DME and baggage question
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DME leaves to go back to the airport 3 hours before your departure time, giving you plenty ...
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DME leaves to go back to the airport 3 hours before your departure time, giving you plenty of time to check your bags and get through security.
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This was in another post. I thought I read somewhere else that with DME you check your bags at the resort and get checked in for your flight at your resort too, thus allowing you to simply walk to your gate when you get to the airport. Which one is correct?
That's if you are flying on a participating airline. (From AllEarsNet.com, these include American, Continental, Delta (including Song), JetBlue, Northwest, and United) You can take your luggage to the airline check-in desk in the lobby and take care of it anytime on the day of your departure.
If you are on a non-participating airline, you have to schlepp your bags to the DME bus and collect them again at the airport. Then you have to check-in with the airline.
We also flew United, it worked great. Just check your bags and get your boarding passes in the early morning at your hotel. Hop on to the DME bus and walk to the gate. We had one bag missing, but was dropped off the next day. Even though one bag was delayed, I highly reccomened DME.
And you don't have to be taking DME back to the airport to utilize the resort airline desk check in. On our last two trips we had a rental car and just checked our big bags in the AM, got our boarding passes, then contintued on with our day. All members of your family must check in together with ID to get your bording basses at the resort airline check in desk. At some resorts like COR and OKW, the desk is outside....
Even if you are using one of the participating airlines that does not mean that you are guaranteed resort check in for your bags and airline tickets. They have a disclaimer on the printout that they slip under your door for your DME pickup time. This happened to us last week and I was very upset. We were flying Delta and had no problems on the way down, but were told at the resort that we had to check in at the airport, with DH in the wheelchair, 6 checked bags and 4 carry on bags, it was a bit of a pain to have to lug all that from the bus port into the airport. I was looking forward to this service and the woman at Bell Services told me that alot of people were upset that day because it happened several times. The worse part is that DME check in starts at 5:00 a.m. but Bell services doesn't open until 7:00 a.m., so I went down around 6:00 to check in and when I was told that I had to check in at the airport, I still had to wait until 7:00 to get Bell services to hold me luggage so we could go to the park.