time?
What time did you get picked up?
When did you get to the airport?

These are curiosity questions.
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