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Title: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: marcia29 on December 17, 2021, 05:53:56 AM
Southwest Airlines has opened SDCC dates.  I am hoping there will be more choices available from my location in the weeks ahead.  Pretty puny number of flights so far. In the past, more flights have been added, closer to our preferred travel dates, but these days... ::)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: NCDS on December 17, 2021, 09:00:16 AM
thanks for the heads up!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: tsnyder on December 21, 2021, 12:06:12 PM
Got mine booked!! Super excited to get back and see everyone!!!!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Angology on December 24, 2021, 01:55:50 PM
Booked my flight, too! Thanks for the heads up! Just makes it seem more real! Keeping fingers and toes crossed that we can all get together next year.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: alyssa on December 24, 2021, 04:06:35 PM
in case anyone thinks they might have travel funds in Southwest

log in
select flights
advance to the Who's flying? screen, scroll down to
Apply Travel Funds, LUV Vouchers, and gift cards -- open that up and select
See if you have unused funds in your account



Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: ShannonCooper87 on January 12, 2022, 09:05:34 PM
Just looking for some information, I am looking at flights from San Diego to Melbourne (Australia) and at this stage there doesn't seem to be any direct flights from San Diego to Los Angeles on American Airlines, is this a change because of Covid or is it a more permanent one and do you think they might add some for SDCC?

Only looking at AA at the moment as QANTAS have some reward seats flying San Diego to Melbourne using AA.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: TardisMom on January 13, 2022, 07:31:28 AM
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Just looking for some information, I am looking at flights from San Diego to Melbourne (Australia) and at this stage there doesn't seem to be any direct flights from San Diego to Los Angeles on American Airlines, is this a change because of Covid or is it a more permanent one and do you think they might add some for SDCC?

Only looking at AA at the moment as QANTAS have some reward seats flying San Diego to Melbourne using AA.

I just did a search and you're right, AA doesn't have anything direct from SAN to LAX.  I don't know if this is something new, but I doubt they'll add anything for such a short route.  You could always pay to fly a different airline to LAX, United has the best prices.  Or you could take a train, but that's a longer trip and you'll still need to get to LAX from the train station.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: NCDS on January 13, 2022, 08:25:53 AM
With my recent travels the past 6 months I have found that more flights are canceled than added.  I think I only had one flight without a delay, which was insane luck as a lot were canceled that day.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: chocolateshake on January 13, 2022, 09:56:57 AM
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Just looking for some information, I am looking at flights from San Diego to Melbourne (Australia) and at this stage there doesn't seem to be any direct flights from San Diego to Los Angeles on American Airlines, is this a change because of Covid or is it a more permanent one and do you think they might add some for SDCC?

Only looking at AA at the moment as QANTAS have some reward seats flying San Diego to Melbourne using AA.

I doubt an airline would add routes just for a convention.  I've had to do the SAN-LAX run many times.  Unless it's priced into the fare of a bigger flight, say SAN-MEL, then it's not worth it to fly directly from SAN-LAX.  That short flight is not operated by the big airlines.  It's operated by a small regional carrier.  It's a code share for the bigger airlines.  It operates smaller regional planes out of the commuter terminal that's next to the big terminals.  It's expensive.  Right now though it is reasonable at $150.  In years before covid, I've seen it priced at $500.

So normally I took ground transport from SAN-LAX.  I don't know why there isn't a bus between SAN-LAX.  The closest thing is that Asiana runs it's own private shuttle between Kearny Mesa and LAX for people who fly on that airline.  In order of increasing cost and decreasing hassle the options are Greyhound bus, Amtrak train and private shuttle.

1. Greyhound can be really cheap when they have good pricing.  I've paid as little as a $1.  The station is in LA's skid row.  It is possible to walk to Union Station to catch the FlyAway bus to LAX.  It's not that far.  It's just a very scary walk since you'll have to walk through and out of skid row.  The other options are to take an Uber or the local bus.  Taking the local bus can take as long as walking since you have to wait for it and it's not a direct route.  I take the local bus to the closest Metro station and then take that to Union Station.  Then you can take the FlyAway bus to LAX for $10.  NOTE: The FlyAway bus ticket booth does not take cash.  They only take CC.  Which leaves a lot of visitors stranded.  I've had to be the ticket machine for a lot of people.  They pay me cash and then I buy a ticket for them with my CC.  I plan for at least 4 hours to get to LAX.

2. Taking Amtrak is about $35.  You get off at Union Station then take the FlyAway as above.  I plan for at least 3 hours to get to LAX.

3. Take a private car to LAX from SAN.  That's about $300.  If it's just you, it's not worth it.  If it's more than you then it's the same price or cheaper than flying.  Since the price is per car.  I plan for at least 2 hours to get to LAX.

There is another way.  You can take public transit all the way from SAN to LAX.  In Oceanside you'll have to hop off SD public transit and hop on LA public transit.  It's cheap but its really time consuming and the hours are limited.

Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: ShannonCooper87 on January 13, 2022, 05:52:04 PM
Thanks @chocolateshake (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=6586) @NCDS (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2339) and @TardisMom (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=842) for the replies, it has given me some insight, and @chocolateshake (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=6586) thank you for that great breakdown it does give me some things to think about, now just to work out whats easier with 2 people and either 3 or 4 bits of luggage lol.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: force951 on January 14, 2022, 07:39:36 AM
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I doubt an airline would add routes just for a convention. 

They do, but it is more for business conventions. So they can expect full flights and all premium seats booked for cash. Something like SDCC they wouldn't be able to fill the planes so i doubt any would be added.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: chocolateshake on January 14, 2022, 10:27:52 AM
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They do, but it is more for business conventions. So they can expect full flights and all premium seats booked for cash. Something like SDCC they wouldn't be able to fill the planes so i doubt any would be added.

A route?  Not additional flights on an existing route.  A new route.  An airline cannot just decide to start flying a new route.  It has to be approved.  It can take years to add a route.  An airline may have to wait for an existing airline to fail or be abandoned before they can have it.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: force951 on January 14, 2022, 10:35:23 AM
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A route?  Not additional flights on an existing route.  A new route.  An airline cannot just decide to start flying a new route.  It has to be approved.  It can take years to add a route.  An airline may have to wait for an existing airline to fail or be abandoned before they can have it.

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Air France and La Compagnie, which don’t ordinarily fly into McCarran, have also added flights.


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Domestic airlines have also added international routes to and from McCarran, including American Airlines adding a Tokyo route, and Delta with additional flights to Amsterdam, Paris, South Korea, Tokyo, London, Taiwan, and China.

https://news3lv.com/news/local/more-international-domestic-flights-added-to-accomodate-ces-attendees

It does happen for the big business conventions, but not very many of them.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Michael M on January 14, 2022, 04:26:46 PM
Who wants to start FoCC Airlines?😁
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: sghov0106 on January 23, 2022, 10:00:52 PM
southwest has some cheap flights from bay area, SJC to SAN is down to $49 now!!!!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Deathbyjackal on March 22, 2022, 07:17:36 AM
Sheesh, these flight prices are brutal right now. We've been holding off before purchasing, but that now seems to clearly have been a mistake!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Michael M on March 22, 2022, 08:26:02 AM
It's funny, I was just thinking that I got lucky and got my flight at the end of Jan...prices are nutso!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: stl_ben on March 22, 2022, 11:09:19 AM
First time in a long time I have to book something with a layover, sad to see fewer direct flights scheduled.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: marcia29 on March 23, 2022, 10:35:20 AM
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Sheesh, these flight prices are brutal right now. We've been holding off before purchasing, but that now seems to clearly have been a mistake!

Brutal is the right word!  😬  For our group it is a huge chunk of cash, and maybe getting larger by the day.   Argh.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: JKingoftheNerds on March 23, 2022, 12:20:03 PM
I would absolutely recommend checking the airlines every day for a week or more, because the prices definitely fluctuate, sometimes significantly, from day to day. I just booked my flight yesterday (a Tuesday, generally considered one of the cheaper days to buy tickets) and the tickets for round trip were a full $150 cheaper than what they were on Saturday when I checked. (I booked with Delta, fwiw.)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Hgmaddhatter on April 12, 2022, 04:36:37 PM
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Brutal is the right word!  😬  For our group it is a huge chunk of cash, and maybe getting larger by the day.   Argh.
I'm looking from Florida and been tracking it for a month or two, it fluctuates $30-$50 so I'm just trying to catch it on a down swing at this point, that could pay for bag check!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: YouThinkMeMad on April 13, 2022, 09:09:59 AM
Finally got around to booking mine. I use SW and a lot of the cheaper fares were already sold out. And the prices are nuts! But oh well. Not much to do about it.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: karli2067 on April 14, 2022, 09:16:48 AM
Just bought my tickets on southwest.  I went to check the flights and there were only two seats left on the nonstop Wednesday morning out of BWI so it finally moved me to action.  Prices were around the same I have always paid them since I started going in 2016, a little less than 600 for the roundtrip nonstop each way.  Getting this accomplished has kind of made my day.  I can't wait to get back to San Diego!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Michael M on April 14, 2022, 09:19:38 AM
I'm jelly of the nonstop flights...Southwest from here in PHL to SAN always has one stop, at least, everytime that I looked.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: alyssa on April 14, 2022, 02:54:04 PM
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I'm jelly of the nonstop flights...Southwest from here in PHL to SAN always has one stop, at least, everytime that I looked.

yeah no sw non-stop between sd & philly ever
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: darqamin on April 14, 2022, 08:45:10 PM
I was able to get some decently priced flights from Canada, with free cancellation too (well it goes back to Wesjet dollars but I will use those anyway).

I booked for going back on Monday for the first time (usually left on Sundays for past years) with the hope of fulling enjoying the Sunday at the convention and joining the forum group for the Sunday dinner.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: alyssa on April 14, 2022, 09:21:21 PM
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I was able to get some decently priced flights from Canada, with free cancellation too (well it goes back to Wesjet dollars but I will use those anyway).

