|By Julie Banks on Monday, November 27, 2000 - 12:52 pm:|
I have two questions on dealing with ALM:
|By Dean Botsford on Monday, November 27, 2000 - 1:07 pm:|
We recently flew (last week) AA from Miami to Curacao with a transfer to ALM to Bonaire. No problem with our luggage showing up in Bonaire. Assuming you get on the flight from Bonaire at 2:20 you should have no problem making the 3:45 flight to Miami. One thing, we did not know we would have to go through customs in Curacao (instead of being in the transit area). No problem with customs, BUT, we had to pay an airport tax of $20 per person to get back into the departure area (the same transit room) to leave Curacao and go to Miami. This was totally unexpected.
|By Julie Banks on Monday, November 27, 2000 - 1:42 pm:|
|By Lorraine Meadows on Monday, November 27, 2000 - 2:40 pm:|
We traveled this Oct,out of JFK, on American to Miami then ALM to Bonaire, very uneventful arrived within 20 min. of schedual.I believe in "The luck of the draw" when it comes to flying anywhere lately. Have a great trip, getting there is part of the adventure sometimes.
|By Susan at Bon Bini Divers on Tuesday, November 28, 2000 - 7:25 am:|
Dean, FYI, if you had shown all your connecting tickets as proof that you were truly "in transit" you shouldn't have needed to pay the extra $20.00 departure tax from Curacao. The next time you fly AA, and am re-entering, just have all your tickets and boarding passes ready and you should be fine.
|By Dean Botsford on Tuesday, November 28, 2000 - 9:07 am:|
Bummer. The ticketing agent for AA at Curacao said we had to pay the tax, so we did. Thanks for the info.
|By michael gaynor on Tuesday, November 28, 2000 - 9:09 am:|
I have notified the Dept of Tourism and they will address the issue so it wont happen again to any unsuspecting visitors.
|By Peggy Bowen on Tuesday, November 28, 2000 - 12:01 pm:|
When this almost happened in Aruba a while ago, we got a 'pass' from the booth where you paid the departure tax. All we had to do was show our connecting tickets and our ticket stub from our arriving plane.
|By Kate Hickson on Tuesday, November 28, 2000 - 12:46 pm:|
Julie- Yes, you just check your bags all the way through from your departure city, then you won't make the mistake Dean did by not going to the "in transit" section to go to the carousel to get his bags and end up paying the departure tax. Even if you make that mistake, they should never make you pay...that's sleazy. I had great luck with ALM and all connections in early November (coming and going), but you just never know.
|By Linda Richter - NetTech on Tuesday, November 28, 2000 - 1:25 pm:|
If you are flying ALM to Curacao and then connecting to AA, you do pickup your bags in Curacao and check them back in with AA. American Airlines does not like ALM's baggage handling and will not transfer the luggage for you.
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