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STX--It isn't easy to get there or back home either!

 
stxdreamer
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We just finished a wonderful week in STX at the Buccaneer. We had great weather, a chance to visit with Ric and Linda, and to see more of the island. This was our second trip in two years, and we felt much more at ease this time around. BUT . . .,

Getting to STX, and then back home to Kentucky was an ordeal. We flew from Louisville to Atlanta w/o problems. Boarded our Delta flight for San Juan on time, and then started our taxi to the runway--STOP!! Two and one-half hours later, we took off! Naturally, we missed our connecting AmericanEagle flight in San Juan. Since we flew to San Juan on Delta, AmEagle shrugged and told us it was Delta's fault, therefore Delta had to fix the problem. I spent a hour running through the San Juan airport before finally getting new boarding passes for a later AmEagle flight (thank goodness for all those college Espanol classes I thought were a waste of time!). When we finally arrived in STX, someone was waiting for us to take us to the Buccaneer, where we received a warm welcome and a chance to relax.

A week later (7/20), we flew w/o problem from STX to San Juan on AmEagle. We then boarded a regular AA flight bound for Chicago, where we would catch our connecting flight to Louisville. We boarded on time, but the plane never left the gate--mechanical problems!! After one and one-half hours of sitting at the gate, AA announced that we had to deplane and go to another gate. There we had to wait for another plane coming from Venezuela. We finally left SJ a little after 6pm, more than 3 hours behind schedule. Yes, we missed our connecting flight to Louisville. There were no other flights available at that time, so we wound up checking in at the O'hare Hilton at midnight. No luggage. The next morning (7/21) we boarded a scheduled 10:30am flight for Louisville. We took off at 11:35am. Arrived in Louisville in the middle of a thunderstorm, which meant we were not allowed to deplane (no covered gate for us!). So we finally arrived home at 3:30pm on Monday when we should have been home on Sunday night. Our luggage was waiting for us in Louisville, and the O'hare Hilton was OK, so we did make the best of the situation, I suppose. But . . . ,

What happened to those direct flights to STX?

Steve

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Topic starter Posted : July 22, 2008 11:47 pm
dntw8up
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I spent a night in January 2004 at the O'Hare Hilton without luggage. I think that's the customary duration of stay and baggage situation for customers of that establishment.

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Posted : July 22, 2008 11:58 pm
Trade
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It's really such a hassle flying any more that I hate to do it & I used to love it. And don't get me started on the Miami airport. :X

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Posted : July 23, 2008 10:52 am
EngRMP
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I know I'm in trouble when I get to that SJ terminal waiting area, and it's packed and very few people are walking around... they're all just sitting and waiting...

I can't imagine how this will ever get better... I think we're seeing the demise of the hydrocarbon industries...

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Posted : July 23, 2008 1:13 pm
stephaniev
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I would love some advice on flying from STX to any mainland state. Trying to plan trips going that way is difficult,all the online trip planning sites' ie. expedia,travelocity etc... don't recognize us here.I can go to the AA site directly but I've been hearing stories of diffulty flying w/them.What are the preferred airlines from here to USA mainland? it doesn't really have to florida,any gulf state would work and probably end having to criss-cross paths to get where you're going? does that make any sense? anyway,any advice is appreciated

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Posted : July 23, 2008 1:51 pm
jewelygirl
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I've never seen a direct flight to STX. There are direct flights to STT which I have considered taking and then getting the seaplane over. I fly out of BWI or Reagan and always have to change in Miami or SJ.

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Posted : July 23, 2008 2:37 pm
gullbaygirl
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Delta has 1 direct flight from Atlanta on Saturdays. You still have to change planes (unless you live in Atlanta), but much easier than Miami or SJ. We flew it in May. Great flight.

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Posted : July 23, 2008 5:58 pm
divinggirl
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all the online trip planning sites' ie. expedia,travelocity etc... don't recognize us here.

The airport code for St. Croix is STX and all of the online sights do accept and recognize that code. I typically find that AA.com or Orbitz are the cheapest when flying FROM St. Croix. My friends and family find Travelocity or Expedia to be the cheapest when flying TO St. Croix.

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Posted : July 23, 2008 6:06 pm
aschultz
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I don't like to use multiple carriers. If there is a problem that always makes it worse. From Sacramento I can fly Delta one stop ALT, STX . It is pricey about $200 more a seat and you have few options on when you come and go. I like to fly AA to Texas then San Juan. It is cheap you can come and go any time and there is always another flight if you miss it or want one more day on STX.