I booked for going back on Monday for the first time (usually left on Sundays for past years) with the hope of fulling enjoying the Sunday at the convention and joining the forum group for the Sunday dinner.
prospects are good for the forum dinner ;)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Hgmaddhatter on April 15, 2022, 07:05:53 AM
Yeah I think I missed my chance last week, should have committed! Oh well I'm just gonna jump on the next best thing I see this week, even if it's a red eye lol
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: CarrieD on April 15, 2022, 08:39:18 AM
I booked my flight last month. It was $300 cheaper than what I paid in 2019. Air Canada finally has a direct flight from Montreal to San Diego so I was able to get them. Hopefully they wont be cancelled. When I went to San Diego in October Delta kept cancelling and changing the flights. I think I was lucky I booked when I did as the flights are now about what I paid in 2019.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: SlmDiva30 on April 15, 2022, 02:14:26 PM
I bought my flights last month. There was only two non-stop flights available to and from New Orleans on Southwest. When one of the flights started to fill up, I went on ahead and bought them. I didn't want any layovers if I could avoid it. I got rerouted while waiting for my layover last year. It took me 14 hours to get home! No thank you. Fingers crossed I have no issues this time around.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: f22raptor on April 15, 2022, 02:15:14 PM
The best deals on summer airline tickets are historically offered approximately 3 1/2 months before a departure date, as airlines attempt to determine their demand for summer travel.  Travelers looking to purchase airfare at the time will often find even cheaper rates on Tuesdays after 3 p.m., Eastern Time, after most airlines have introduced their sales for the week. As these sales don't last long, travelers should complete their purchase by Thursday, before the sale ends, to ensure the best rates.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Hgmaddhatter on April 15, 2022, 08:32:35 PM
Has anyone had a shorter layover at Chicago (45 mins)? Is it an easy airport to navigate within that time? I usually don't go for flights with less than an hour but I'm not having much luck.... I'm good at navigating airports, just haven't flown to this one before.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Michael M on April 16, 2022, 03:10:10 AM
First time for me stopping over in Midway, but I'm at a 90min stopover.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Hgmaddhatter on April 16, 2022, 06:59:34 AM
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First time for me stopping over in Midway, but I'm at a 90min stopover.
Yeah my flight out is 90 but my return is 45 so I figure if it gets messed up at least it won't mess up any plans I make at con. I went for it because I just couldn't pass up the deal. I'm coming from FL so I actually like the layover to stretch my legs.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: alyssa on April 16, 2022, 09:12:40 AM
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First time for me stopping over in Midway, but I'm at a 90min stopover.

The SW Midway spoke has a really good fried chicken stand if anyone is hungry. It's located close to the concourse.
the last time i was through there, a few months ago, the prices were reasonable for airport food.

Also, SW leaving in Philly, the Japanese stand has pricey but a decent poke bowl, if your on a long hop going west.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Hgmaddhatter on April 16, 2022, 09:44:52 AM
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The SW Midway spoke has a really good fried chicken stand if anyone is hungry. It's located close to the concourse.
the last time i was through there, a few months ago, the prices were reasonable for airport food.

Also, SW leaving in Philly, the Japanese stand has pricey but a decent poke bowl, if your on a long hop going west.
Oh I love Poke, now you're talking my language lol. I'm shocked my stopover is Chicago, it's usually Pheonix...
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: hikanteki on April 16, 2022, 11:54:24 PM
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southwest has some cheap flights from bay area, SJC to SAN is down to $49 now!!!!

This route is $49 again. :) Just booked my flight for $98 round-trip.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: YouThinkMeMad on April 18, 2022, 06:33:34 AM
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Just bought my tickets on southwest.  I went to check the flights and there were only two seats left on the nonstop Wednesday morning out of BWI so it finally moved me to action.  Prices were around the same I have always paid them since I started going in 2016, a little less than 600 for the roundtrip nonstop each way.  Getting this accomplished has kind of made my day.  I can't wait to get back to San Diego!

BWI here too!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: debster on April 18, 2022, 03:37:10 PM
I'm excited my usual 6:30 am flight on Jet Blue to San Diego got switched to 10am.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: smiley424 on April 19, 2022, 02:00:54 AM
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Has anyone had a shorter layover at Chicago (45 mins)? Is it an easy airport to navigate within that time? I usually don't go for flights with less than an hour but I'm not having much luck.... I'm good at navigating airports, just haven't flown to this one before.

