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    Earl is offline
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    Tradewind Aviation

    Question...we are flying to SBH, via San Juan, and using Tradewind Aviation. Does anyone know how the baggage transfer works in San Juan, either to SBH or on return. Basically, do we have to go to baggage and get our bags to make the connection; or, can you check the bags through to Tradewind on the way to SBH; and on the return, how do the bags get to Delta/Continental? Thanks for any advise/insight you can offer.
    EARL
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    KevinS is offline
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    Re: Tradewind Aviation

    EARL -

    Your US airline will most likely have never heard of Tradewind, and will not have an interline baggage agreement. If you're doing the Shared Charter then getting the bags to Tradewind is your responsibility. When I arrive in SJU on AA I get my bags in Terminal D, and bring them to the Rome International Handling desk in Terminal B (I think it's B). It's about a 10 minute walk. Rome's counter is on the right hand side as you're facing the main checkin counters.

    On the return, you'll get your bags after Immigration, bring them through Customs, and then to CO/DL for checkin for your return flight. Tradewind can arrange a porter to carry the bags for you. Tradewind will escort you through Immigration and Customs, and then you're on your own.

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    Re: Tradewind Aviation

    Kevin has it right, but I would add that Sky Caps are available in SJU to help you get to Rome and on the return to SJU the Tradewinds staff will take you right through to the bag recheck area for your return flight. I've found the transfer to very painless, greased with a few tips!
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    Earl is offline
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    Re: Tradewind Aviation

    KevinS--

    We are on a Scheduled Flight on Tradewind, not a Shared Charter...but that should not make a difference--true?
    EARL
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    Re: Tradewind Aviation

    Earl -

    Tradewind may have changed their terminology, or I may have misunderstood it, but we're talking about the same thing.

    Tradewind has Shared Charters (called Premium Scheduled on their website, and in some spots St Barth Shuttle) and Full (Private) Charters (called Executive Charters and Caribbean Private Charters on their website).

    The Shared Charters are the 8AM and 3PM flights from SJU to SBH and the 11AM and 5PM flights from SBH to SJU, and you share them with others.

    The Full Charter is a private flight that operates when you want to go, rather than on a fixed schedule. The price is much higher for the Full/Private Charters, and Tradewind's agent will meet you at Baggage Claim and take care of the bag schlepping for you (at least they used to). Given the price of the full charter, you deserve a little extra service...

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    Earl is offline
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    Re: Tradewind Aviation

    Thanks KevinS/JEK...info is very helpful--thanks!
    EARL
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    Earl is offline
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    Re: Tradewind Aviation

    Called Tradewind and they confirmed all your info...basically, recommend carry-on. If you do check bags to connect to Tradewind, you have to recover your bags and then go through Customs/TSA again, and then take them to the Rome International Counter in Concourse B--they recommend at least 1.5 hours for the thrash. When returning to San Juan, pick up your bags in Customs and then check them in with the Major carrier for the next leg.
    EARL
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    JEK is offline
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    Re: Tradewind Aviation

    One correction - no Customs upon arrival in SJU from CONUS. On TSA, Rome will take you to the head of the security line with a paper pass/ticket. If all the pay-by-seat folks show up early, you may leave early. For the first time in a few years I'm not using them this season -- like the non-stop from IAD-SXM and the the SBC charter better as it get me to SBH much quicker than IAD-SJU-SBH.
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    Earl is offline
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    Re: Tradewind Aviation

    IAD to SBH is the perfect 2 hop...ORF to SBH is a 3 hop no matter how you do it. We are looking forward to doing the Tradewind thing for the first time. Next May we are doing SBC again. Bottomline--we want to be on SBH...Mrs EARL is getting really irritable--gotta hurry!
    EARL
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    andynap is online now
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    Re: Tradewind Aviation

    One correction - no Customs upon arrival in SJU from CONUS. On TSA, Rome will take you to the head of the security line with a paper pass/ticket. If all the pay-by-seat folks show up early, you may leave early. For the first time in a few years I'm not using them this season -- like the non-stop from IAD-SXM and the the SBC charter better as it get me to SBH much quicker than IAD-SJU-SBH.
    Oh my word- you are going thru SXM- how will you survive? LOL


    Andy

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    MIke R is offline
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    Re: Tradewind Aviation



    Oh my word- you are going thru SXM- how will you survive? LOL
    a little Xanax and procuring the services of a professional hand holder and all will be well..LOL
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    KevinS is offline
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    Re: Tradewind Aviation

    Called Tradewind and they confirmed all your info...basically, recommend carry-on. If you do check bags to connect to Tradewind, you have to recover your bags and then go through Customs/TSA again, and then take them to the Rome International Counter in Concourse B--they recommend at least 1.5 hours for the thrash. When returning to San Juan, pick up your bags in Customs and then check them in with the Major carrier for the next leg.
    As JEK said, they have it slightly twisted, but almost right - on your way to SBH you are outside the secure area when you reclaim your bags. You go to the Rome International counter, THEN the TSA checkpoint. Sometimes the Rome agent has escorted us to the front of the security line, other times we've had to grin and bear it. I'm not sure how it would work with carryon - Rome's counter is outside the secure area. I can get from Terminal D (if arriving on AA) to terminal B without leaving the secure area, but I'm not sure how I would connect with Rome. (Perhaps call them on the number stored in my mobile phone - 787-791-7400.)

    I'm happy enough to just be in the Caribbean at that point. I overnight in SJU as often as not, and then take the 8AM Tradewind flight rather than scrambling to make the 3PM. That's the plan for November, made when AA's BOS-SJU schedule was in flux. I may plan to do it in one day on my April trip.

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