This weekend marks the beginning of summer…as well as the summer travel season.
Florida tourism is already breaking records this year, and this weekend alone, over 2 million Floridians are expected to travel. However, although travel demand is up, there are still some factors — including the ongoing global pandemic, high gas prices, and inflation — that might make travel for many more challenging this summer. Plus it might be a little harder to find flights to Orlando soon on one airline.
Delta Airlines has announced it will be cutting 100 flights daily this summer. This means that there will be fewer flights available through the airline each day, and with the high demand for travel this year, it could mean that the remaining flights sell out fast.
The following was posted to Delta’s website: “In recent months, we’ve made a number of adjustments to minimize disruptions and bounce back faster when challenges occur. And that’s why we’ll be taking additional steps in the coming days and weeks to strategically decrease our flight schedule this summer. From July 1-Aug. 7, we’ll reduce service by approximately 100 daily departures, primarily in markets in the U.S. and Latin America that Delta frequently serves. This will build additional resilience in our system and improve operational reliability for our customers and employees; we’ll continue to proactively adjust select flights in the coming weeks.”
The company cited such challenges as “weather and air traffic control, vendor staffing, increased COVID case rates contributing to higher-than-planned unscheduled absences in some work groups” as the reasoning behind cutting down on the number of flights.
The airline also suggested that those passengers who have already booked flights be sure to check their flight status on either the Delta website or app. Also, flight changes and updates will be delivered directly to email or mobile devices if contact information is included or added later to passengers’ booking information.
This comes several months after a busy holiday travel season that saw multiple airlines canceling flights due to many of the reasons Delta gave for making these changes. Airlines have continued to have problems — even in late January, nearly 5,000 flights were canceled due to winter storms.
So if you’re looking to fly to Disney World this summer, we would recommend booking your flight as early as possible if you plan on flying. For those of you who have already booked a flight, be sure to keep checking your flight’s status to make sure it hasn’t been canceled or changed in any way. If your flight to Disney World gets cancelled, we’ve put together a guide of what to do in that situation.
As always, we’ll keep an eye on the summer travel situation and let you know of any updates. So stay tuned to DFB for more news.
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Will you be traveling to Orlando this summer? Let us know in the comments!
The airlines state that “due to staffing shortages”, they have to cancel flights. So why do they keep booking flights (and taking your money) if they are know they are understaffed?
Hi Gigi I have a question concerning how I pay my Disney bill at completion of my vacation. We have nine in our party and 4 rooms booked in June 2022. If I pay for an Individual Attraction for all nine people it will be charged to my credit card on file. When I am leaving at the end of our vacation can I PAY IN TOTAL MY CHARGE CARD BILL FROM DISNEY WITH MY DISNEY GIFT CARDS? This will make it so much easier for me. Thank you Gigi for your help. Ron
DFB Gigi says
Hi Ron. If you’re staying at a Disney resort, yes, they accept Disney Gift Cards as forms of payment for the rooms, however, if you are staying at one of the Good Neighbor resorts, you might want to call them directly. I called the B Resort and Spa and was told that they do not accept Disney Gift Cards.
Thank you so much Gigi. This will make it much easier for me because we have many Disney Gift Cards. THANKS
DFB Gigi says
I’m always happy to help if I can, Ron! Quick question though…I seem to recall that you previously commented that you would be staying at the B Resort. Did you change your plans? I just wanted to confirm that because the B Resort does NOT accept Disney Gift Cards.
Yes Gigi, we originally booked 3 rooms at the B Hotel in Disney Springs. When I realized the problems we would we would have using their shuttle to the park and back to the hotel, I cancelled the 3 rooms in the B Hotel and booked 3 rooms in the Port Orleans French Quarter. Their shuttle did not work for us with an 8 month old Great Grandson and some members of our family who would sleep late. I did NOT even know when I cancelled the B Hotel that they DID NOT accept Disney Gift Cards. Gigi THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR WONDERFUL ADVICE AND FOR REMEMBERING ME. We all are so happy to be inside the park rather than outside the park. Again Gigi, thank you for all the information and advice you have shared with both me and my family. We will arrive at Port Orleans French Quarter on June 8 until June 15 and I might still have more questions for you. Thanks. Ron
DFB Gigi says
I’m so happy to hear you got it all worked out, Ron. I hope you have an amazing time! (Try the beignets!)
Hi Gigi. What can you tell me about Gideons Bakery in Disney Springs. Everyone loves sweets. Thanks, Ron
DFB Gigi says
Hi Ron. I love Gideon’s! I haven’t personally tried the cakes yet, but the cookies are delicious. They’re big and shareable. Several members of our team also really love the Peanut Butter Cold Brew.