Now with PAX '09 officially LESS THAN ONE MONTH AWAY
, more and more folks are stapling themselves down with buying the PAX passes and hotel. Usually the last thing to get is flight--at least from what I have seen.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the always up-to-date information for the folks of the young, old, and inbetween who are taking those large winged things in the sky to get to Seattle. Now, why is this always up-to-date? I have no life outside of work and school, so I am on the forums basically 24/7.
Now, there are few important items that must be discussed.
First up! TSA!
So, obviously all you frequent travelers know the deal. When it comes to liquids and you have to carry it on, it must be in a three ounce or small clear container blah-blah. I just needed to to place this on here for safety reasons. For more information--or just want to get useless-and-yet-kinda-useful knowledge into that pretty noggin of yours; please visit the Transportation Security Administration's official website.TSA - A Simple Traveler's Guide
Please note that the link above goes directly to the Travelers tab, which contains the important information of traveling.
Next...FAQ!Q: What airline should I use to travel?A:
Personally, the airline you feel comfortable with and have the convenience you need. For example, the airline that has the appropriate times to leave, good pricing, etc. But when it comes to PAX, just as long it takes off and lands safely at the airport you choose to depart from and to SeaTac.Q: How can I purchase the airline tickets?A:
Using the airlines' direct website is normally good, but there is also the usual:PriceLine
, and CheapTickets
There are also other websites that actually help you to make choosing a bit easier.Yapta
, and Kayak
Please note that the three links above are NOT
ticket distributors; they are aids to help you look at all airlines and travel websites all at the same time. Also, yes, there are plenty more ticket distributors/aids out there; but those are the popular ones and/or the ones that have been mentioned before.Q: I want to bring alcohol for the Exchange/I'm bringing X-Amount of cases of Bawls. How do I get them there?A:
Easiest way is to parcel out to the location you will be temporarily residing during your stay in Seattle. Sending them out via UPS/FedEx/Whatever else is rather easier for a few reasons.
1) YOU do not have to worry about them getting broken while traveling.
2) Less weight to deal with when cargoing your luggage.
3) It's nice to know that there will be a bottle of alcohol/Bawls once you get to the location of temporary residence.
Also, if it is at a Hotel you will be residing, please contact them first before sending out the parcels to make sure that it is okay to do so. And if it is, please also give them a fair warning that there will be parcels arriving there for you. It's just common courtesy.Q: What is the main thing I should pack?A:
Your PAX pass. Duh. Unless you are receiving the passes at Will-Call, then the printed confirmation EMail and a form of photo identification.
Also...Deodorant.Q: Wait a tic! I'm from outside the U.S.A.; do these guidelines apply to me too?A:
Uh, duh, yeah. You are coming to PAX as well. However! For more detailed information for the International Travelers (that does include you Canadians), please visit the International Travellers Guide
.Q: Yippee! I landed safely and my luggage is with me! ...How do I get to Seattle?A:
Well, walking would take FAR too long--especially with all that luggage. You could always cab it, or rent a vehicle, but those cost a good amount of money.
trickycoolj was totally nice to provide the complete details on the transportation.
The transit stop at SeaTac Airport is at the end of baggage claim drive just outside the doors from the international baggage claim on the far south end of the baggage claim area. It's a fancy new area with art you'll know when you find it.
Q: Wait! I am one of the Buttoneers! How am I suppose to get those on the plane!??!!A:
Metro Transit (cheapest):
Note the bus tunnel is only open M-Sat 5am-1am, Sun 6am-midnight, outside of these hours your bus will be routed on surface streets.
Route 194: Take this one. This is an express bus and will take you on the freeway to the downtown transit tunnel.
To Downtown Seattle:
Weekdays: approximately 4x per hour 6am - 9:15pm
Saturdays: approximately 2x per hour 6:30am - 9:00pm
Sundays: approximately 2x per hour 6:30 am - 7:30pm
To SeaTac Airport:
Weekdays: approximately 4x per hour 4:30am - 10:00pm
Saturdays: approximately 2x per hour 4:45am - 9:45pm
Sundays: approximately 2x per hour 4:45 am - 6:45pm
Route 174: This is known as one of the roughest routes in the Metro system. This is a non-express and will take you longer but sometimes it can be the only option. If you ride this route, sit in the front of the bus and don't make eye contact. I've taken it, you'll be fine and will likely get a good story to tell!
