I don’t know how many people have heard of Allegiant Air, I just caught wind of them earlier this year, but basically it is a carrier flight that offers fairly inexpensive airfare with a few catches. It flies out from airports only on certain days and only to and from certain cities so it’s very limited in where you can travel. For example the one at our airport only goes from Tulsa to Orlando or Daytona Beach and only flies on Mondays and Fridays. Also, since it’s a smaller airline, if there are any issues that require the plane to be grounded then they can’t just put you on another flight. This is the second time we have flown with them and while it’s pretty much as basic as you can get (the seats don’t recline (or offer any butt padding), no complimentary drinks, no inflight entertainment (unless you count crying/coughing babies)). It is quiet a bit cheaper (about $240 round trip) than other airlines and it runs non stop which is a blessing when you have two tiny little mongrels in tow.
However, because they can’t put you on another flight if problems happen I was very nervous leading up to flying day! So much could go wrong – weather, mechanical problems, etc. and the airline couldn’t care less that this is your vacation and that you are on a time schedule. I hate being at the mercy of other’s and I feel that flying definitely puts me there and having no back up sucks. So before you book with Allegiant make sure it’s worth it to you. Jonathan said I stressed out so much that he didn’t think it was, haha!
So how bad was the stressing? Well for 3 weeks before the vacation I worried almost constantly. Will there be delays? What will that do to our reservations? How disappointed would the kids be? It went on like that Until I realized that the point of this vacation is to have an opportunity spend time with my family without having to share them with the rest of the world. Between Jonathan’s work and school and my school and schedule with the kids I rarely get to actually see and/or have a conversation with him. And Jake being in school is a big transition for all of us (I still hear daily about how Emma misses Jacob and how she is sad that Jake misses all the fun). The idea that this vacation was just a chance to be together and that Disney was just the setting made everything a lot easier to handle. Way less stress involved. So if the plane was late, it didn’t matter as long as I was with my family. If it rained every day of our vacation, it didn’t matter as long as I was with my family.
Yes, I am crazy. Yes, I am okay with that. Everyone will be better off once that becomes an excepted truth, haha!
Anyway, lucky for us our flight was on time and we didn’t get sick on the plane ride there.
Our flight was at 5:46 and as I had mentioned earlier Emma had spent the last 6 hours throwing up. It was bad milk! I forgot to smell it and it just turned in her stomach. Poor thing. Luckily for us she stopped getting sick just before we entered the airport but it was an amazingly stressful day!
As a side note: we are driving next time we go, I hate flying. I hate it with a passion! I get so air sick