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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By christine Hughes on Wednesday, June 5, 2002 - 8:37 pm:     Edit PostPrint Post

Well I want to say is thank you for all of your advice with dealing with the airlines flying to bonaire because if you hadnt of warned me I would of been a sad person on July 6 and it would not of been a good way to start of vacation. Today I tried several times to get on phone to confirm reservations and pay for tickets because they said had to be paid for by June 7 so I called and called and couldnt get through but finally got through lady said you leave July 7 and come back July 14 I said I am sorry did I hear wrong did you say July 7 she said yes and I said when I made reservation it was July 6 I asked if she would be so kind as to check if any opeaning for July 6 and whew thier was one. I asked to issue paper tickets and send them to the house I would feel better with paper tickets. So just make sure to follow up when you use this airlines.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ernie Bauer on Wednesday, June 5, 2002 - 10:57 pm:     Edit PostPrint Post

Be very careful with your paper tickets. I thought I was better off also with paper tickets on my last trip but it caused big problems. If your itinerary changes, which happens frequently, you must have those tickets reissued. I was told this wasn't necessary and I got stranded in San Juan without the correct ticket. Even though I was in the computer system correctly they didn't accept this because a paper ticket was issued which overrules what's in the computer. Also a paper ticket is like cash. If you lose it you could be out of luck. AA management advised me to always go ticketless if possible. On the other hand I'm sure we're all familiar with how reliable the computer systems can be. Anyway, just food for thought.

Good Luck


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By gregg brewer on Friday, June 7, 2002 - 7:23 am:     Edit PostPrint Post

I prefer to have paper tickets. I travelled one time to Bonaire (I go regularly) on an E ticket. When leaving Bonaire, they would only check the bags as far as the gate of entry (MIA in this case) without a paper ticket. Even though you have to collect your bags and go thru customs, usually you can dump your bags at the lower level after customs. With the E ticket, we had to collect our bags and recheck them at the ticket counter...we ended up missing our connection


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ann Phelan on Friday, June 7, 2002 - 7:38 am:     Edit PostPrint Post

I bought a f flyer ticket on DL using their partner Air Jamaica (JM). I had been trying using my 70,00 plus DL miles for YEARS..finally someone at JM helped. Anyway, got a call from DL that JM changed their FLIGHT NUMBER from MoBay to BON and that I needed to be re ticketed. For me, that means driving 2+ hours to BOS in severe traffic and then the usual parking chaos...

So, I drive up there (Had to pick up windsurf dudes anyway for the event) and stand in line for an hour..then DL commences to tell me JM must re ticket..I politely tell them the original ticket was issued by THEM and they needed to re issue...I had a run around and left. Called DL yesterday and they said DL at Logan was completely wrong..I have to go back AGAIN!! UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH...

I have heard of re issuing tickets if the price comes down but NEVER for new flight number..YIKES..

I will do NOT want ANY obstacle to getting to BON..

Off to watch the rain..we are supposed to start our event..




Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Roger Huff on Friday, June 7, 2002 - 10:45 am:     Edit PostPrint Post

Ann...we also noticed the flight number changes...I called AJ and asked what to do and they told me don't worry...all the correct information is in our record and that when we check in they will issue our boarding passes with the correct flight need to have reissued...Rog & Karen


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ernie Bauer on Saturday, June 8, 2002 - 5:30 pm:     Edit PostPrint Post

I think you are all correct that tickets generally don't have to be reissued. It's just a matter of how well your ticket agent is able to deal with it when you get to the airport.

In my case flights changed in both directions. Going there was just fine but on the return no one in San Juan knew what to do. Rather than figure it out they told me just to purchase new tickets. It took three hours before I finely reached someone at AA headquarters that knew what to do. It was so frustrating because I actually had a boarding pass for the flight issued in Bonaire and the correct itinerary in their computer. They said however, that they had to verify the boarding pass with the actual ticket. Wouldn't you all think you were set if you had a boarding pass ?

Oh well, it's all worth it when you finely get there.


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