O'Hara or Midway?  I've only been through O'Hara and it was pretty simple getting around, but depending on the time, it can be busy and crowded there.  I did have to go from the domestic terminal to the international terminal to make my connection, but I had a 2+ hour layover, so I wasn't in a rush.  If you have time and like popcorn, get a tin of Garrett's Popcorn.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: xavier2518 on April 19, 2022, 05:05:06 AM
my southwest flights have change from 15 minutes later flyout from san antonio , texas too san diego and return flights from 2 hours early now.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: YouThinkMeMad on April 19, 2022, 05:50:45 AM
Keep an eye on your flights. I've already received emails about times/flight changes. My flight to SAN had a stop in MDW but they switched it to non stop. Which was nice and all but I stop in MDW for a reason, so had to log on and change my flight back to the other one LOL

(I stop there bc a friend from Chicago is my SDCC buddy and it's nice to meet up there and continue together)

Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: rushfanyyz on April 19, 2022, 06:05:47 AM
Mine changed from St. Louis too, but in my favor. I now get to san diego a few hours earlier and then leave a few hours later, still nonstop both ways.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: stl_ben on April 19, 2022, 06:21:08 AM
My flights from STL also changed from over night. Yay for cutting out a 2 hour layover!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: sessionka on April 19, 2022, 07:45:14 AM
Mine from Newark changed to leave 7 minutes earlier (I think I can manage that no problem).  My time to leave San Diego was moved up from 10:00 PM to 8:45 PM.  It's a significant change, but it means getting home earlier, which is fine.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: NCDS on April 19, 2022, 01:55:12 PM
Mine both changed but it was minimal.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Michael M on April 19, 2022, 01:56:52 PM
Ugh, my SW outgoing flight from PHL changed to now have a 4+ layover in STL :(
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: NCDS on April 19, 2022, 02:00:16 PM
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Ugh, my SW outgoing flight from PHL changed to now have a 4+ layover in STL :(

Tell them I said that is unacceptable!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Michael M on April 19, 2022, 02:07:20 PM
I did, they just rolled their eyes.  :(
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: YouThinkMeMad on April 20, 2022, 05:32:39 AM
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Ugh, my SW outgoing flight from PHL changed to now have a 4+ layover in STL :(

You should be able to change your flight for free if you see another time that works better or is closer to what you had. I changed mine back to have a stop in MDW after they changed it to a non-stop.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Michael M on April 20, 2022, 05:55:25 AM
Yeah, I looked...but flying out at 5a-ish is the only time that gets me a shorter layover...and even then it's like 3ish hours.


No biggie...with the time change my body clock will all be effed up anyways :D
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: alyssa on April 20, 2022, 07:31:49 AM
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Ugh, my SW outgoing flight from PHL changed to now have a 4+ layover in STL :(

iirc, there was a decent rib place in that airport. It was a nice terminal - again, i didn't fly through that stop a lot so i could be wrong.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: rushfanyyz on April 20, 2022, 08:34:39 AM
I pretty much exclusively fly out of the southwest terminal (t2) in stl. Its an ok size and is more of a straight-away rather than a circle hub of gates and is separate from the rest of the airport. In comparison, the SW hub of the San Diego airport is super tiny compared to STL, but like the LAX one is bigger (for obvious reasons). A few restaurants where you can sit down and have a meal/drink.  A good chunk of "fast" food like Dunkin, Burger King, Auntie Annes, California Pizza. I don't remember ribs specifically but I've had some burgers and tacos at a few of the sit down restaurants and they were actually pretty decent for airport food. Local beers Schlafy and Urban Chestnut are on tap too if you're a beer person. There are plugs to charge your electronics but not at every seating row like some airports-so keep an eye out for the areas that have them. Bathrooms are on the larger side compared to a few other airports I've been to. A 4 hour layover anywhere will be boring, but this will be an ok airport to have to do it in.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: jamiesugah on April 30, 2022, 08:02:41 AM
I finally booked my flight and my heart broke a little at how much it cost.  :'(

Also for the first time in years, I am not flying JetBlue. I hate their new fare structure.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: dville on April 30, 2022, 08:47:21 AM
Tickets on American in my area for general seats went up 100% and first class were up 125% from pre-covid rates. For a family of four this is outrageous. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: tsnyder on May 05, 2022, 08:04:57 AM
Really glad I booked my flights back when they first opened up.  Have gone up quite a bit since then.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Michael M on May 05, 2022, 08:28:49 AM
Here's some info for Southwest fliers...

Southwest Becomes One Of America's Least Reliable Airlines-After One Bright Idea Backfired (https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/southwest-becomes-one-of-america-s-least-reliable-airlines-after-one-bright-idea-backfired/ar-AAWLq9l?ocid=uxbndlbing)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: marcia29 on May 05, 2022, 09:18:20 AM
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Here's some info for Southwest fliers...

Southwest Becomes One Of America's Least Reliable Airlines-After One Bright Idea Backfired (https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/southwest-becomes-one-of-america-s-least-reliable-airlines-after-one-bright-idea-backfired/ar-AAWLq9l?ocid=uxbndlbing)

Well...this is a revolting development. Southwest has been my favorite for years.  :(
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: YouThinkMeMad on May 05, 2022, 09:25:52 AM
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Here's some info for Southwest fliers...

