Any suggestion on when it's safe to buy your plane tickets for graduation?
"They" say about five weeks from a travel date is when you can get the best fares. I'm not sure how accurate that is. I would suggest either getting a refundable ticket, or check the airlines policy in case you have to change your date. Most SR's graduate on the PIR date listed in the form letter. However, things do happen that can delay them. I know that SWA will let you change your ticket w/o a fee. You might check to see if they fly out of your area. Some airlines charge exorbitant fees if you need to change your ticket.
Thank you. You're the second one who has suggested SWA. I know they only fly into Midway and not O'Hare from here, but it's not that much further.
I am wondering the same thing. My husband has been looking into flights as well as Hotels close by. Never been to Chicago so this should be interesting Navigating around.
Woo Hoo, Chicago here we come! God bless em! LOL
Came home tonight hoping to get that Letter in the mail. I am just going to print out the info on the Navy sight just to be safe.
I know. I've only received one. Well two letters in one envelope. But I here they only get to send out mail once a week. I've been watching BOOT CAMP making a sailor episodes 1-6 on YouTube. It's really been informative and kind of helped me to feel I was there with here knowing whats going on. Also, there was one these two young ladies did called NAVY BOOT CAMP it was by Maia. It was pretty cool. I guess it's safe to say I'm a little obsessed! LOL
I have watched those episodes more then once. She and I watched the first 2 together. She was a bit stressed about the Gas Mask. Great series! Helped me to understand some of what She is going through. I watch all the You Tube videos! Lol
So there is no "Safe" time to buy plane tickets. Even after BC plans can and do change right up to the last minute. That said I'd buy from SWA if you can. You can fly into Midway or Milwaukee's Mitchell Airport. If you fly into (MKE) plan to rent a car and not to fly out till really late Sunday or Monday since your sailor will likely fly out of Chicago. With traffic MKE is going to take about the same amount of time to drive to GL. You can book your hotel as soon as you get the PIR date, Sooner is better than later. You can book at the Navy Lodge which is off base in Navy housing or in a private hotel around town. Gurnee is super close. Plan to arrive on Wednesday or early Thurs IF you live on the East coast. You will not have a whole lot of sleep that weekend. Travel delays can kill you and you don't want to be anxious! I found sleeping on Thursday was nearly impossible then of course you are up insanely early Friday and you might get a nap before you have to leave to see your sailor off at the airport at midnight-1 am. but you won't sleep again till they are on the plane to A school! If you are lucky enough to get to have your sailor for the whole weekend then you may get a little more sleep but not much so plan accordingly! I'd say start planning now and book flight tickets after the first phone call. (usually 5-6 weeks out). IF YOU DO NOT book with SWA then try and get transferable tickets as far out as you can. Travel insurance does NOT cover changes to PIR dates!!
Hi Stephanie, first I would like to Congratulate you, second here is some info on flights, I have heard some Mothers using the Sandboxx and were very impressed.
You do not have to book refundable tickets. Some airlines, such as Southwest, will allow you to change flights without an additional charge. If you book using https://travel.sandboxx.us/, then there is no change fee if there is a change in your recruit's PIR date.
I absolutely Love Sandboxx! I send her a letter everyday! We will definitely be using it for our Travel.
Good Morning Jana, quite a few Moms have used the Sandboxx for travel and Loved it, in fact one of the Moms booked flight tickets and ended up having to switch dates and she had no hassle and was not charged, its a try! hope it works just as well with your plans.