Which air carrier to get to St Thomas (St John)

Dec 8th, 2012, 05:44 PM
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Which air carrier to get to St Thomas (St John)

Anyone with some advice as to which carrier we should use, based on service,price,
and best timetable? Could fly from Pittsburgh,Buffalo or Cleveland if anybody can
offer some first hand advice/suggestions. Would be in February timeframe.
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Dec 9th, 2012, 03:28 AM
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Go to www.kyack.com - plug in your planned dates of travel and your preferred airport(s) - you'll find schedules, prices and info on flight times and/or number of connections. Choose the itinerary that works best for you and your budget.
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Dec 9th, 2012, 04:05 AM
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Ok, good idea-will check it out. Im looking to see if anybody
suggests one airline over the other based on personal experiences. All will get me there and back, but often
one comes with a higher recommendation for one reason or another.
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Dec 9th, 2012, 05:47 AM
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YOu we find that we have all had both good and bad experiences with just about every airline!
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Dec 9th, 2012, 06:39 AM
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This website will allow you to see which airlines fly to STT from your area. Then you can go to the airline's website to buy the tickets. Try direct to STT, but also to San Juan (SJU). There are numerous puddle-jump flights SJU-STT.
If it makes a long day traveling, consider flying to MIA the evening before, stay inexpensively next to the airport @ hotel with shuttle, then fly out early AM. You'll be on the beach on St.John early afternoon. American flies NS from MIA-STT.
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Dec 9th, 2012, 06:43 AM
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P.S. From Cleveland, Delta has an early morning to STT, with a stop in Atlanta, and US Air has one via Charlotte. Both get into STT around 2 PM.
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Dec 9th, 2012, 06:57 AM
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Nowadays the major US based airlines are pretty much all the same - mediocre! They sell you seats on what amounts to a flying bus, operate on something that approximates a type of schedule, cram you in with little leg room (unless you are willing to pay extra for somewhat better seating) and if you are lucky they don't lose your luggage on route to your destination.

Point is the airlines have their good days and bad days and you never know what kind of a day you'll have until you actually travel. Today, on most US based airlines flying First or Business Class is what Economy used to be like 20+ years ago and flying in Economy today is just a way to get you from point A to Point B. Don't expect any frills.

Rather than pick a specific airline choose the itinerary that gets you from your home airport to your destination in the least amount of time with the least amount of connecting flights (if any) at a price you can live with. If at all possible, fly non-stop even if you have to pay a bit more as there's less chance of an untoward delay.
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Dec 9th, 2012, 08:54 AM
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We tend to avoid USAirways if possible, although I prefer coming back into the US through Charlotte rather than Miami. Since you are going to St. Thomas, however, passport control won't be an issue. Many Caribbean flights on USAir go through Charlotte and many Caribbean flights on American go through Miami.

Least favorite: USAir
Next: American
Marginally better: Delta

I wholeheartedly agree with RoamsAround about the quality of domestic carriers. They really are mediocre at best. Pick the best time and price and book. None stands out over the others in my opinion.

A slight correction on the Kayak web site noted above:

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