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    i was concerned about the short connecting time on the return leg as well as some possible luggage restrictions. according to their website the luggage allowance on the cur-bon-cur flight could be less because it's a smaller plane. i emailed insel and was told that 1. the connecting time is ok because we'd be going from one insel flight to another, and 2. the baggage allowance is based on the originating flight....if we leave from charlotte on the MD-80 that's the allowance we are given...both ways. they said that our baggage will be checked from clt-bon and we won't have to see it until we get to bonaire. same thing on the return flight. we're booking soon.

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    Hi rmolk,
    I will be taking this same flight in December and had the same concern about the short layover in Curacao. I spoke with an Insel Air service rep from Curacao who assured me that it would not be a problem, that they know what passengers are coming from Bonaire that morning and will wait for them, if necessary.

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    Hi Pat,
    I will be using US Airways Boston / Charlotte and Insel Air the rest of the way. I had the same questions as you about the luggage but on the US Air leg of the trip. I called US Air and was told that the international flight " Insel Air" is the governing carrier thus will determine the luggage policy for the entire trip. She told me that if I adehere to Insel's free luggage limits I would not be charged by US Air. I could not get her to email or mail me such info.

    Anyone had any such experience with these " code sharing" two airlines ?

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    Peter how did you book it? I contacted Insel down here and got a quote for Maggie to come down Xmas for 770.00. I called USAir to have them ticket it and was on hold 45 min as they had to price it by "hand". Their quote was 900+. I see Veyama and Cheapo air will run the tickets but I never use those services.
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    Hi Ann.... I booked with Vayama in May. In June I recd a schedule change notice from Vayama because Insel changed the departing time from Bon to Cur and it violated Vayama's min layover time policy. On a 3 way conversation with Vayama "India" and Insel "Curacao" we were assured by the Insel"s rep that it would not be a problem, they will wait for us if necessary.
    Perhaps because of this short layover I no longer see this particular itenerary on Vayama.com. Good luck.

    PS. The weather is great on the Cape, going back to N Truro in a couple of weeks.

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    Hi Ann.
    In the previous post I was telling you that the weather on the Cape is great.. Scratch that, it's about to change due to Irene's visit.

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    PeterO, I would not count on Insel waiting for you. Sorry, I just wouldn't.
    R.A.

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    Thanks RosAnne. When I travel to the islands I go with the flow. I expect the worse and hope for the best. Besides, I can think of worse places to be stuck for an extra couple of days.

    Peter

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    You probably will be ok with a short connection time on the BON-CUR portion of your CUR-CLT flight, because the morning BON/CUR flight is made to connect to their other flights. It's a small plane, and they'll know you're on it. When it lands in CUR, you'll be escorted by an Insel employee thru the transit area upstairs in CUR. This is a small area-you pay $2 cash at the desk right there, go thru carry-on X-ray & proceed to gate (pay the $2 before getting in the security line). CUR departure lounge is not that big-you can see one end to the other (all 7 gates). I've flown the BON/CUR/MIA flight, and this is exactly what happens.

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    Ruth. Thank you for the information. I will print it and bring it with me.
    The concern is with the Bon/Cur -- Cur/CLT connection but an Insel rep assured me it would not be a problem.
    Next year will be 20 years travelling to Bonaire. By now I am used to suprises and the unexpected with flights to and from Bonaire.

    I have bigger worries at the moment, Irene is bearing down on us tomorrow. I hope that everyone in it's path stays safe.

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