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    Eve is offline
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    Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    2 hrs to get through security, and no restaurants open but dominos and Popeyes.
    I have no idea why the businesses arenít open.

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    didier is offline
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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    Quote Originally Posted by Eve View Post
    2 hrs to get through security, and no restaurants open but dominos and Popeyes.
    I have no idea why the businesses aren’t open.

    did u take the early morning flight 9:30 a.m.? that is the one I am taking next thursday.

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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    Are the airline lounges open? I am sure the Tradewind lounge will be What about Aviance lounge?

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    Eve is offline
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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    Tradewinds is. Don’t know about the other.
    I took the 11:20

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    cec1 is offline
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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    Horrible! Do you have "Frequent Traveler" (or whatever it's called) status?

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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    Pre-Check! I nearly forget too!

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    alachick is offline
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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    I was wondering why Dominos stock was so high. Over 400/share

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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    Coming back in to the USA from France (SBH) you would best be served by the Global Entry program. A whiff of your passport, and you are done.

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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    I also recommend the global entry program. Absolutely a huge time saver, also, when you are a member of the global entry program you are also enrolled in TSA precheck. The price difference is only $15 US and is good for five years if I remember correctly.

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    Dennis is online now
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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    Quote Originally Posted by St.Bart stole my B’Heart View Post
    I also recommend the global entry program. Absolutely a huge time saver, also, when you are a member of the global entry program you are also enrolled in TSA precheck. The price difference is only $15 US and is good for five years if I remember correctly.
    And the cost rebated with the AMEX Platinum.

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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis View Post
    And the cost rebated with the AMEX Platinum.
    And Centurion . . .
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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    I have had Global Entry for about 4 years now. IMO, the only way to fly internationally. When I came back from the Bahamas last month, the customs hall was overflowing, and they had to queue people in the hallway. It took me approximately 5 minutes to entering the customs hall to exiting the airport. I asked someone else that was exiting with me how long it had taken them and they said it was almost 2 hours.
    A handful of credit cards rebate the cost of it. Dennis mentioned the Amex Platinum. I know that the Chase IHG card and Chase United Airlines card also does. There are more, a google search will find them.
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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    Maybe I'm new to this St. Barths thing, and haven't figured it all out yet, but I am not quite understanding this major advantage with this Tradwinds strategy. I can fly 2 hours from Miami and take a fantastic 10 minute SBC flight at low altitude or take the same two hour flight through Puerto Rico and then an hour at 28K feet in a slightly nicer small plane and spend thousands more. What am i missing guys ?

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    JEK is offline
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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    Many of us are two flights from SXM, but only one from SJU. Many of us just prefer to avoid SXM. Some of us like to overnight in SJU and arrive SBH bright and early. YMMV.
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    TR561 is offline
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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    Ok, that makes sense JEK. I live in Miami so i love the way i went first time (and next). SBC is a fun little plane and it's 2 hours to SXM.

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    PeterLynn is offline
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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    A few years ago, we had a 30 minute layover in ATL. Arrived at the the most southwest gate and raced to the most northeast gate to get to SXM. Never again! Now, direct flight from Houston (IAH) to SJU and then 1 hour to SBH. Ahhhhhh......

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    Eve is offline
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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    We got through customs faster than the global entry people. From what I can tell, there is no separate line for TSA pre-check. I saw no signs for no it, and we usually get it ( I think because of Jim’s age

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    Eve is offline
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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    Quote Originally Posted by TR561 View Post
    Maybe I'm new to this St. Barths thing, and haven't figured it all out yet, but I am not quite understanding this major advantage with this Tradwinds strategy. I can fly 2 hours from Miami and take a fantastic 10 minute SBC flight at low altitude or take the same two hour flight through Puerto Rico and then an hour at 28K feet in a slightly nicer small plane and spend thousands more. What am i missing guys ?
    We only usually take Tradewinds on the way out to avoid customs in JFK or Boston. Just had lots of credits to use

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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    Wow!
    Never had a two hour wait in SJU.
    And people are just beginning to travel- it will only get longer. Global Entry is the key!

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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    Global Entry wonít help you with the wait in SJU. Clearing customs is simple with or without Global Entry. The problem is you have to retrieve your luggage and recheck it and then go through security. Quite the frigginí hassle. We did it last month, and as the original post indicated, food choices suck at SJU airport.

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    KevinS is offline
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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    Quote Originally Posted by rolltide View Post
    Global Entry won’t help you with the wait in SJU. Clearing customs is simple with or without Global Entry. The problem is you have to retrieve your luggage and recheck it and then go through security. Quite the friggin’ hassle. We did it last month, and as the original post indicated, food choices suck at eh SJU airport.
    I don't know if TW offers a VIP package when traveling North. Would a wheelchair be an alternative for those who have limited mobility, and for whom 2 hours would be a challenge?

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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    The priority pass lounge was open, with limited - I mean limited - food selections. soft drinks. a clean bathroom. that's about all.

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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    Quote Originally Posted by bethwoff View Post
    The priority pass lounge was open, with limited - I mean limited - food selections. soft drinks. a clean bathroom. that's about all.
    For me, that clean bathroom is the number one priority. I might nibble on whatever food is available, and I might grab a bottle of water, I might even use their wi-fi (through my VPN), but I'm fairly certain that I've never sampled their free alcohol. That clean bathroom though, that is the most attractive feature.

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    Leslie17 is offline
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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    Global Entry is great , we also use an App called Mobile Passport, same line as Global and no need to use kiosks. Not all airports use but definately worth a shot!

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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    Quote Originally Posted by stbartshopper View Post
    Wow!
    Never had a two hour wait in SJU.
    And people are just beginning to travel- it will only get longer. Global Entry is the key!

    Eve's wait was for security -- SJU does have TSA Pre-Check.
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    andynap is online now
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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinS View Post
    I don't know if TW offers a VIP package when traveling North. Would a wheelchair be an alternative for those who have limited mobility, and for whom 2 hours would be a challenge?
    You hit a sore spot with me, Tradewind and a wheelchair. Never fly them again nor would I recommend anyone needing a wheelchair to fly them.


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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    Quote Originally Posted by JEK View Post
    Eve's wait was for security -- SJU does have TSA Pre-Check.
    Thank you for clarifying that JEK. I would hope the Jet Blue go to the front of the line after paying for more leg room might help with any potential extended wait time.
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    Re: Heads up if you go through PR to go back to us

    Quote Originally Posted by Reed View Post
    Thank you for clarifying that JEK. I would hope the Jet Blue go to the front of the line after paying for more leg room might help with any potential extended wait time.
    Our return in April was first class on United.......but no priority line that we found that we were able to take advantage of in SJU. It was completely disorganized chaos. You clear customs, get your bags, go upstairs to your check in desk, take your bags back to another scanning area for some special tag, go back to the check in desk to check your bags, and then proceed to wait in line forever. You quickly realize your Barths vacation is over.

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