|By Joanie (BonaireTalker - Post #24) on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 2:55 pm:|
Contemplating using AA for our Nov trip this year. Can anyone who's gone that route tell me, the routine. Can you check you luggage through to bonaire, and to destination on the return.
|By Josie (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1079) on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 3:04 pm:|
I've used AA for six years now, with no real problems. However, you DO have to pick up your baggage and go through customs in PR -- this is where you re-enter the US. It's pretty simple. You get your baggage, walk through customs as you'd do anywhere, then go around the corner and give them your baggage back.
|By Kelly Baum (GDLW) (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #2827) on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 4:40 pm:|
Josie is right, but just a point of clarification -- you do not have to reclaim your bags in San Juan on the trip TO Bonaire, only on the return flight. This is a huge thing for me, as the hassle of doing it twice is a pain for me personally.
|By C Poteet (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #292) on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 7:33 pm:|
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #13870) on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 8:59 pm:|
Charles, good points as well. The departure waiting area in SJ to Bon can get a little noisy and confusing, with flights called, delayed, and cancelled!
|By Chet Wood (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #586) on Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 7:19 am:|
We've also been through SJU several times; and yes, it is a VERY long hike to immigration! I've always wondered, since you need to ride the bus from the plane to the door(a very SHORT ride, since the planes park close-by), why don't the busses go to a door someplace a lot closer to immigration?
|By Joanie (BonaireTalker - Post #25) on Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 12:20 pm:|
Thank you all, this is exactly the information I was looking for.
|By Linnea Wijkhof-Wimberly (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #854) on Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 1:41 pm:|
I've never gone thru Customs and Immigration without a long walk up, down, all around, and then a wait for the luggage. I think the purpose is to tire you out so you will be unable to fib to the Customs agents about what you are bringing back into the states.
|By Stacy Albarran (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #4) on Monday, July 11, 2005 - 8:34 pm:|
Wow, I wonder if all this is worth the Bonaire experience?? We are planning our first trip to Bonaire in Nov. Have a place to stay (Divi) but no air tickets yet. Need flight from SC. AND will be traveling with an 11 month old. Any advice?
|By Jeanine Clark (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #180) on Monday, July 11, 2005 - 9:01 pm:|
Greetings Stacy! Yes!!!! No matter how horrible your flight, it will be worth it once you get to Bonaire. Don't let this chat scare you off from an incredible experience. Flight issues are just part and parcel, especially going south of the border. I got delayed 12 hours one time flying to Costa Rica and 9 hrs of it was spent sitting on the plane (we couldn't clear customs so we had to stay on the plane). I have never heard stories as bad as that going to Bonaire and I now laugh at my experience going to Costa Rica. Going to the Dominican Republic, we were delayed 5 hours and they sent our luggage a different route and it made it to the DR 3 hours before we did. Flying south is always an "adventure."
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