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    Eve is offline
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    A little late- sxm transfer information

    If I can remember that far back…
    we exited the plane, got on the bus, went into arrival. Actually the SBC guy grabbed us before we went into the door with everyone else, I think. Gave a SBC guy our baggage claims and I think jet blue boarding passes. Then we followed the main guy down the long hall to the transit desk, and he needed passports, test results, sxm electronic approval. Gave us boarding passes.
    went to a woman who checked it all and moved us into security.
    went to the head of the line and we went through, and headed to Gate 1, basically a podium at the top of the ramp to the door.
    plenty of room to spread out in the terminal if you wanted.
    even though we were on a chartered plane, we still had to wait an hour for a plane to arrive, and it was scheduled for 1:30 anyway.

    Timeline
    plane landed 12:10
    Through security 12:45
    Boarding 1:15
    Plane takeoff 1:40
    Through immigration 2:00
    in villa 2:20
    lunch at Pearl Beach 3:00

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    Re: A little late- sxm transfer information

    You remember correctly that you had to hand over your JetBlue boarding passes. Doing so proves to SXM that you are in transit, and avoids you having to pay an SXM departure fee.

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    andynap is online now
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    Re: A little late- sxm transfer information

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinS View Post
    You remember correctly that you had to hand over your JetBlue boarding passes. Doing so proves to SXM that you are in transit, and avoids you having to pay an SXM departure fee.
    It use to be that the departure fee is included in your ticket regardless. I don’t know that has changed.


    Andy

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    Eve is offline
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    Re: A little late- sxm transfer information

    I knew to keep the boarding pass safe, I just wasn’t sure at what point I gave it to them.
    no money was paid. Must have been in the ticket

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    Re: A little late- sxm transfer information

    Quote Originally Posted by Eve View Post
    I knew to keep the boarding pass safe, I just wasn’t sure at what point I gave it to them.
    no money was paid. Must have been in the ticket
    Ours were asked for so they could fetch our baggage.
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    Re: A little late- sxm transfer information

    Quote Originally Posted by Eve View Post
    If I can remember that far back…
    we exited the plane, got on the bus, went into arrival. Actually the SBC guy grabbed us before we went into the door with everyone else, I think. Gave a SBC guy our baggage claims and I think jet blue boarding passes. Then we followed the main guy down the long hall to the transit desk, and he needed passports, test results, sxm electronic approval. Gave us boarding passes.
    went to a woman who checked it all and moved us into security.
    went to the head of the line and we went through, and headed to Gate 1, basically a podium at the top of the ramp to the door.
    plenty of room to spread out in the terminal if you wanted.
    even though we were on a chartered plane, we still had to wait an hour for a plane to arrive, and it was scheduled for 1:30 anyway.

    Timeline
    plane landed 12:10
    Through security 12:45
    Boarding 1:15
    Plane takeoff 1:40
    Through immigration 2:00
    in villa 2:20
    lunch at Pearl Beach 3:00
    eve, thanks for this. this is great information.

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    cec1 is online now
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    Re: A little late- sxm transfer information

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinS View Post
    You remember correctly that you had to hand over your JetBlue boarding passes. Doing so proves to SXM that you are in transit, and avoids you having to pay an SXM departure fee.
    I recall, Kevin, days in the past when you taught many of us to go to a cashier window at SXM to get a refund of the transit tax that was pre-charged as part of our ticket fares. It only required showing boarding passes for flights from the US.

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    debd is offline
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    Re: A little late- sxm transfer information

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinS View Post
    You remember correctly that you had to hand over your JetBlue boarding passes. Doing so proves to SXM that you are in transit, and avoids you having to pay an SXM departure fee.
    Au contraire, mon ami. I believe that the transit fee is built into your original purchase price (taxes and fees). Used to be an easy fix on AA. In our experience, JetBlue offered us a refund, once, as a courtesy. As John would say, YMMV.

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    Re: A little late- sxm transfer information

    Quote Originally Posted by andynap View Post
    It use to be that the departure fee is included in your ticket regardless. I don’t know that has changed.
    Oops. Just saw this, after my later post. Yes, Andy, that has been our experience as well. AA used to reimburse it, only after that fact, with proof of transit. Haven't flown AA there in quite a while, so I can't speak to current situation. Our experience with JetBlue has been a refund, just once. Standard answer from JB has been - SXM charges us, so we pass it along. "We have no control."

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    andynap is online now
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    Re: A little late- sxm transfer information

    I got a refund just once from USAIR after I threatened suit. After that the transit fee was listed as "non-refundable."


    Andy

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    Re: A little late- sxm transfer information

    I am referring to an inbound transfer from a scheduled US flight to a charter, which is what Eve is referring to, not a connection to a scheduled inter-island flight or a scheduled connection back home the US.

    I was once successful in getting a cash refund of the departure tax at the AA counter in SXM. I rarely transit through SXM anymore.

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    Re: A little late- sxm transfer information

    AA seems to have surrendered its Caribbean destination position in SXM. Not as visible as it once was. AA dropped the ball after Debo retired. IMHO.
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    andynap is online now
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    Re: A little late- sxm transfer information

    Quote Originally Posted by amyb View Post
    AA seems to have surrendered its Caribbean destination position in SXM. Not as visible as it once was. Aa tumbled Downhill after Debo retired. IMHO.
    AA always lightened it’s trips toSXM in the summer. It will be back if not now soon with a full schedule to SXM.


    Andy

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    Re: A little late- sxm transfer information

    Quote Originally Posted by andynap View Post
    I got a refund just once from USAIR after I threatened suit. After that the transit fee was listed as "non-refundable."
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    Re: A little late- sxm transfer information

    Quote Originally Posted by andynap View Post
    AA always lightened it’s trips toSXM in the summer. It will be back if not now soon with a full schedule to SXM.
    Perhaps if all those furloughed pilots and flight attendant actually come back to work. I know one who isn’t too excited about returning. Post pandemic airlines are suffering. NeJets on the other hand is not taking any new members - full up and hiring pilots and buying new planes by the hundreds.
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