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Dee
08-30-2018, 03:47 PM
Does anyone know why the air fare has doubled to go to Bonaire. I fly out of norfolk virginia or newport news virginia and the air fares have doubled in price!! It appears they airlines are boycotting bonaire..... american, united and delta...
I have checked other airports, I have checked flying direct out of Atlanta and basic cabin is just shy of $1000 RT!

FlaParrotHead
08-30-2018, 10:33 PM
I have no idea how he did it (he said the Delta website) but my cousin flew round-trip from Wilmington, NC (through ATL) for just over $700 — for FIRST CLASS earlier this month, no points, just a straight Internet purchase.

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Cornhusker
08-31-2018, 11:37 AM
we have been watching flights out of Kansas City for our kids and Delta lingers around 1,000 and same with United----American is more reasonable and found 804 but leaving on either M-W not the F-S flights. Again we staying for 2-months in 2019 and pack a lot so kept an eye on 1st class and caught them on a dip to 1404 RT and right after we bought our 2-tickets they went right back up to around 2200 and funny thing is flight is about 40% full and more empty seats in 1st class than booked seats. Hopefully one of the airlines will drop prices in the next 60-days as my guess is it will keep people from USA to look for some other option.

Gbeasley
01-08-2019, 10:09 PM
Does anyone know why the air fare has doubled to go to Bonaire. I fly out of norfolk virginia or newport news virginia and the air fares have doubled in price!! It appears they airlines are boycotting bonaire..... american, united and delta...
I have checked other airports, I have checked flying direct out of Atlanta and basic cabin is just shy of $1000 RT!


Have you read "Insider’s Guide to Finding Flights to Bonaire from North America 2018 Edition" free from Bonaire Pros
It may give some extra tips. I just booked a Delta flight (1/3/19) from Charleston, SC through Atlanta to Bonaire for $625.

thom
01-09-2019, 12:08 PM
To get to Bonaire from Albuquerque, we must overnight somewhere. It turns out the best way for us is to fly American (use miles) to Curacao then, first thing the next morning take the hop to Bonaire. Coming back we just reverse the process. Though AA flies direct to Bonaire, it is far less convenient doing so and it cost much more money/miles.

It might be helpful if one of the small airlines flying out of Curacao coordinated with AA, scheduling a flight CUR/BON after AA arrives in CUR then BON/CUR early enough to get the AA flight out of CUR.

hallerdodd
01-09-2019, 05:10 PM
What about United connecting in Houston? No overnight required on the flight down.

thom
01-09-2019, 06:06 PM
What about United connecting in Houston? No overnight required on the flight down.

I will die with air miles in the bank. Wife and I have been doing 1 or 2 trips to the carribbean for almost 30 years, haven't paid for airfaire for about 25 years. I am close to having earned 2 million miles (credit card miles) on AA. So generally, we fly American.

My wife did a trip to Japan on those miles a few years ago then she and a friend of hers went to Europe on those miles last summer.

I was a builder (retired now) and charged much of my materials on the card. Miles add up real fast that way.

Canuck52
01-09-2019, 07:10 PM
We use the United Houston route just about all the time, as we can make it from Calgary to Bonaire, and back home both in a single day. It means getting the 635AM flight out of Calgary, and of course the early UA flight out of Bonaire on Sunday. But getting up early twice makes up for not having to overnight along the way. We are always business class flyers, but I have noticed we are adding a lot more to United’s bottom line than we use to. We do offset some of the travel costs with AMEX and VISA travel points. Like thom we run as much as we can throught the cards to get the maximum points.

Sparty
06-10-2019, 02:47 PM
Recently while searching airfare to Bonaire, we found that Delta's home site listed few flights to Bonaire, even when using the flexible date option. Those flights that were listed were much more expensive than we incurred in prior years for Jan to April flights. The least expensive were a couple at just below $1300 per ticket and more at $1800 to Mid 2 thousand per ticket. We also considered United and American which were similar when all related costs were considered. American had reasonable airfare but after adding in necessary travel to a distant airport, car rental, extra luggage costs, etc. they were as expensive as Delta. Then my wife did a Google search and found many more Delta flights than Delta's own site listed.

We were looking for PLN to DTW to ATL, layover then on to Bonaire. We ended up with PLN to DTW to CVG to ATL, overnight and on to BON for $864 per ticket for main cabin seating. The Google search located numerous flights, some being 4-5 stops, but with very reasonable airfare compared to Delta's more direct selections.

If you are booking from a rural location and need to book multistep tickets, Google may be worth a try. Google does not sell the tickets but once you have the flight numbers and schedule you can call Delta and book direct. Delta gave us the same price quote as Google once we had the flight information.

ChrisL
06-11-2019, 11:12 PM
How you get here is all about where you come from. United flys Saturdays from Houston and Newark, and not always in September and October. Delta flys from Atlanta Saturday & Sunday. American from Miami Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday. Sunwing from Toronto on Sundays. Prices are definitely up, but it is getting easier to get here. Inslair is done and now EZ Air is making trips from Aruba & Curaçao, but their booking system is poor at best. Only the Dutch can get here cheap from Amsterdam almost daily on KLM & Tui, and they complain about $900 RT airfares from Europe. 😂

Sparty
06-12-2019, 12:27 PM
How you get here is all about where you come from. United flys Saturdays from Houston and Newark, and not always in September and October. Delta flys from Atlanta Saturday & Sunday. American from Miami Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday. Sunwing from Toronto on Sundays. Prices are definitely up, but it is getting easier to get here. Inslair is done and now EZ Air is making trips from Aruba & Curaçao, but their booking system is poor at best. Only the Dutch can get here cheap from Amsterdam almost daily on KLM & Tui, and they complain about $900 RT airfares from Europe. ��


We just booked tickets on Delta that depart ATL on Jan 17, a Friday. Not sure when the Fri flights start but I also recall we did not see Sunday flights when we were doing our search on Delta's site. As I stated in a previous post, we did not find the usual choices on the Delta site when doing our search and found our flights on Google. Google does not sell the tickets, they just provide the flight information. Once we had that, we booked directly by phone with Delta.

Sparty
06-12-2019, 12:41 PM
I just checked the Delta site again and they show flights from Atlanta on Fri, Sat, and Sun on Jan 17, 18, &19 as departure dates but only Sat Apr 18 as a return date using flexible date option.