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Old 01-27-2017, 04:45 AM
 
Location: Columbia, MD
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I apologize if this question sounds a bit elementary but it is something I would like to know.

For a scheduled early morning flight departure, do you typically need to make a reservation with the front desk to use the complementary shuttle? If so, is it something one typically does at check-in the day prior? Just curious.
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Old 01-27-2017, 05:06 AM
 
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I think this something you should ask the receptionist at the front desk of the hotel when you check-in (as this may vary from hotel to hotel).
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Old 01-27-2017, 07:01 AM
 
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My experience has been that the airport shuttle leaves in intervals, like every 20 minutes or something, so you just show up out front and wait for the next one.

That being said, I would also ask the hotel specifically. If your flight is very early, you want to find out if the shuttle is 24 hours or if they have specific hours, too, in case you need to leave before they start running.

Often the details of the shuttle are listed on the website for the hotel.
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Old 01-27-2017, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Different hotels have different policies and schedules. Ask them directly.

Years ago, I had a very early am flight. Turned out that I needed to leave for the airport before the shuttle service started. I ended up having to take and pay for a taxi.
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Old 01-27-2017, 07:22 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Yes, You should ask/tell the front desk at check-in what time you expect to take the shuttle.

Some Airport Hotel Do Not do 24x7 Shuttles, Especially if the airport does not have a "24x7" schedule. Often the Shuttles end about 1hr after the last flight of the night comes in, and 2hr before the 1st flight goes out.

Hotel also often share a shuttle with several hotel under same "Parent" Flag, The Marriott Shuttle, May also stop at Courtyard, The Fairfield, Etc.

Some do have a passenger "list" for the early morning shuttles, Since there are a lot of people going out in as small time frame. There are only so many seats on the Shuttle/Bus, If its full then you wait for the next one, or for it to make its return cycle. The "list" help ensure you have a seat around the time you need it, and they don't fill it up at the 1st stop (Hotel), and skip your hotel that cycle. If the hotel(s) are used by Crews, on some of the big Wide Bodies, Just the Crew could fill a bus, since the Airlines give the hotel lots of room nights, they will get on the Shuttle before you, even if you are in line before them/
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Old 01-27-2017, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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I have seen hotels that require you to sign up the night before even if running on a set schedule. Others that are first come first serve.
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Old 01-27-2017, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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Hotel also often share a shuttle with several hotel under same "Parent" Flag, The Marriott Shuttle, May also stop at Courtyard, The Fairfield, Etc.

Anymore it does not even have to be hotels under the same "Parent" flag. I now often see hotel owners that own hotels from multiple competing hotel chains. If the properties are close to each other the same shuttle may service all of them.
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Old 01-29-2017, 07:51 AM
 
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There's nothing to lose by telling the front desk that you'll want to use the shuttle in the morning, so why not?

I always make sure to tell the front desk, no matter what time I'm leaving. Some hotels have shuttles that leave regularly, but I want to know at what intervals so I can be out front waiting in time to catch my flight. Others may only send the shuttle out when there is demand, so I have to tell them or I'll be without a ride.
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Old 01-29-2017, 01:28 PM
 
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Policies are very varied. You need to talk with the reception.
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Old 01-29-2017, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Midwest transplant
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We always ask at check in if we need to sign up for a time slot or what time and intervals the shuttle will run. They are usually helpful and knowledgeable about lead time for domestic and international flights and keeping track of how many people will need to be moved in the morning.
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