|By Susan Taft on Monday, March 18, 2002 - 7:47 pm:|
I have been reading with interest all of the tips and adventure stories about the early AA flight from Bonaire to SJ including a recent trip report detailing 7 people not being allowed on the flight. We travel to Grenada every year and AA is now using the turbo props but I do not remember anyone being denied boarding as long as they arrived at least thirty minutes before departure. I am not thrilled about having to arrive at the airport at 4am for our 6:10 departure in April but will do so (and then sleep on the beach in SJ while waiting for my 3pm flight!) But here is my question -- has anyone had similar problems getting on the flight from Puerto Rico TO Bonaire? Or is this just a problem leaving Bonaire? 25 days and counting -- hooray!
|By Chet Wood on Tuesday, March 19, 2002 - 8:59 am:|
|By Robin Sexton on Sunday, March 24, 2002 - 4:23 pm:|
How about that flight from San juan on AA? It is just a prop plane? How comfortable and how bumpy??
|By Ann Phelan on Sunday, March 24, 2002 - 5:00 pm:|
Hey Robin, I have been flying in and out of SJU since 87 and still hate it. The planes are small (ask for seats in the back) and noisey and bumpy. It is a short flight but still I deplore it so.
|By C Poteet on Sunday, March 24, 2002 - 9:32 pm:|
|By Chuck Stauffer on Wednesday, March 27, 2002 - 12:48 pm:|
Chet..thanks for your experience with AA inbound to Bonaire. I will be on it this Friday night from SJ and hope it goes a bit smoother. Do you suggest then taking a nights clothing in a carry on?
|By Chet Wood on Wednesday, March 27, 2002 - 1:47 pm:|
|By Susan Taft on Wednesday, March 27, 2002 - 3:11 pm:|
Thanks everyone! As I said in my original post we do the AA San Juan flight and American Eagle to Grenada each year and have never had a problem with connections or luggage. When I started reading some of the posts about the long lines and people being denied boarding I got a little tense -- but as the days get fewer to our trip to Bonaire I am getting into my "hey, relax, it's vacation and things will work out!" mode. Only 12 more work days til we arrive in Bonaire on the 13th! I would leave today if I could!
|By Kate Hickson on Sunday, March 31, 2002 - 12:49 pm:|
The SJU-BON-SJU run seems to be a mixed bag. On my way down (Feb 28), the flight left BOS late, so we missed our flight to BON, barely. I ran to the AE gate, with minutes to spare, and they wouldn't let me on because my luggage would never make it. "I don't care about my luggage. I'll get it tomorrow" I said. "Well, we do. You can't travel without your luggage." Funny, when it's their fault, and they lose your luggage, you sure travel without it. Went to get re-ticketed, and the following day was sold out and overbooked, so I had to spend 2 nights in SJ. The desk was a mob scene...seems like half the flight missed AE connections to the whole Caribbean. When I checked in the hotel, the guy at the desk said they had 75 check-ins from American that night. They really need to get their act together. Going home from BON to SJU, I got to Flamingo Airport early due to the horror stories I read here about people being denied boarding because they weren't there early enough. It was a piece of cake. I even saw a couple arrive for check-in at 6:15, waltz right up to the desk and get their boarding passes. At that point, I'd already been there almost 2 hours!! Anyway, good luck.
|By Glen Reem on Sunday, March 31, 2002 - 3:58 pm:|
Flying with your own baggage is a US federal rule since 9-11 not AE's doing. Don't know what happens now if they slip up and the baggage doesn't get aboard and you do.
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