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rajincajun01
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Sun Country adding St. Thomas (STT)

Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:41 pm

Looks like Sun Country is adding Saturday only STT service starting Dec 19.

Source: their website
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Re: Sun Country adding St. Thomas (STT)

Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:24 pm

rajincajun01 wrote:
Looks like Sun Country is adding Saturday only STT service starting Dec 19.

Source: their website


From where?

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Re: Sun Country adding St. Thomas (STT)

Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:28 pm

I presume from MSP.

This is a good bet because some Islands in the British, Dutch and French Caribbean may not be open to American tourists this winter.
 
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Re: Sun Country adding St. Thomas (STT)

Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:38 pm

"Returning" to STT. Also, it's nonstop MSP-STT but on a return it is STT-SJU-MSP.
 
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Re: Sun Country adding St. Thomas (STT)

Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:39 pm

SteveXC500 wrote:
"Returning" to STT. Also, it's nonstop MSP-STT but on a return it is STT-SJU-MSP.

That seems like a familiar routing.
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Re: Sun Country adding St. Thomas (STT)

Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:50 pm

Question for the our Minnesota friends. It seems to me that flights similar to this from SY that are 1x weekly in winter time gives very little flexibility to people booking them. If you want to book SY, you have to go exactly 1 week. If the flight gets canceled, you are basically screwed. Are people actually picking this ahead of going through on the reliable connection point with another carrier (like legacy carriers)?
 
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Re: Sun Country adding St. Thomas (STT)

Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:53 pm

tphuang wrote:
Question for the our Minnesota friends. It seems to me that flights similar to this from SY that are 1x weekly in winter time gives very little flexibility to people booking them. If you want to book SY, you have to go exactly 1 week. If the flight gets canceled, you are basically screwed. Are people actually picking this ahead of going through on the reliable connection point with another carrier (like legacy carriers)?


When people take a vacation, one week is appropriate and common, so Saturday to Saturday is popular.
 
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Re: Sun Country adding St. Thomas (STT)

Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:55 pm

SY usually doesn't outright cancel these 1x weekly flights. MSP rarely goes completely down due to weather and if it does, they just delay it until it can operate.

They did get a bunch of heat for cancelling their last flight to HUX (or was it ZIH or MZT?) though and stranding a couple dozen people in Mexico.
 
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Re: Sun Country adding St. Thomas (STT)

Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:10 pm

tphuang wrote:
Question for the our Minnesota friends. It seems to me that flights similar to this from SY that are 1x weekly in winter time gives very little flexibility to people booking them. If you want to book SY, you have to go exactly 1 week. If the flight gets canceled, you are basically screwed. Are people actually picking this ahead of going through on the reliable connection point with another carrier (like legacy carriers)?


Usually they book a week-long vacation package so once a week is fine.
 
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Re: Sun Country adding St. Thomas (STT)

Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:37 pm

SY now has 30 737-800 so I think they can come up with a crew and a plane to fly anyone home. The past issue was they had planes due to be returned to AMS coming off winter lease when the had fewer planes. They added 9 planes in the last 18 months
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Re: Sun Country adding St. Thomas (STT)

Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:11 pm

SteveXC500 wrote:
"Returning" to STT. Also, it's nonstop MSP-STT but on a return it is STT-SJU-MSP.


A little like the old Midway Airlines route from MDW-FLL-STT-STX-FLL-MDW, that I took on a brand new 737-200 in 1984-5.
 
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Re: Sun Country adding St. Thomas (STT)

Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:38 pm

usflyer msp wrote:
tphuang wrote:
Question for the our Minnesota friends. It seems to me that flights similar to this from SY that are 1x weekly in winter time gives very little flexibility to people booking them. If you want to book SY, you have to go exactly 1 week. If the flight gets canceled, you are basically screwed. Are people actually picking this ahead of going through on the reliable connection point with another carrier (like legacy carriers)?


Usually they book a week-long vacation package so once a week is fine.


And they get the yields expected from the kinds of travelers booking 1-week package vacations.
 
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Re: Sun Country adding St. Thomas (STT)

Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:58 am

Intro price $199 each way. $398 RT plus $60 for a bag plus (let’s call it) $35 for seat assignment. Almost $500
 
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Re: Sun Country adding St. Thomas (STT)

Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:05 am

MIflyer12 wrote:
usflyer msp wrote:
tphuang wrote:
Question for the our Minnesota friends. It seems to me that flights similar to this from SY that are 1x weekly in winter time gives very little flexibility to people booking them. If you want to book SY, you have to go exactly 1 week. If the flight gets canceled, you are basically screwed. Are people actually picking this ahead of going through on the reliable connection point with another carrier (like legacy carriers)?


Usually they book a week-long vacation package so once a week is fine.


And they get the yields expected from the kinds of travelers booking 1-week package vacations.


Actually, SY's yields on its winter Mexico/Caribbean network are not all that low. Minnesotan's will pay a pretty penny to get away from -20F weather on a nonstop flight.
 
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Re: Sun Country adding St. Thomas (STT)

Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:49 am

SteveXC500 wrote:
Intro price $199 each way. $398 RT plus $60 for a bag plus (let’s call it) $35 for seat assignment. Almost $500


Not unreasonable considering the length of the flight.
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Re: Sun Country adding St. Thomas (STT)

Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:13 am

They've served STT on and off over the years. For a while, STT was served on an MSP-SJU-STT-SJU-MSP route on Saturdays in the 727 days.

And yes, keep in mind that for Canadian and Midwestern leisure airlines, the winter is the high season and the summer is when many of the seasonal routes aren't operated as people like to escape the cold and head for the beaches.

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