Southwest Becomes One Of America's Least Reliable Airlines-After One Bright Idea Backfired (https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/southwest-becomes-one-of-america-s-least-reliable-airlines-after-one-bright-idea-backfired/ar-AAWLq9l?ocid=uxbndlbing)

Just gotta keep my fingers crossed, nothing I can do about it now.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Michael M on May 05, 2022, 09:31:18 AM
My SDCC flight has changed no less than 3 times so far :(
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: marcia29 on May 05, 2022, 09:32:53 AM
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My SDCC flight has changed no less than 3 times so far :(

Yikes! ???
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: YouThinkMeMad on May 05, 2022, 09:33:05 AM
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My SDCC flight has changed no less than 3 times so far :(

I think I'm up to 2. I actually have 2 trips in July. The flights for my trip to MDW have changed once.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: DaveG on May 05, 2022, 09:44:14 AM
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My SDCC flight has changed no less than 3 times so far :(

Mine has changed twice so far, but the biggest changes have been moving my connecting flights to different cities (i.e. Denver to Las Vegas going there and Las Vegas to Dallas coming back). Timewise, the changes have been less than an hour...so far.

I'm just really glad I planned to arrive a couple of days early, which gives me some room for things to go wrong.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Michael M on May 05, 2022, 11:10:03 AM
Yeah I been bouncing between MDW and STL...for now, heading out to SDCC I'm stopping in STL...coming back it's MDW.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: SteveD on May 11, 2022, 08:08:32 AM
Every time I check, my flight times have changed. I was getting in at night, now it looks as though I'm arriving in the morning.  :(
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: marcia29 on May 11, 2022, 08:45:36 AM
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Every time I check, my flight times have changed. I was getting in at night, now it looks as though I'm arriving in the morning.  :(

This is terrible.  How can we truly plan travel with this constant change.  Ick.  :(
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Michael M on May 11, 2022, 08:47:30 AM
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This is terrible.  How can we truly plan travel with this constant change.  Ick.  :(
Ugh...I'm at a 4.5hr layover on the way out now :(

I might be drinking at a bar in STL *really* early  ;)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: NCDS on May 11, 2022, 09:34:34 AM
I need my ECCC one to change, by the time I got things settled I was one day past the 14 days  :(

SDCC (knock on wood) has been solid.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Nimitz on May 16, 2022, 08:24:38 AM
Here is a tip that saved me a bunch of money since where I start Air Canada is my only option. But might work with other airlines. Fly to Las Vegas and then take southwest airlines to San Diego they still have make 59$ flight available. I think this is the cheaper option for some people in Canada and Europe since flights to Vegas seem to be the cheapest flight go into the USA from forein destinations.

They are cheaper flights than southwest but I have heard too many horror stories with those other airlines.

Nimitz
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: teriqueen on May 17, 2022, 07:25:58 AM
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Here is a tip that saved me a bunch of money since where I start Air Canada is my only option. But might work with other airlines. Fly to Las Vegas and then take southwest airlines to San Diego they still have make 59$ flight available. I think this is the cheaper option for some people in Canada and Europe since flights to Vegas seem to be the cheapest flight go into the USA from forein destinations.

They are cheaper flights than southwest but I have heard too many horror stories with those other airlines.

Nimitz

I may have to try this. I'm also coming from the other side of the country. I've been checking fares all morning and they're making me sick to my stomach. Thanks for the suggestion!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: sessionka on May 17, 2022, 07:38:08 AM
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I may have to try this. I'm also coming from the other side of the country. I've been checking fares all morning and they're making me sick to my stomach. Thanks for the suggestion!

I'm coming from the east coast as well.  I made reservations last month.  I checked fares for my flight recently, and yes...they have gone up.


It doesn't get any better the longer you wait.   :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Michael M on May 17, 2022, 09:59:56 AM
If anyone's gonna be in the STL airport and flying SW to SDCC on that Sunday, I'll be having a celebratory drink and you're welcome to join! What else can one do during a 4.5 hour stopover :D 🍺🍻
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Sakura17 on May 21, 2022, 09:25:12 PM
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I think I'm up to 2. I actually have 2 trips in July. The flights for my trip to MDW have changed once.

I also have 2 trips in July. My first trip is actually ending the day before preview night. I've been debating if I should book a flight directly after my first trip ends or go home to repack lol. I think I may have to repack so I get more luggage room for sdcc stuff.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: rickythump on May 31, 2022, 08:56:38 AM
My Southwest flight price to San Diego dropped (down $114!) today, if you are traveling Southwest might be a good time to check your price and get a refund/credit.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Angology on June 13, 2022, 01:49:22 PM
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My SDCC flight has changed no less than 3 times so far :(
I just saw that mine were changed recently. I fly out a later (almost 2 hours) on Wednesday, and only slightly later on Monday (only about 15 minutes). I have never had that happen. At least it's not too bad (knock on wood).
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: darqamin on June 15, 2022, 06:40:49 PM
At least I don't have to pay for a COVID-19 test anymore to fly to US, requirement dropped in time now for SDCC!

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/covid-19_testing_required_US_Entry.html
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: MarvelGurl on June 20, 2022, 05:34:01 PM
As someone who lives in LA it pained me to buy a $512 ticket from the east coast to LA on July 20th. I got so lucky finding this deal. It is on a third party site so I'm just crossing my fingers. Did some research beforehand, and I purchased it on the Chase Sapphire Card so I feel like I have some protections in place. Next is just another painful $300 purchase for my badge :(
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: rabbitwarren on June 20, 2022, 06:20:39 PM
I bought my tickets with JetBlue in March, during their last decent fare sale. I ended up spending about 47K in points, which was about the same I spent in 2019.

