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    We are the rare people who don't mind a connection and sometime prefer it over sitting in the crammed plane for 4 hours straight. We have limited options for nonstop and we look at more than just the connection, we are looking arrival times and how much the difference is to fly first class more than connections. If we can't fly first or business, we don't really care for nonstop. See, we aren't normal. All things being equal I would say, $200 per person is about what I would be willing to pay to do nonstop over a stop in first or business class.

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    There used to be direct flights to Aruba from Trinidad and Tobago with Caribbean Airlines(formerly BWIA) back in the early 2000's. Unfortunately that service came to an end, and now to get to Aruba involves making a connection. Used to be I would have to connect through Curacao which was a cool stop, once you did not have a connection time of 10 hrs plus, or your flight to Curacao was delayed by two hours that when you arrived all the places that sold food were closed. Getting to Aruba now involves connecting through Panama with Copa Airlines and the price is a bit steep($475.00 - $980.00 US). The plus side about this is that the flight out of Trinidad departs at 6:15 am, arrives in Panama around 7:50 am with the connecting flight to Aruba departing at 9:00 am and arriving on Aruba at 12:15 pm. Travelers can still connect through Curacao but that will involve making two separate bookings; one to Curacao with Suriname Airways and the other to Aruba with Insel. However travel agents in T&T have been ordered not to sell or issue tickets for Insel Air, so that means booking with Insel direct online or on arrival on Curacao. Another option involves flying into Paramaribo Suriname, spending the night then flying onto Aruba the following morning.

    Connections are not that bad, often times they can be some great experiences. It's just that it's time lost that could be spent on Aruba instead of sitting in the airport on Curacao or Panama waiting on your flight.

    If a direct service were to become available I would be willing to go with that option and even travel in economy if the price is anywhere between $400.00 to $600.00 US. Fingers, toes, eyes, teeth and tongue crossed that this can happen.
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    We are limited on choices for direct flights out of PHL. AA has one, maybe two on some days out of PHL that goes direct. They have others that are one stop but are with in a few dollars of the direct one. There are carries that have one stop, but the travel time increases, even thought you may save $100 a ticket. Spirit out of Atlantic City is another option, but they only go to Aruba on Saturday and stop in I think Atlanta, for several hours and they are not really any less expensive especially when you add in the luggage and the fact they are not very comfortable. For the 4 1/2 hours, direct is best. Although, on flight that are longer, I'd rather have a stop so we can get off and move around and get a real bathroom and a meal. We went to Thailand last summer-16 hours from JFK to Hong Kong with an hour layover then 3 more hours to Bangkok. I wanted to go to Europe for a few days then Bangkok so we wouldn't be on a plane for that many hours, but hubby didn't want to do that. He did regret that decision and now says if we ever do a long haul trip like that again, we will break it up.

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    For us a connection isn't a big deal, and we also can only fly a few places from here direct. Aruba is not one of them. Even though we fly first or business class, it's nice to get off the plane and really stretch out. Even with a stop we still get to Aruba between 1:30 and 3:00. Still plenty of time to get to the hotel before check in time.

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    For me, the connection isn't that big of a deal, especially now that the kids are older. Newark is about 20 minutes from us, but I've been known to fly out of JFK to save a few bucks. Many times the direct flight out of JFK is less than the connector out of Newark. Right now for our August flights nonstop from Newark is $809 & JFK is $548. Multiplied by 5 is a difference of $1300....
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    We always fly non stop to Aruba and Europe. We almost almost always pay the xtra money for the larger seats. Our attitude is, we are ON VACATION!.

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    we "had " been lucky with a 45 min drive to orlando airport and then the nonstop to aruba.
    since apparently that flight is no longer available, we will either fly to lauderdale and make the connection or drive to lauderdale and catch the flight.

    we do what fits our budget.
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    we'd pretty much go to hell and back in order to get to aruba.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    we'd pretty much go to hell and back in order to get to aruba.
    Yup!

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    Okay for all of you that do connections- what is the minimum amount of time between the flights. There is a good price out of Boston on United that stops at Washington Dulles BUT the layover is only 46 minutes and I think that is cutting it close. Both flights are with United which I have never flown at any point in my life.

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    it all depends on the time of the 1st flight.
    ex: if you are leaving boston at 6 am to dulles, then to me, the 45 min layover is sufficient (a good enough cushion). typically the early morning flights are more "on time"

    if your boston flight is later in the day, then 45 min is not much cushion for delays.

    typically, i do not like any connection with less than 1 hour layover.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aruba4ever View Post
    Okay for all of you that do connections- what is the minimum amount of time between the flights. There is a good price out of Boston on United that stops at Washington Dulles BUT the layover is only 46 minutes and I think that is cutting it close. Both flights are with United which I have never flown at any point in my life.

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