The Dilemma With A Destination Wedding
Got your dress from out of state? Are you having a destination wedding? There is always the question when traveling, What do I do with the dress? Airlines are known for not great customer service and limited options for travelers with special items, especially items as special as your wedding dress. Three major airlines JetBlue, United Airlines and Southwest all have different options for you and your wedding dress. Although the wedding dress would be fine in a box, you never know how it's being packed in the undercarriage. Keeping the dress close and protected is the ideal state to keep the dress in.
Major Airlines Commonly Used For Destination Weddings
When traveling on JetBlue the dress becomes your personal item. JetBlue does not have a hanging closet space available on any of their flights no matter the class the seat is reserved for. So If you were to bring the wedding dress as a personal item the wedding dress would have to be put in the overhead bin during takeoff and landing. You are not allowed to hold onto it during the whole flight either. Having said that, you are allowed to lay the dress underneath the seats as long as it fits. However, this is a viable option because there would be no additional charge. They do consider it a personal item even if it does not necessarily fit the dimensions they say are required. The best choice and most often used when flying on JetBlue is to buy an extra seat and having the dress laid over it. With this option, the seat belt would have to be fastened over the dress to make sure that it doesn’t move around inflight.
Like JetBlue, when flying on Southwest Airlines you are allowed to purchase an additional seat. However, this is to only lay the dress down in front of the seat on the ground. So with Southwest, you are essentially buying the floor space for the wedding dress. Being the only option that they give, it is safe to say Southwest is not the ideal choice for a bride to be.
United Airlines has the best option for flying with your wedding dress. Rather than having to put your dress in the overhead space and worrying about it getting packed in with other bags or laying it below your and people in your rows feet or even buying another seat for your dress. United Airlines has a hanging closet space for no additional charge! You also don’t need to have a seat reservation for any specific class to be able to hang your dress in the closet space. For your convenience, you do not have to call head to be able to use the space, only upon arrival do you tell the flight attendant.
It is much better to have your dress safe in a closet where it will not get tossed around inflight, be cramped in an overhead bin or be charged for a whole extra seat that the gown may or may not be able to be put in. With the option that United Airlines provides you also get the piece of mind knowing exactly where your dress is and how it has been packed onto the aircraft