JetBlue has been crap lately though and I’m acquiring a nice nest egg of credits related to 3 hour delays and faulty TVs.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: sessionka on June 20, 2022, 07:40:06 PM
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As someone who lives in LA it pained me to buy a $512 ticket from the east coast to LA on July 20th. I got so lucky finding this deal. It is on a third party site so I'm just crossing my fingers. Did some research beforehand, and I purchased it on the Chase Sapphire Card so I feel like I have some protections in place. Next is just another painful $300 purchase for my badge :(

Sorry to pry, but I'm confused.

If you live in LA, why are you flying into LA from the east coast.

and...

Are you just buying your badge now? How?
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: MarvelGurl on June 21, 2022, 12:15:40 PM
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Sorry to pry, but I'm confused.

If you live in LA, why are you flying into LA from the east coast.

and...

Are you just buying your badge now? How?

I'm bicoastal so I have a place in LA and here on the east coast. One of the many benefits to being 100% remote except when I'm needed on set. To that point, I'm classified as a Professional and badge sales just reopened for that group.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: sessionka on June 21, 2022, 01:26:53 PM
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I'm bicoastal so I have a place in LA and here on the east coast. One of the many benefits to being 100% remote except when I'm needed on set. To that point, I'm classified as a Professional and badge sales just reopened for that group.

That explains a lot!!!   :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Angology on June 23, 2022, 10:23:44 AM
Given the way that flights are going these days, I am beginning to second guess flying out on PN. I don't know if I can take an extra day off work (and the airport is a cruise from my house, so an early flight on PN is not really doable, with traffic around here), but I would hate to be delayed and miss out.
Am I overreacting? I have seen tweets by flight attendants saying to fly a day earlier if possible. Maybe they're talking about weekends. It might help that I am flying out mid-week and not near a holiday weekend.
My original flight was late morning - which gave me some wiggle room, but they changed it to noonish, so I am kinda worried. There is a little wiggle room but still.

Sigh...
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: sessionka on June 23, 2022, 11:00:21 AM
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Given the way that flights are going these days, I am beginning to second guess flying out on PN. I don't know if I can take an extra day off work (and the airport is a cruise from my house, so an early flight on PN is not really doable, with traffic around here), but I would hate to be delayed and miss out.
Am I overreacting? I have seen tweets by flight attendants saying to fly a day earlier if possible. Maybe they're talking about weekends. It might help that I am flying out mid-week and not near a holiday weekend.
My original flight was late morning - which gave me some wiggle room, but they changed it to noonish, so I am kinda worried. There is a little wiggle room but still.

Sigh...

I don't think you're overreacting.  I've never had an issue around flying for Comic-Con, but as I gained more Con experience (and been able to afford it), I've made it a point to fly out earlier, just in case.

BTW...I don't think the flight attendant advice has anything to do with the time of the week you're flying.  I have a family member who works for a major airline.  Of course she can fly for free.  One thing the airline stresses is that their employees NOT try to fly home the day before they have to report to work.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Angology on June 23, 2022, 11:39:19 AM
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I don't think you're overreacting.  I've never had an issue around flying for Comic-Con, but as I gained more Con experience (and been able to afford it), I've made it a point to fly out earlier, just in case.

BTW...I don't think the flight attendant advice has anything to do with the time of the week you're flying.  I have a family member who works for a major airline.  Of course she can fly for free.  One thing the airline stresses is that their employees NOT try to fly home the day before they have to report to work.
What's one more thing to stress about... LOL (nervously) I'll have to discuss with the others. I really don't think I can afford to fly out earlier (I got a decent price on my tickets). I may just have to  hope for the best and take my lumps if something happens. At least I am flying non-stop. I know I will be at the airport SUPER early, just in case.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: debster on June 23, 2022, 12:41:12 PM
A few people I know who have flown lately have had flight issues. I know 3 people in the last week who have missed their connection flights. Hopefully this won’t happen to anyone here!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Transmute Jun on June 23, 2022, 01:06:02 PM
I've heard (form the Points Guy Blog) that Southwest and Alaska (and to some extent, Delta) have already cancelled chunks of their summer schedules, to make sure that they can sustain what is left. The other airlines might be more suspect.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Michael M on June 23, 2022, 05:32:01 PM
I'm starting to think maybe the 3+ hour layovers are a good thing for me now :D
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: alyssa on June 24, 2022, 01:03:26 PM
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I'm starting to think maybe the 3+ hour layovers are a good thing for me now :D

iirc, you're in a good airport terminal to have a long layover ;)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: chachime45 on July 20, 2022, 02:25:31 AM
Heading to the airport in a bit. Please please please Delta, just get me there today.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: chachime45 on July 20, 2022, 08:51:06 PM
And Delta got me here with no delays … whew!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: marcia29 on July 31, 2022, 11:16:56 AM
Is payng for TSA Pre-Check worth it?  Ok, after being practically strip searched this year...I am considering it rather seriously.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Cut That Meat on July 31, 2022, 11:37:55 AM
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Is payng for TSA Pre-Check worth it?  Ok, after being practically strip searched this year...I am considering it rather seriously.

