|By KOB (LBR32) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #461) on Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 9:23 am:|
Trying to use Continental miles to get to BON in September. Apparently no FF seats available through Newark or Houston on the dates we want (9/17 depart). So thinking of Miami, then connect to Insel. Plenty of time to connect on the way to BON, but the connection looks tight on the way back.
|By Gwen Kessell (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #4) on Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 9:25 am:|
Customs is rough in Miami, I'm not sure two hours is enough time.
|By Ruth van Tilburg (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1530) on Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 12:23 pm:|
Not on a Saturday. Even if you breeze thru immigration, pick-up baggage, & clear customs...CO probably wants you at their check-in counter 2 hours ahead of time at MIA. IF you got checked into CO, you'd still have to make it thru security & to your gate.
|By KOB (LBR32) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #462) on Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 2:55 pm:|
Thanks Ruth & Gwen. It looks like we'll have to spend an evening in MIA on the way home.
|By DIVER DEBBI (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #680) on Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 3:06 pm:|
I just got Holiday Inn in Miami on Priceline for $80...includes shuttle from airport..otherwise everything is expensive...we will do same overnight in MArch because we cannot make the connection in time..oh well..one more nite to say we are on holiday..but wish it was Bonaire, not Miami airport
|By KOB (LBR32) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #463) on Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 3:07 pm:|
Thanks, Debbi. That's a pretty good price for MIA airport area.
|By Lori Mulhisen (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #104) on Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 8:50 am:|
What is up with the lack of Reward seats on Continental to BON? I cannot find any Reward seats whatsoever either through EWR or IAH from now until the beginning of January 2012 on the Continental website! Previously, if Continental had the flight and Reward seats were unavailable, the search would return a page showing each flight but the select button would be grayed out and it there would be gray type indicating it was unavailable. Please tell me that Continental did not pull BON from its pool of available Reward seats!
|By Freddie................someoneisawizeass (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #15599) on Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 9:05 am:|
Lori did you call continental... I sometimes find that easier,last time I did a internet search and there were no seat available for FF but when I called the airline I got right in on the dates I wanted,, Just a thought..
|By Ellen Robinson (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #2) on Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 6:05 pm:|
I had to call Continental to get my reward flights bet EWR and BON. I also had to pay a fee for each ticket for over the phone booking.
|By Bill Mosel (BonaireTalker - Post #20) on Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 9:19 pm:|
I got my CO FF tickets 2 months ago for a flight next week. Got them over the internet. No problem.
|By Lizard0924 (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #498) on Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 10:32 pm:|
CO does have reward tickets available to BON, but just like Ellen, I had to call to find available flights. Oh, and calling to talk to a real, live person costs an extra $25....how nice.
|By Mike Truesdell(Bellafonte condos) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #129) on Monday, February 21, 2011 - 7:40 pm:|
|By KOB (LBR32) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #482) on Monday, February 21, 2011 - 10:00 pm:|
Thanks, Mike. Will give them a call.
|By Lizard0924 (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #500) on Monday, February 21, 2011 - 11:26 pm:|
KOB - the $25 fee was to have the person make my reservation over the phone (instead of me doing it myself online). Of course, since the available reward ticket wasn't showing up online, I didn't really have a choice other than to call. I felt very ripped off.
|By Rick (BonaireTalker - Post #14) on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 1:51 am:|
I have reported the Reward Miles to Bonaire web-site problem to Continental several times for the last 6 weeks or so. They know about it. They just decline to fix it. I was told that the info has not be loaded ... but there are Reward (Award) mile tickets available....but you do incur The $25 fee.
|By Lori Mulhisen (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #105) on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 7:12 am:|
Sounds to me like we have a valid complaint to file with the FAA or the Attorney General's Office for Continental's deceptive practice of declining to load the Reward seats so they can charge the $25 phone reservation fee--especially since it appears they have been given prior notice of the problem!
|By Tom Schamp (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #662) on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 10:30 am:|
The FAA is not at all involved with stuff like this.
|By Craig Cap (BonaireTalker - Post #22) on Friday, March 4, 2011 - 9:57 am:|
ruh roh. In a couple weeks, we are booked on the Saturday Insel flight from BON that arrives in MIA at 2:40, with our departing American flight leaving at 4:30. Wish us luck! Good news is that it's a Saturday, so we don't have to get back for work the next day, and, we have a friend who lives in South Beach that we're actually staying a night with on the front end - the way over to BON. I just wonder how the airline may handle this - if there will be any consideration ($$$) if we miss our AA flight due to customs; i.e, if they would waive a change fee if we missed...due to their crappy customs process (we had similar issue going through Atlanta in past).
|By KOB (LBR32) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #511) on Friday, March 4, 2011 - 10:02 am:|
Craig -- good luck. I just bit the bullet and reserved a room in MIA on the way back, then fly Sunday morning to get home. I'm just sayin'
|By Ruth van Tilburg (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1561) on Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 9:25 pm:|
Craig, ruh-ro is right. The airline is not responsible to pay for your lodging if you miss the flight due to insufficient connection time/customs/gates not ready/acts of God, etc. If you were on AA all the way from CUR, and they allowed the booking, possible-but not between airlines. MAYBE, they'd be kind and waive the change fee if you beg the AA counter personnel for mercy. Hope for the best, plan for the worst.
|By Craig Cap (BonaireTalker - Post #24) on Monday, March 7, 2011 - 3:04 pm:|
Thanks KOB, we too!
|By SkyQueen (BonaireTalker - Post #47) on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 10:56 am:|
Craig - I've made a connection from Insel Air to AA a couple of times. I had 3 hours but I've always made it. The worst time - took 2 hours to get thru immigration because the computers were down.
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