We booked another Thanksgiving cruise for '04 on the Constellation. That way when we return from the Western Caribbean this Thanksgiving we won't have to go through as serious of cruise withdrawls. (That's a good rationalization, don't you think? ;-)
Airfare is not available at this time from CCL or the airlines because it is more than a year out I guess. My question is this for those having flown to San Juan previously:
How far out should I start looking for airfare for a flight that is Thanksgiving week of '04?
Is San Juan one of those places that will possibly be just as cheap to book air with CCL or are there sometimes sales to and from San Juan? Although I have been to San Juan on cruises, I have never flown to this destination.
Are there any discount carriers that have service to San Juan from the states? What is a reasonable airfare from the west coast?
Any guidance from you frequent cruisers would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. I'm in the dark about how much to plan for airfare.
The airlines (major)will only book 330 days out from departure or return so you will have to wait until then before you can even get a real airfare. Airfares into San Juan tend to run high on the "regular" carriers, but I know one of the new discount carriers has lower fares, but they are based on departures from the East coast , not from the West.
We usually use a Florida port (Miami, or Port Everglades) as the departure because the San Juan air add ons are significantly more expensive(especially when we have multiple people sailing.).
Best wishes ,and I hope you are able to get a decent $$ air ticket price.
Jet Blue, Spirit and SongAir (Delta) all fly to San Juan and although the prices are higher to SJ than to other destinations, they are cheaper than the standard airlines. Every so often there are sales to SJ on the major airlines but that could be because I'm on the east coast.
Actually the only time that I personally have found that the cruiseair is cheaper than getting air on my own is when the flights are open jaw. Other than that I can usually find better rates myself.
It has always driven me crazy that the fares to San Juan can be so high, even from the east coast...Sometimes, when the cruise deals are insanely cheap from there, your air can make you sob....Though when you do the math adding the high air and low cruise price, you can still come out ahead ....And I adore the southern itinerary the mosty...
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Re: Airfare to San Juan
Chuck, it might be more cost effective to book two seperate segments....for example from Portland to Miami and then Miami to San Juan....leaving hours in between arrival in Miami and departure; and vice versa on the return. Usually you can find cheaper rates with the 48 states and then from Miami to San Juan. Just a thought.
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Thanls for all the help everyone. Lisa's idea of two separate segments may be the way to go. The good thing is I have almost a year before final payment is due and have lots of time to try to figure it out.