For me, it is. I fly often enough (maybe 3-6 roundtrips in a normal year?) that it's worth it to have the expedited security screening process with the shorter line. I'm also someone who tries to minimize time in the airport as much as possible, and Precheck helps since it'll take me less time to get through that than the normal security line, allowing me to show up at the airport later; I usually aim to get dropped off curbside ~1 hour before my departure, even less if I don't have bags to check.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: marcia29 on July 31, 2022, 11:55:19 AM
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For me, it is. I fly often enough (maybe 3-6 roundtrips in a normal year?) that it's worth it to have the expedited security screening process with the shorter line. I'm also someone who tries to minimize time in the airport as much as possible, and Precheck helps since it'll take me less time to get through that than the normal security line, allowing me to show up at the airport later; I usually aim to get dropped off curbside ~1 hour before my departure, even less if I don't have bags to check.

That looks like a significant time savings!  Worth it.  I found that my time in the airport was the least fun of all.  If I can cut that time...yes.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Michael M on July 31, 2022, 01:12:38 PM
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Is payng for TSA Pre-Check worth it?  Ok, after being practically strip searched this year...I am considering it rather seriously.
Even if I only fly twice a year it's worth it. $85 for five years of TSA pre. Note that some credit cards will also pay for that as a benefit.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: puppy on July 31, 2022, 07:45:27 PM
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Is payng for TSA Pre-Check worth it?  Ok, after being practically strip searched this year...I am considering it rather seriously.

I went to Washington DC with my brothers and dad. The brothers and Dad had TSA Pre-Check. I did not and went in the other line. I got out way before they did. Granted, I think whoever was working there was new and was checking everyone in the Pre-Check line. My brother said it's not supposed to work that way.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: darqamin on August 01, 2022, 10:06:08 AM
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Even if I only fly twice a year it's worth it. $85 for five years of TSA pre. Note that some credit cards will also pay for that as a benefit.

If you live near the Canada/USA border, then Nexus is even better. $50 for 5 years so that you can cross the border easily, use the fast Nexus lanes within Canadian airports, plus it counts as TSA precheck in US airports (at least a Canadian travelling there I can enter my Nexus # as my known traveller number when checking in for my flight which gives TSA precheck on my printed boarding pass, but according to the link below it appears the same for US citizens).   If it is the same way for American citizens living near the border then definitely worth it (I put that caveat because I believe you need to be interviewed near the border at some point for Nexus and the first time you get it they do a big background check of you as compared to TSA I have heard ).

https://thepointsguy.com/news/faq-nexus/
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Jesse O on August 01, 2022, 10:12:36 AM
I used to have Global Entry, which includes TSA Pre-Check. Not only does it save you time when you're going through security pre-boarding (in the US), but it also lets you bypass Immigration when re-entering the US from foreign countries. Plus, you get a nifty little card that allows you to cross the border into Canada and Mexico without going through all the passport nonsense.

Sadly, I let it expire during the pandemic, and I've been waiting for months for them to give me a renewal date. I wound up paying for Pre-TSA in the interim...
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: YouThinkMeMad on August 02, 2022, 11:29:33 AM
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Is payng for TSA Pre-Check worth it?  Ok, after being practically strip searched this year...I am considering it rather seriously.

I actually just started the process. Keeping my shoes on is worth the money. I had no idea it was good for 5 years or I would've done it sooner.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: marcia29 on August 02, 2022, 11:34:17 AM
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I actually just started the process. Keeping my shoes on is worth the money. I had no idea it was good for 5 years or I would've done it sooner.

Yes, I thought it was an annual fee.  From the feedback I have seen here, I am going to do this.  I will be ready next time!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Transmute Jun on August 02, 2022, 03:17:56 PM
It’s a bit of a hassle to set up, because it requires an in-person visit. But renewal (just did it last year) is online and super easy, so the ‘pain’ is one time and all up front.

I never want to fly again without TSA Pre. Minimal wait, don’t have to take off shoes or sweaters/light jackets, don’t have to take out electronics or liquids, no invasive body scans…. No brainer!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: alyssa on August 02, 2022, 04:17:48 PM
yeah, the not taking electronics out is **huge** imho
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Iris on August 02, 2022, 05:30:40 PM
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Is payng for TSA Pre-Check worth it?  Ok, after being practically strip searched this year...I am considering it rather seriously.

I don't have it currently, but I've been meaning to get it for years. I was going to do the process in 2020, but then the pandemic happened. Even though I no longer fly as regularly as I used to (I always thought that even 2-3 roundtrips a year was worth it,) I'm always carrying so many electronics through security that I have to remove and separate as of course they make you put each into a different tray. So between my laptop, switch, possibly tablet, my purse and/or backpack, shoes, etc. I end up with like 4-6 trays and it's such a massive pain.

