tallguy14
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Who Has Flown SJU - SXM?

Sun Mar 12, 2006 7:54 am

Flying between San Juan and St Maarten 11Nov-18Nov. We'll probably fly American Eagle because I feel a little uneasy with upstart airline Caribbean Sun. We had a bad experience flying ALM a few years ago between SJU and Curacao, and fortunately American Eagle rescued us.

How's the ride between San Juan and St Maarten? Do the flights generally run on-time?

What fare can we expect to pay in November? The lowest fare in Expedia/Travelocity/Orbitz/AA.com is $267 roundtrip. That seems steep.

Thanks everyone!

Jeff
 
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RE: Who Has Flown SJU - SXM?

Sun Mar 12, 2006 8:08 am

I flew AE on that route a couple of years ago. You get an old ATR that shakes so badly you'd think every screw is about to come out, but you'll get there safely enough.

Buy your ticket as soon as you know exact dates. If you're flying on a Saturday, remember that Saturdays are time share days when the time share rooms rotate and flights are packed.
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RE: Who Has Flown SJU - SXM?

Sun Mar 12, 2006 8:08 am

Quoting Tallguy14 (Thread starter):
We'll probably fly American Eagle because I feel a little uneasy with upstart airline Caribbean Sun.

Caribbean Sun/Star has been in existence since the beginning of the millenium. If you want peace of mind (not sure why you want to anyway, I've heard positive comments about ZQ's flights) flying AA Eagle, then you will have to pay a premium.
 
tallguy14
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RE: Who Has Flown SJU - SXM?

Sun Mar 12, 2006 8:18 am

The reason I feel a little uneasy about CS is because of many bad experiences related to me about intra-Caribbean airlines, and ALM in particular. ALM cancelled our flights in both directions SJU-CUR-SJU a few years ago, and though everything turned out fine we still lost two days of vacation. It's reasonable to prefer flying a more reliable carrier like AE.
 
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RE: Who Has Flown SJU - SXM?

Sun Mar 12, 2006 9:27 am

You can go on AA 1937, AA 1692 going back both on 757...
 
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RE: Who Has Flown SJU - SXM?

Sun Mar 12, 2006 9:29 am

AA from SJU to anywhere on the ATR's involves a delay almost all the time. I flew SJU-SXM last year and other than the 1 hour delay i got there in one piece.
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tallguy14
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RE: Who Has Flown SJU - SXM?

Sun Mar 12, 2006 12:58 pm

Thanks everyone for your input! Wish we could go on the AA 757 but it doesn't mesh with our schedule in/out of SJU. Oh well.
 
tallguy14
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RE: Who Has Flown SJU - SXM?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 9:59 am

One last question...does the roundtrip airfare ever dip below $250 roundtrip? Do AA, 8B/ZQ ever have fare sales?

Cheers-- Jeff
 
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RE: Who Has Flown SJU - SXM?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 10:01 am

I would have no qualms flying with Carribean Sun just because they are partners with US Airways. I'm sure US Airways checked them out before putting their passengers with them.

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RE: Who Has Flown SJU - SXM?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 12:02 pm

Quoting Aa757first (Reply 8):
I'm sure US Airways checked them out before putting their passengers with them.

IIRC, some of their Dash 8s are ex-Allegheny or Piedmont (US Airways Express carriers).

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RE: Who Has Flown SJU - SXM?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 12:13 pm

Quoting Tallguy14 (Reply 7):
One last question...does the roundtrip airfare ever dip below $250 roundtrip? Do AA, 8B/ZQ ever have fare sales?

I went to SJU in December and was thinking about taking a hop to SXM. AE was charging $185 r/t including taxes for the flight. This was 2 weeks before Christmas when travel slows slightly. As you get close to Thanksgiving holidays and the winter surge in travel I would imagine prices rise.

Matt
 
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RE: Who Has Flown SJU - SXM?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 12:20 pm

Quoting Tallguy14 (Reply 7):
Do AA, 8B/ZQ ever have fare sales?

I've occasionally seen NetSAAver fares for about $99 round-trip, but that won't work for you, since it's fairly last minute. It's worth saying again that the dates you're traveling are the prime dates for those with time shares, and people book way in advance for that, since they know their weeks. If you don't pick up something a couple of months in advance, you could end up spending $400+ for the round-trip at that time of year.
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tallguy14
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RE: Who Has Flown SJU - SXM?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 10:30 pm

Thanks for the excellent advice, everyone. Cheers! Jeff
 
trey
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RE: Who Has Flown SJU - SXM?

Wed Mar 15, 2006 12:36 am

i flew it the last week in Feb. plane was a real piece, totally full. we were an hour late cause they had to sub equip b/c our plane broke. good thing they found one as it was the last flight out for the evening. all in all not a great experience.

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