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Success – First step of our Trip Planning is Done!!!

Posted by: Mark Plante on October 31, 2019

It took a little longer than we planned, but the first step of our 2020 Disney World trip has been completed.

The first thing that we do when we are planning a trip is to secure airline tickets from Rhode Island to Orlando.  This used to be the most expensive part of the trip, not anymore.

So Southwest Airlines opened booking for airfare for April, 2020 and beyond yesterday (October 30, 2019).  We were able to get direct flights from PVD to MCO and MCO to PVD for a pretty good price.  As always, we purchased the early-bird option for an extra fee.  This means that we do not have to sit at the computer 24hrs before our site and hope that we get a good boarding number.  If you do not know, Southwest does not have assigned seating.  This means that seating is first come, first serve and if you do not have a low number on your boarding pass, your party may be separated on the flight.

Now we have always flown with Southwest and have gotten used to the way that flights are posted and the costs of certain flights at certain times.

Usually it costs much more to fly home (MCO -> PVD) than to fly down to Orlando.  Also, early morning flights are usually as much as 2.5x the cost of evening flights.  So we usually fly down on a 6:30PM flight, getting into Orlando around 9:30ish and to the resort by 10:30PM.  The same is with the returning flight, we usually do not leave MCO until 6-8PM, getting back into Rhode Island around 11PM and not back into our house until Midnight.

For some reason, this year is different.  Flying down to Orlando, we were able to get an early flight, a VERY early flight, where we will be in Orlando before most people are in work.  Also, this year, our flight home will cost MUCH less than the one to start our vacation and it is also a very early flight.  The early flight coming home is good because both of my pups and my wife have to be in school the next morning.

Well, there we go, I guess we can check plane tickets off of our “2020 Vacation ToDo List”, but we still have quite a bit more to do.

  • Plane Tickets
  • Hotel/Resort
  • Theme Park Tickets
  • Car Rental
  • Boarding the Dogs
  • New Clothes for Trip
  • Buy new Disney Trading Pins for girls and wife

As you can see, there is more for us to do.

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