I flew roundtrip a couple times in late 2020 for medical stuff and the airport was so dead that security (in all the airports I went through) was basically doing TSA pre-check protocol for removing electronics and such for everyone. It was ridiculously nice and I've been meaning to pull the trigger on getting it since. It was also nice to not have to remove my shoes and such considering on one of the trips home I was feeling awful after a minor procedure two days prior where I was supposed to limit mobility and such for a while.

I don't even mind the waiting in line without TSA pre-check, even with pre-check I'd still get to the airport far too early knowing me, it's all about not having to deal with taking so much crap out/off and putting it back afterwards even if it's only like twice a year now lol This was a nice reminder to go ahead and get it done/scheduled (and I need to renew my passport, keep putting that off for various reasons.)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Transmute Jun on August 02, 2022, 05:40:29 PM
 @Iris (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1256)  I was always the kind of person who got to the airport 2 hours+ before my flight. It took me 2 years of TSA Pre to get more comfortable with arriving later. I now get to the airport 30 minutes before my flight boards (so 60 minutes for Southwest flights). 30 minutes is plenty of time to go through security, hit the bathroom and get to my gate before boarding. So nice.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Devorah on August 02, 2022, 07:48:34 PM
Global Entry is only $15 more than TSA Pre, and TSA Pre is included with it.  Also good for five years. If there’s any chance you’ll be traveling internationally this is definitely worth it.

Here’s a breakdown of all the trusted traveler programs. https://ttp.cbp.dhs.gov/


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Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: YouThinkMeMad on August 04, 2022, 05:20:53 AM
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It’s a bit of a hassle to set up, because it requires an in-person visit. But renewal (just did it last year) is online and super easy, so the ‘pain’ is one time and all up front.

I never want to fly again without TSA Pre. Minimal wait, don’t have to take off shoes or sweaters/light jackets, don’t have to take out electronics or liquids, no invasive body scans…. No brainer!

Luckily I have a center around the corner! I feel like they've added a lot more "in person" locations lately.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Michael M on August 04, 2022, 12:12:57 PM
In the same vein, anyone get their Real ID done yet? PA residents need to have one by May next year so I need to get on this.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: accelerate on August 04, 2022, 12:51:24 PM
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In the same vein, anyone get their Real ID done yet? PA residents need to have one by May next year so I need to get on this.

I thought we all had to have Real ID by last October to fly (or you would need a passport), which is why I got mine down earlier this year.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Iris on August 04, 2022, 01:37:15 PM
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@Iris (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1256)  I was always the kind of person who got to the airport 2 hours+ before my flight. It took me 2 years of TSA Pre to get more comfortable with arriving later. I now get to the airport 30 minutes before my flight boards (so 60 minutes for Southwest flights). 30 minutes is plenty of time to go through security, hit the bathroom and get to my gate before boarding. So nice.

You see, I'd like to think I would ever be that chill, and maybe because if what happened with southwest once hadn't I could be, but I don't foresee it happening. I always check a bag and I happened to be flying home from vacation and the entire electronic baggage system for Southwest went down. Luckily, I'd arrived super early because it took about 35-40 minutes to get my bag checked. No one had any idea what to do about it basically and everything was being handwritten onto luggage tags etc. Spoiler: My checked bag never ended up leaving my origin airport that day and had to be put onto a flight the next day to make it back to SD to me after they located it. Totally a completely freak thing that is highly unlikely to ever happen to me again, but it'll always be in the back of my mind.

Devorah's message had me canceling my TSA Pre-Check interview I'd scheduled for mid-August (I have a location down the road from work, so it's pretty convenient now,) because I thought about Global Entry. That will need to wait until I get my passport renewed (I'll try to get it figured out this weekend finally,) but after that...

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In the same vein, anyone get their Real ID done yet? PA residents need to have one by May next year so I need to get on this.

They keep pushing back the general requirement for it (federally for flying,) but I went ahead and got mine early this year. My license needed to be renewed anyway. It was really easy. I had also renewed online twice (so 10 years,) and they were making me go into the DMV again anyway.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: Transmute Jun on August 07, 2022, 06:20:54 PM
@Iris (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1256) that can make a difference. I never check a bag and will go to great lengths to avoid doing so.

We got our Real IDs as our licenses expired. It was the easiest way to do it. Once they actually start requiring it (it’s been delayed so many times) there will be a rush on DMVs to get it.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: sessionka on August 07, 2022, 07:44:05 PM
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@Iris (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1256) that can make a difference. I never check a bag and will go to great lengths to avoid doing so.

We got our Real IDs as our licenses expired. It was the easiest way to do it. Once they actually start requiring it (it’s been delayed so many times) there will be a rush on DMVs to get it.

Some states offer the service to get Real ID's in AAA offices if you're a member.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Air Transportation
Post by: semigeekgirl on August 09, 2022, 10:45:24 AM
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Some states offer the service to get Real ID's in AAA offices if you're a member.

You might want to call ahead and check though even if it looks possible online. I did the RealID process through the CA DMV website and was able to link from there to the AAA website and make an appointment - and then when I showed up to AAA they told me they couldn't do RealIDs there. It was a huge pain to then still have to go to the DMV, and at no point in the online process did it say that AAA could do normal renewals but not RealID.