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|Sun, 09-28-2003 - 12:38pm|
My husband (former Marine), now works for Southwest Airlines. As a benefit, himself, i and our children all get to fly free unlimited anywhere Southwest flies. His mother also gets these benefits, but rarely uses them.
Our families EXPECT us to be home every few months. With free flight benefits, there is no reason for us not to. But unforntunately with the way flights are set up with Southwest, there is alot of hoping and layovers. And the "simple" flight from Salt Lake City to Dallas can have up to two layovers and can take us up to 8 hours to get there. Flying with a 3 year old isn't fun, but flying with a 3 year old with PDDNOS is PURE HELL.
Now that i am pregnant, and will be having a new born in Feb, they think these flights will continue. Well, they are wrong. Many times by the time we get to Dallas, she is spazzing out, both of us need a hard stiff drink, and we are already miserable and regretting we did this. Add different schedules, different cars, different houses, alot of people. GRRRRR They wonder after a few days why we are ready to go home. It is a total pain.
So i just thought i would tell you. You didn't mention where you are flying from. But if you can get a direct flight, that would make all the difference in the world. Take lots of favorite snacks, drinks, and i have found a magnadoodle does wonders. I have asked for decks of cards from the flight attendants and used them as flashcards when nessacary. Take advantage of preboarding, and carry cash for the stuff drink if you need it. ;)
Like i said, i know you didn't ask, but boy, have i been there several dozen times. Now the thought of having a newborn while dealing with my daughters meltdowns is just NOT my idea of a "vacation".