To Downtown Seattle:
Weekdays: approximately 2x per hour 4:50am - 2:30am
Saturdays: approximately 2x per hour 5:20am - 2:45am
Sunday/Holiday: approximately 2x per hour 6:25 am - 2:40am
To SeaTac Airport:
Weekdays: approximately 2x per hour 5:20am - 3:30am
Saturdays: approximately 2x per hour 6:14am - 3:30am
Sunday/Holiday: approximately 2x per hour 6:25am - 3:30am
Exception: Monday - Friday 6am-9am and 3pm-6pm is considered "peak" and the airport will be charged a 2-zone fare of $2.50
Fares must be in cash, and exact change. You can feed the box extra, but you won't get change.
For $3 you can get the hippest new ride in town! Link Light Rail! Just opened in July. The only catch is that the airport station is not open yet and you will have to ride a connector bus from SeaTac Airport (at the bus stop outside baggage claim) to the Tukwilla Station. At the Tukwilla Station you can purchase your $3 ticket from the Ticket Vending Machine which accepts cash, debit, Visa, and MasterCard. You may also opt to purchase an Orca Card from the TVM if you plan on spending lots of time in Seattle riding lots of Transit.
From SeaTac Airport to Downtown Link Connector:
Weekdays: approximately 5-6x per hour 5:00am - 11:55pm
Saturday: approximately 4-6x per hour 5:00am - 11:40pm
Sunday/Holiday: approximately 4-6x per hour 6:00am - 12:30am
From Downtown to SeaTac Airport:
The Link Light Rail's first stop is at Westlake Station in the bus tunnel.
Weekdays: every 7-15 minutes, 5:19am - 12:34am
Saturday: every 10-15 minutes, 5:19am - 12:36am
Sunday: every 10-15 minutes, 5:19am - 11:35pm
From SeaTac Airport there is only one taxi company STITA
It is a $40 flat fee to downtown Seattle.
This is a shared van service. I have used it from my home to the airport on numerous occasions and I know they also do hotel stops. If you're going to an outlying neighborhood to stay with friends I highly recommend this service instead of trying to connect to multiple buses or pay high taxi fares. You can also book in advance online so that all you have to do when you leave the van is sign your credit card receipt and leave a tip.
Grey Line Airporter:
$18 flat fee to downtown hotels. I haven't used this service before but it seems to be popular and you can book online.
Luckily, this Q&A is conveniently located in the Buttoneers' FAQ; so I will quote redhalo...
As confirmed by the US TSA and experience from last year, 1' -1.5' buttons are not classified as an instrument of death even if you have a 100, and can be carried on or checked (they did say that depending on the TSA Agent you may be asked [forced at gun point] to check the buttons).
But remember this only applies to people whose flight originates in the US. If you are flying into the US with buttons make sure you check with your TSA equivalent before bringing them on a plane. The TSA people here also highly suggested that you check with US Customs (contact via your local embassy) before you try and bring them into the country (they indicated that the problem isn't with the button it's with what you could be hiding in the button). Recap: If you’re in the US you can fly w/ buttons, if you’re not your probably better off mailing.
The following Link is a Google-Doc of a listing of fellow PAX Flyers. It will be updated throughout the rest of the days until PAX comes around. It's in alphabetical order and the times are currently in 24-hour time along in local time.PAX 2009 Flyers
Also, if you have yet to, please visit the PAX Attendees Map
and dot yourself on the flat map!
Please feel free to post in your comments, stories, questions, flight information, or anything else that can be helpful to all of us flyers.
And do not worry, I will update this OP as time moves on and more folks get their confirmed flight information.
P.S. Have you noticed a lot of thread product-placement? Yeah. Had to pimp them all out to represent all my peeps. Mmm...purple peeps.
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