|By monte pace (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #2) on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 7:48 am:|
we are planning a trip in sept. any input to which carrier to use. AJ flys out of houston with connection in MB but only 35 min to catch the plane out. AA flys out of dfw with 1:50 min layover in SW. has anyone used these carriers recently and what problems. AJ is 300 bucks cheaper but concerned whith short layover. our last flight to bonaire 5yrs ago was direct from DFW. looks like direct flights are gone.
|By Tom Cousino (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1377) on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 9:14 am:|
Monte, Welcome to Bonaire Talk!
|By Greg Zeneski (BonaireTalker - Post #63) on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 10:19 am:|
We just got back from a great trip using AA. MIA-San Juan- Bon and back. No problems at all - just pay close attention to announcements at the gates in San Juan.
|By Gary Long (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #109) on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 10:45 am:|
Monte, we live in Houston and have used AJ many times and have not had problems connecting planes to Bonaire. One more good thing is you arrive in Bonaire at 2:30 PM
|By Pauline Kayes (BonaireTalker - Post #49) on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 11:08 am:|
Monte, You might want to be aware, however, that in the last few months, AJ has cancelled flights to and from Bonaire and had a number of other difficulties. The word is that their CEO and Board have all quit, that they are on the verge of bankruptcy (like every other airline), and are having operational difficulties. I prefer AA even though they are not always on time.
|By Marcus L. Barnes (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #224) on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 11:35 am:|
We have used the AA route through San Juan for the last 4 years with no problems.
|By Susan R. (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #350) on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 12:36 pm:|
We have used AJ four times in the past three years. On one return flight, three years ago, we did miss the connection in MB. There were some equipment issues on the Boston leg delaying the departure from Bonaire. AJ put us up for the night at an all-inclusive resort and flew us out the next morning. Also gave us each a $75.00 off coupon good for our next airfare purchase. Have had no qualms about using AJ since.
|By Carole Baker (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #4605) on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 6:52 pm:|
Uh, oh....I'll have to go read our travel/trip interruption insurance coverage to see if we get reimbursed if AJ folds....I certainly hope they don't as we love flying with them...have used them for all of our trips to Bonaire.
|By Israel A. Sanchez (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #146) on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 7:49 pm:|
From the AJ website. I guess this is as much as we'll know for now. Coach Izzy
|By Israel A. Sanchez (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #147) on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 7:50 pm:|
Another one. Coach Izzy
|By Bob Birk (BonaireTalker - Post #52) on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 9:17 pm:|
Hmmm, this is probably why I haven't seen a refund for my Miami to Mo Bay that they cancelled. I call, they shuffle me around, no one seems to know what's going on. They promise someone will call me back, no one does, emails unanswered. Doesn't that sound like a government is directly involved? I will be in Bonaire Saturday, if they don't cancel that flight. Maybe a little sun will improve my attitude.
|By Bob Birk (BonaireTalker - Post #53) on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 10:12 pm:|
Whoa, just got my phone bill for my calls to Air Jamaica in mo Bay. One call was $75. I would estimate $70 of that was on hold or being transferred. Maybe I should just cut my losses.
|By David Kaye (BonaireTalker - Post #34) on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 11:11 pm:|
Bob: Would VOIP work to Jamaica?
|By Carole Baker (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #4606) on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 11:16 pm:|
Thanks for posting the website information/bulletins, Coach. At least it sounds like AJ will continue to fly at least for the six month period in questions (Dec 23 and forward).
|By Carole Baker (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #4607) on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 11:18 pm:|
Monte, to respond to your original question, as mentioned by other folks AJ does generally tend to hold other connecting flights for their passengers. The airport is fairly small...at least it is mostly a lonnnnnggggg straight run to the next flight. You should be OK.
|By monte pace (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #3) on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 7:10 am:|
thanks for all the replys. i am going with AJ and take my chances for 300 bucks. i guess all the problems( no dive gear, missed flights etc.)
|By Andrea & Dave Bartlett (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #116) on Friday, February 4, 2005 - 4:06 pm:|
Monte, Check wit AJ again. Looks like the Houston to MoBay connection will be canceled on April 3,2005. New post early this morning concerning this.
|By Linnea Wijkhof-Wimberly (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #814) on Friday, February 4, 2005 - 5:08 pm:|
If you have already bought AJ tickets, be sure to go to www.travelguard.com and buy trip insurance.
|By Ann Phelan (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1678) on Friday, February 4, 2005 - 5:18 pm:|
Great idea Linnea..if you need anymore info on Travelguard, email me as I am a licensed agent for this company.
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