|By Kathy Golden (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #6) on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 7:10 pm:|
We always have quite an adventure getting to Bonaire from the Pacific NW. Last July I made reservations on United (using miles, that's why so early) from home to Denver and then Denver to Houston, in order to catch the 11:59 Continental flight from Houston to Bonaire on Sunday night. Just checked my reservation (for no reason really...just a feeling?)and found that the Continental flight from Houston now leaves at 11:59 on Saturday night. AND United stopped the Denver/Houston/Denver flights we were confirmed on and didn't bother putting us on any other flights. Just spent an hour with a United agent who was able to get us to Bonaire in relatively the same way only one day earlier. However, we now can't get home on the same day and must overnight in Houston. And that means more baggage fees & a hotel (which United may or may not pick up.) Not the end of the world, I know, but my bottom line is if you booked the Sunday night flight out of Houston a while ago, it is now a Saturday night flight and your connections may be messed up.
|By Patrick Matthew White (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #156) on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 8:13 pm:|
|By R.A.... (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #17204) on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 9:08 pm:|
Its always been Saturday night but it may have come up Sunday since it leaves at nearly midnight.
|By Kathy Golden (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #7) on Monday, January 17, 2011 - 3:02 am:|
Since this is the first time we've used United/Continental through Houston to get to Bonaire (AA thru PR was a little easier) I left it up to the airlines to get us there according to their schedules. So Patrick, you're probably right, their systems probably screwed up to begin with and I just went along with it! The original itinerary had all flights departing on Sunday March 6, even the one at 11:59 p.m. Maybe they figured since we were using miles and not really paying.....
|By Jeff Kehnle (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #178) on Monday, January 17, 2011 - 9:42 am:|
Hey, Kathy -- I remember those American Eagle flights from SJU to BON! Makes me love that Continental red-eye out of Houston all that much more...
|By bob fraser (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #205) on Monday, January 17, 2011 - 11:03 am:|
|By Kathy Golden (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #8) on Monday, January 17, 2011 - 5:57 pm:|
Bob: I got used to the PR layover in our plans, even though it meant starting our travels (which included 4 planes!) at 7:30 p.m. and arriving in Bonaire at 8:30 p.m. the following day! Liked being able to just fall into bed, sleep and be ready to play the next morning. First red-eye we took was two years ago out of Newark, had a long lay-over there but I guess not long enough for one bag to make the switch between airlines. Seems they do better with 1 hour to spare than 8! And Jeff, I certainly am glad I checked...a good thing to always do, esp. if plans are made so far in advance!
|By Patrick Matthew White (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #162) on Monday, January 17, 2011 - 10:51 pm:|
My memory of our last flight on AA to Bon was that ticket holding passengers were denied boarding in PR. The reason: their was already too much in cargo wt. The passengers in the front of the plane were asked to take up seating in the back of the plane during takeoff and landing. While I suppose that it could still happen flying the other carriers, it has not occurred on Delta or Continental for all of our flights. That flight on AA was also delayed for an hour due to them not being able to find all of the flight crew.
|By Jeff Kehnle (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #180) on Monday, January 17, 2011 - 10:57 pm:|
You're right, Bob, it is a matter of perspective. I live in northeast Ohio (aka "the north coast")and when Continental had a non-stop from Cleveland to San Juan, we had probably our best accessibility to Bonaire ever. That flight from SJU to BON was a white-knuckler for me, though. I always wondered when the rubber bands were going to break. As full as that flight tended to be, I was surprised that AA pulled it from their schedule.
|By elaine sculley (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1893) on Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 12:12 am:|
i remember being told there was too much weight on plane and wait and see situation. long layovers and didn't matter if u had reservations or not. hated that place
|By bob fraser (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #207) on Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 10:41 am:|
|By cory (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #131) on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 4:45 pm:|
That PR TO BON flight on AE was a complete mess!
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