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Posted : July 23, 2008 6:35 pm
NormanPaperman
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try: www.kayak.com - its a a great site. Kayak doen't sell tickets but they direct you to the cheapest source for the ticket based on their search of all the flight search engines (orbitz, expedia, travelocity etc...) as well as the individual airlines' sites - then they list all of the possible flights you can take and direct you to the cheapest site. Additionally, you can do a search for hotels and rental cars on the site.

Enjoy!

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Posted : July 23, 2008 6:48 pm
stephaniev
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awesome, thankyou. I love having 'freinds" out there to look out for each other!

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Posted : July 23, 2008 7:02 pm
cruzkandy
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Delta has 1 direct flight from Atlanta on Saturdays. You still have to change planes (unless you live in Atlanta), but much easier than Miami or SJ. We flew it in May. Great flight.

Delta actually ha 2 direct flights to Atlanta. The one on Saturdays and the other one is on Wednesdays.

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Posted : July 24, 2008 1:27 am
aschultz
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I forgot the best part of the Delta flight is you can get to STX on a 737. If you don't like flying on a puddle jumper it might be worth the money.

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Posted : July 24, 2008 5:25 am
kayg
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I generally go to STX via American Airlines through Dallas/Ft Worth and take the earliest flights available. This puts me in San Juan early enough so if I do miss my connecting flight, I generally can still get on the next one. This has only happened once in the last 3 years of flying back and forth.

What I need to know is how to get the parrot down there. Having problems finding transportation service and they won't let her in the cabin.

K in Nebraska

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Posted : August 9, 2008 10:32 pm
antiqueone
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I have consistently found Cheaptickets.com to be the least expensive online--even cheaper than or equal to Kayak and definitely cheaper than Orbitz or Travelocity

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Posted : August 10, 2008 7:09 pm
Betty
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I look at all of them before I book, expedia, orbitz, travelocity, cheap tickets, etc... Usually aa.com ends up being the cheapest in my experience. But it all depends when you book and what days you want to travel. Tues, Wed, and Sat are of coarse the cheapest, etc..

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Posted : August 10, 2008 11:01 pm
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I think it is Travelocity that will let you look a week either way (all at one time, kind'a chart-like). That is a valuable tool. You can find the cheapest rate at a glace, and then just go to aa.com to book it and save the five bucks. I have found that the booking sites all offer pretty much the same deal. I also usually book my flights with credit card points, which are fare based, so I look at the sites, find the best rate and then book through my credit card for the lowest amount of points. Not sure this makes sense, but basically, there is NO DEAL! I would be delighted to be told I am wrong.

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Posted : August 11, 2008 3:45 am
stiphy
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FYI, some good news finally, DL is adding some more service to STX!!!

http://www.modernagent.com/Resources/Editorial.aspx?n=43992

Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to ATL will be in place on 12/20.

Oddly they mention an "overnight flight" to STT...really, a redeye from ATL-STT, who wants to start their vaca that way?

Sean

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Posted : August 11, 2008 9:48 pm
Juanita
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I wonder what the schedule will be on that Delta red eye. What would it take...about 5 hours (or less) from Atlanta to STX? So, what time would you arrive?, and what time would you have to depart ATL? I love red eye flights. I don't sleep well on planes, but at least I wouldn't be using up a vacation day in the air. Maybe the welcome people at the airport can concoct a Cruzan Bloody Mary!;)

Delta has always been very high compared to AA and others.

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Posted : August 12, 2008 1:17 am
stiphy
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Delta has always been very high compared to AA and others.

This is true, and probably going to be worse with the fuel situation.

Just wanted to correct my post, its Sat, Sun, Mon, Thursday NOT Tuesday (mistyped).

Sean

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Posted : August 12, 2008 2:43 am
SunshineCruzan
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I had to book a flight for my hubby with very short notice from STX to Portland Maine. I wound up using CostJet.com with great results. I think I posted more on them somewhere, don't recall where. I had some trouble using my Visa-debit card but worked it out. The CostJet people were quick to e-mail me AND call me back every time they said they would. By far the cheapest I found out there by a few hundred $$

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Posted : August 13, 2008 3:10 am
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