We have flown American air lines every trip we have taken to Aruba(14). We live in the Tulsa, Ok area and have to connect through DFW and MIA. Many of our flights have been paid for with frequent flyer points over the years so the costs have been minimal. The main problem we have with AA is that we cant get from here to Miami on the same day to catch the morning flight to AUA Every trip we have taken though is TUL-MIA-AUA so we usually leave around 10am and arrive in Aruba between 8-10pm depending on when AA has the evening flight scheduled. The other problem is we have to leave AUA on the morning flight which is between 7am and 9am depending and due to connections does not gey us to Tulsa until 11:30pm.
We have enough FF miles to get 2 tickets to AUA again this year but evidently AA is tightening up their schedules for FF tickets. I had been checking for those same flights since November and they are not available with miles. The only flights available so far leave Tul at either 6am or 7 am to DFW then connect with a flight to either Houston, St Louis, Atlanta, New Orleans or Charlotte, then go to MIA and on to AUA. This makes our total trip time over 14 hours.
I checked prices at other airlines and found that we could actually leave TUL at 6am and arrive in AUA at 2:30pm through ATL on Delta. The return flight leaves at 3:10 pm and arrives in Tul at 9:30.The price is $733 each but by taking out their sky miles card and spending $500 on it I received 30,000 FF miles. I purchased my tickets on the card and used the FF miles to pay for $300 off the ticket price and I get a $50 credit on my bill for using the card to buy the tickets. So the actual cost is $558 each. So we leave at the same time, get there 8 hours earlier, leave there 7 hours later and get home 2 hours earlier. Well worth it I think.
My question is this, is Delta dependable? We have a 59 minute layover in ATL going and a 60 minute layover in ATL on the return. Anyone have any problems with them?