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Getting to Bonaire: Air Jamaica via Miami
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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Josie on Friday, December 1, 2000 - 7:57 pm:     Edit PostPrint Post

Looking at the Air Jamaica website, it appears that the Boniaire-Montego Bay flight leaves BON at 4:05 pm, arriving MoBay at 5 pm. The last flight MoBay to Miami departs at 5:15 pm. It therefore seems that you'd need to overnight in MoBay. However, I'm sure I've read that people have done the BON-Miami stretch the same day. Can anyone give any insight here.

Although we live in Rochester, NY (which is hell to get anywhere from), we may travel to Florida for a family event in February, and it would be very nice to then go on to our favorite island.

An alternative, of course is to return via another AirJam gateway. Either way, I suppose we have to have an overnight somewhere, even if there was a later flight we could catch to say NYC or Baltimore, we probably couldn't get from there back to Rochester in the same day.

Any insights, experience to share? Thanks,

 

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Clay Lansdown on Saturday, December 2, 2000 - 8:50 am:     Edit PostPrint Post

I believe an overnitght stop is inevitable. We have friends that also live in Rochester and they chose Chigago as their overnight stop.

We picked Baltimore, but we live in NH and wanted to leave from Manchester, NH to avoid Boston's Logan airport.

We are all going to Bonaire next May.

 

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Glen Reem on Saturday, December 2, 2000 - 1:47 pm:     Edit PostPrint Post

Josie,

Other posts here a few months ago spoke to
similar short scheduled times between arrival
and departure at MB from other gateways.
They said that AJ 'always' holds the departing
flight to Bonaire for the arrivals so that no
overnite is required. Try going back in history
on Bonaire Talk to find those. It does make
sense for AJ to do this. As I remember, one or
two times they waited for a quite delayed
arrival.

Where do you live in Rochester? I lived on
Yarmouth Road in Browncroft and then on
Ellingwood Drive out in Pittsford through my
high school years. It was a year or two ago.
Please don't just name a street- at this point I
will just remember where the towns are. I
have noticed on the weather maps that the
dreaded 'lake effect' has already struck this
year.

 

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Glen Reem on Saturday, December 2, 2000 - 1:50 pm:     Edit PostPrint Post

Josie,

That previous note should have spoken of
both down and back. As I remember it, the
wait for arrival does work both ways.

 

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ellen Muller on Saturday, December 2, 2000 - 10:01 pm:     Edit PostPrint Post

Glen and Josie, I lived in Riverton, a planned community just outside of Rochester, about 25 years ago....until the "dreaded lake effect" with 20ft. of snow the last year that we lived there chased me away. I moved first to Florida then to Bonaire!

 

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Josie on Monday, December 4, 2000 - 8:08 pm:     Edit PostPrint Post

Hi, Glen & Ellen, we've lived in East Irondequoit, bordering Durand Eastman Park, for 20 years now --- and love it, as long as we can go somewhere during the Jan-Feb period. We managed a month in Bonaire this year, and that did nicely! Where we live is a very special neighborhood, and our biggest problem is the deer herd (despite the fact that we are 15 minutes from downtown, and only 5 minutes from major grocery store, library, cinema, mall etc.) High class problem, right!?

We actually haven't had any nasty stuff so far, even when Buffalo received two 20+ inch snowfalls a day or so apart. We've had just an inch or so a couple of times (we don't even notice that!)

I'm wondering if Air Jamaica will actually take a reservation with such short connection times that show. It rather looks as if we might have to overnight at a gateway city on the way down, and then overnight in MoBay on the way back, but can then get from MoBay all the way home the same day. This airline mess is my biggest complaint about living in Rochester, I think. It's always a pain, and we generally use Toronto as a gateway as it's more convenient. Wonder if we should consider a few days in Jamaica if we have to do an overnight there?

We'll get there somewhere, I'm sure. Just takes some figuring out. I don't seem to be able to make Expedia or Travelocity work with this sort of itinerary. I guess it's because of having to overnight --- they just say there's nothing that meets our request.

 

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Glen Reem on Monday, December 4, 2000 - 9:07 pm:     Edit PostPrint Post

Josie,

Do a search here on "Air Jamaica", all time,
text. You will see the comments by Jake and
others who fly AJ frequently. I did this earlier
today and had many hits. Perhaps one of
them can comment here also. Somewhere
someone commented that Expedia/Travelocity
won't take because of the short, less than
regulation, nominal between flight times but
they describe how they made the reservations
that worked.

Have no fear, Bonaire Talk is here!!!

You certainly are available for 'lake effect' up
there. I used to like walking out on the western
breakwater just to be in the middle of the lake.
And, of course, to go for hamburgers at Dewey
and Reg or Don and Bob's at -- Sea-
something--would you believe it, I have
forgotten the name--and then to watch the
submarine races along the lake at the park.
Ah, those were the days. Rochester really is
nice country.

 

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By thomas brossard on Monday, December 4, 2000 - 10:25 pm:     Edit PostPrint Post

In my expierience AJ would not take a reservation with the short connection times, but you can still make them yourselves through other outlets.

Another US port for AJ is Ft. Lauderdale. Perhaps that will help some of you with connections to points north.

 

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Brian J. Walsh on Tuesday, December 5, 2000 - 10:18 pm:     Edit PostPrint Post

Glen
It is Sea Breeze and don't forget Custard at Abbots in Charlotte.

 

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Glen Reem on Wednesday, December 6, 2000 - 4:15 pm:     Edit PostPrint Post

Brian,

TKS. The whole name finally came in the
middle of the night, one of those times the
mind is able to break through our walls of the
present.

Never got to Abbot's; came up Goodman or
straight up Culver Road from the East Avenue
area most of the time. Just didn't happen to
find Abbot's when going to the breakwater.
And, of course, I was doing that in 1945-47! It
is remarkable that Don & Bob's still is in
business--at least it was a few years ago,
both at Sea Breeze and in Brighton. Ate there
everytime I went back--still the best
hamburgers anywhere. Dewey & Reg's were
better but they went to FL in the 50's. Dreaded
lake effect, etc. No longer two hamburgers
and a milk shake w/ an extra scoop of ice
cream, though. It got so that D&R started the
order when I drove up. And my girl friend put
up w/ it!

At the rate we are going here, we can have a
Rochester reunion on the island. Ellen can
host a barbecue. ( I am good at suggesting
things for others to do. :))

 


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