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Re: Maya Island Air #93053
10/26/04 04:45 AM
10/26/04 04:45 AM
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Hondo, TX. USA
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Old Chinese proverb:
Lack of planning on your part does not create an emergency on my part.

Re: Maya Island Air #93054
10/26/04 07:24 AM
10/26/04 07:24 AM
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Maple Grove, MN USA
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On our trips to AC we've always had reservations on Tropic. I don't believe we've ever made it on the flight we had reservations for. It seems to me that the flights are filled by whoever makes it to the counter first, first come, first served. If walk-ins get there first, they get the seat. If your flight is filled, you get in line with everyone else. No problem, they make sure everyone gets there. The first time it happened on the first trip, we were a little peeved (wanted to get to AC in daylight) but the view when we did lift off made up for everything. I still get a little antsy when this happens, my first Belikin should be out of a bottle, not a plastic cup. But then, the other option as we're sitting there is still being in Minneapolis in Feb. No contest, island time is a part of the package. Enjoy it.


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Re: Maya Island Air #93055
10/26/04 08:03 AM
10/26/04 08:03 AM
Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 4,268
Bellaire, Tx. and the World
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I agree... first of all, even if I was told no reservation is neccessary... why would you even consider going ANYWHERE without a reservation?

For me, the only times I have arrived without a previous reservation was when my trip was very last minute, and I do mean last minute. Even then, there is ALWAYS a way to contact people.

I agree with Bobber.... the minute you land in Belize, you are on island time... personally, I think it's all part of the adventure. eek

Re: Maya Island Air #93056
10/26/04 08:06 AM
10/26/04 08:06 AM
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I have to second Cracker Larry and Bobber. Last summer 6 of us(with reservations) arrived in San Pedro on 3 different flights, with luggage on 4. It's a little disconcerting to first-time visitors, but I firmly believe they-whether Tropic or Maya- will bend over to get you where you need to be. I've never been on the flight I booked, but always get there w/o worries but always a little sense of amazement


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Re: Maya Island Air #93057
10/26/04 09:41 AM
10/26/04 09:41 AM
Joined: Oct 2001
Posts: 6,216
San Pedro AC Belize
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If you want advice about reservations on an airline, probably ask the airline itself, not a message board.

About "lying" and airlines ......American Airlines, Continental and the rest of those first-world airlines can sell you a full-fare ticket and then tell you they have no seat for you. You have connections to make, and would not have bought a ticket for that particular flight if you really wanted to fly another time or another day. Your trip is all messed up, you are not to blame, but - if you express anger you run the risk of being detained as a possible terrorist.

NOt long ago I bought a ticket on Continental flying to Paris De Gaulle - I had a connection with another flight in DeGaulle. Continental adn another airline combined a couple of flights and landed instead at Orly. NOT a good thing, and not disclosed when we boarded the plane.

A little wait in Belize City (frustrting as it may be)pales in comparison with these events.

Re: Maya Island Air #93058
10/26/04 10:20 AM
10/26/04 10:20 AM
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Maple Grove, MN USA
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While we were awaiting our Tropic flight (end of Jan), we saw something a bit out of the ordinary. Maya had been paging a passenger for a flight south, and the passenger didn't answer. He showed up just after the flight left. He was a German kid, maybe late teens early 20's, and had been on the phone to his sister at the destination and didn't hear the page. His flight was the last of the day, he had packed all of his money in his checked luggage (which was on the flight)and was quite at a loss as to what to do. Maya OFFERED to cab him into town, put him up for a night, and get him on the first flight in the morning. I was quite impressed with their handling of the situation.


Been there, done that, the washing machine ate the T-shirt
Re: Maya Island Air #93059
10/26/04 11:13 AM
10/26/04 11:13 AM

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WE took the water taxi - great ride - a whole hour in the sun out on the beautiful sea, a great chat with several locals and considerably cheaper. Left right when they said it would! wink

Re: Maya Island Air #93060
10/26/04 11:26 AM
10/26/04 11:26 AM
Joined: Jun 2004
Posts: 1,337
HOUSTON TX
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Make reservations........ It's the luck of the draw if you don't.

Only time I had no reservations was going to New Orleans one time, didn't have reservations for hotel. Went to Royal Sonesta around 4 pm, said they were booked but to wait till 5. So we moseyed into the bar for a cocktail, at 5 we checked with the desk. Wait till 6. Moseyed, cocktailed. At 6:10 we were shown to the Presidential Suite, I believe it was the Presidential suite. We payed $79 for a $900 room! Greatest room I ever stayed in!!! Now that payed off!!! eek

Re: Maya Island Air #93061
10/26/04 11:27 AM
10/26/04 11:27 AM
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HOUSTON TX
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OOPS, sorry hijacked.... Fingers go away from me...

Re: Maya Island Air #93062
10/26/04 03:32 PM
10/26/04 03:32 PM
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I forgot to mention that the other couple that was with us HAD reservations for the plane trip to AC. This was their 7th trip, but always used Tropic. They said that they wouldn't use Maya again! They didn't like being lied to, either.

We couldn't eat or have a drink while waiting because everything was closed. That was a very creepy time. We didn't know if we would be stranded w/o a flight to AC because we kept being told different things.

We didn't know that 2:30 was the last flight into Belize City airport. How would we know that?

I have worked in a customer service job for years. I don't expect to be lied to by anyone. I'm more trusting, because I wouln't lie to a customer.

We have traveled to many 3rd world countries and had only 1 bad experience with an airline.

My husband has been to AC 3 times and I have been there 2 times. We have always used Tropic air. If we come again, guess which airlines we'll use????

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