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    UsAir BDL to Aruba Beware!!!!!!

    I remember the days1980's) that you could take a charter to Aruba and get a direct flight from BDL(Hartford)No longer is that an option...Can go to NY for a direct but 2 hour drive for us.We have to get connections I can't believe that USAir did it again. Two years ago they delayed my flight so I couldn't get my connector and refused to help me make my connection to Charlotte. We lost 1 day,1 nights lodging and had to change transfers and car rental etc....Even with insurance was not reimbursed the day lost.got some $ for food and overnight @ airport only...Oh well... I thought I'd give them another chance and booked in Jan for August connecting in PHIL and arriving @ noon in Aruba and coming home @such a great time 9:30 p.m. .(we have an hour drive from BDL to home) I paid a little more because those times were so.oooo good. I did this back in Jan. Last night I was checking in with Yapta to see how much the flights are now and noticed that my flight's time was not an option. I called US Air and explained what I saw. Well,,, they informed me that we are NOW also going to Charlotte and wont be in AUA til 4 and my return flight is after midnight . I said How can you do this and not inform me??? I explained the whole situation and told them about paying the higher price for better times etc...No help!!!She did offer a refund and I took it just on principal alone. I then got on the computer and checked United/Continental prices (100 dollars more a ticket.) American was really priced out to connect in Miami and had ...awful times. Thank God for Delta. was able to book with same prices as I paid in Jan. and get to Aruba @2:30 and still home @midnight. How can a company treat you like this and not tell you a thing? Because they can !!!! Really hope southwest or other airlines work with us and offer a flight from BDL.....Please check your flights!!!! I appreciate all of the wonderful forum info and I am such an aruba lover...Thanks for listening...

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    We live about 15 minutes from BDL but still choose to drive to EWR or any of the NY airports because the price difference is so big....we usually save anywhere from $200 - $400 per ticket and the flight times are better ....there are 6-8 people flighting in our group ...this July we'll get to AUA at about 1pm & back to ewr at 10pm....this years tickets were $466 each

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    Thanks

    I appreciate the idea.

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    i have nothing to suggest, except maybe JB out of JFK.It is indeed unfortunate that this has occurred. frustrating and i am sorry to read of your difficulties.

    A number of years ago (2006 and 7) we flew Delta out of Bradley and connected in ATlanta and then on to Aruba. We did that route a few times when we traveled with friends who lived in the Springfield , MA area (we lived only 9 miles west of boston). But we did find that driving to Bradley was not terrible, parking was cheap and the prices for us were acceptable.

    I hate the fact that travel to and from Aruba for so many is so expensive and difficult.

    Quote Originally Posted by truzcarla View Post
    I remember the days1980's) that you could take a charter to Aruba and get a direct flight from BDL(Hartford)No longer is that an option...Can go to NY for a direct but 2 hour drive for us.We have to get connections I can't believe that USAir did it again. Two years ago they delayed my flight so I couldn't get my connector and refused to help me make my connection to Charlotte. We lost 1 day,1 nights lodging and had to change transfers and car rental etc....Even with insurance was not reimbursed the day lost.got some $ for food and overnight @ airport only...Oh well... I thought I'd give them another chance and booked in Jan for August connecting in PHIL and arriving @ noon in Aruba and coming home @such a great time 9:30 p.m. .(we have an hour drive from BDL to home) I paid a little more because those times were so.oooo good. I did this back in Jan. Last night I was checking in with Yapta to see how much the flights are now and noticed that my flight's time was not an option. I called US Air and explained what I saw. Well,,, they informed me that we are NOW also going to Charlotte and wont be in AUA til 4 and my return flight is after midnight . I said How can you do this and not inform me??? I explained the whole situation and told them about paying the higher price for better times etc...No help!!!She did offer a refund and I took it just on principal alone. I then got on the computer and checked United/Continental prices (100 dollars more a ticket.) American was really priced out to connect in Miami and had ...awful times. Thank God for Delta. was able to book with same prices as I paid in Jan. and get to Aruba @2:30 and still home @midnight. How can a company treat you like this and not tell you a thing? Because they can !!!! Really hope southwest or other airlines work with us and offer a flight from BDL.....Please check your flights!!!! I appreciate all of the wonderful forum info and I am such an aruba lover...Thanks for listening...

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    Thanks Andrea

    Just wanted to say Thank you for all the information , Andrea. You have given me so many ideas and help through the years.....I appreciate your comments . You can't imagine how helpful you have been. I enjoy reading all your suggestions.. You're such a sweetie!!Feel like I know you!!!! xo Count down ......142 days til paradise...

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    thanks for the kind words truzc!!

    Quote Originally Posted by truzcarla View Post
    Just wanted to say Thank you for all the information , Andrea. You have given me so many ideas and help through the years.....I appreciate your comments . You can't imagine how helpful you have been. I enjoy reading all your suggestions.. You're such a sweetie!!Feel like I know you!!!! xo Count down ......142 days til paradise...

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    Just wondering Truzczrla did you ever consider going to logan and flying jet blue. We used to fly out of bdl from western mass, but for the extra drive an hour found the direct flight was worth it. leaving march 24 for ten great days can't wait wilkie

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    Thank God for Jet Blue outta Logan and the non-stop flight!!! I really admire the lengths that some people go to get to Aruba. Canada, Seattle, Oklahome.... Europe. It's all worth it once you get there..... but Truzczrla.... so much pain with the not knowing and lack of communication... sorry for that.

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    Thanks Everyone

    I haven't heard from Us Air after I emailed them last week . Thanks everyone for the info . I Think next year I'll drive to Boston and stay at a hotel the night before and after (park there for 15nights) and still save some $$$$..Just love this forum and thanks to all for listening...136 days til paradise.....

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    truzcarla,
    We've also stayed at the comfort inn Revere near Logan airport they have a shuttle to the airport & you can park there ....we stayed there the night before our flight & got a week of parking free & paid to stay parked there for the second week.... i can't remember how much it was but it was a good price

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