American Airlines sets fare at US$900 round trip Miami to Guyana

American Airlines sets fare at US$900 roundtrip Miami to Guyana

By Ray Chickrie – Caribbean News Now contributor

American Airlines-A319

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — In an extraordinary development that has surprised travelers and the tourism industry of Guyana, American Airlines (AA ) has begun selling tickets for the commencement of its Miami to Georgetown, Guyana, non-stop flights at US$900 from Miami, from NYC via Miami, the airfare is over US$1,200.

Service to Guyana will begin in December, and the airline will use a very small Airbus A319 with the capacity to carry about 120 passengers.   

This is no surprise to Tomas Chlumecky, who told Caribbean News Now a few weeks ago that operating an A319 on the Guyana/Miami route will be expensive because of the price tag to operate such an aircraft to Guyana per hour.

The airline will fly to Guyana from Miami four times weekly. AA flights will depart Miami at 6 pm and arrive in Georgetown at 11:40 pm. The return flight to Miami will depart GEO at 1:15 am and arrive at 4:55 am in Miami, conveniently for business travelers.

The airline will require passengers to pay a baggage fee of US$25 for the first checked bag.

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from NYC via Miami, the airfare is over US$1,200.

AA wants to bust Guyanese back because they know how desperate traveling back home has become for them. 

I hope with this fare they will get at least biscuit and tea on the flight home.  

Prince posted:

from NYC via Miami, the airfare is over US$1,200.

AA wants to bust Guyanese back because they know how desperate traveling back home has become for them. 

I hope with this fare they will get at least biscuit and tea on the flight home.  

Probably, an extremely high premium for these items.

A bit pricey. Caribbean Airlines is probably around $450 with a stopover in Trinidad. I hate the times they leave CJIA. I miss a night's proper sleep and I'm dead tired when I get back home. 

Chickrie probably has someone proof reading his articles before publishing. The guy couldn't write to save his life.

Mars posted:

A bit pricey. Caribbean Airlines is probably around $450 with a stopover in Trinidad. I hate the times they leave CJIA. I miss a night's proper sleep and I'm dead tired when i get back home. 

Chickrie probably has someone proof reading his articles before publishing. The guy couldn't write to save his life.

That's why I asked my question above.

Leonora posted:
Mars posted:

A bit pricey. Caribbean Airlines is probably around $450 with a stopover in Trinidad. I hate the times they leave CJIA. I miss a night's proper sleep and I'm dead tired when i get back home. 

Chickrie probably has someone proof reading his articles before publishing. The guy couldn't write to save his life.

That's why I asked my question above.

BK used to proof read for him at one time. 

Demerara_Guy posted:
Prince posted:

from NYC via Miami, the airfare is over US$1,200.

AA wants to bust Guyanese back because they know how desperate traveling back home has become for them. 

I hope with this fare they will get at least biscuit and tea on the flight home.  

Probably, an extremely high premium for these items.

If I ever go back to Guyana, I'll still fly Suriname airlines. They provide excellent service.

Prince posted:

Question on T&T stopover? How long is the wait and do passengers get to deplane while waiting? 

You change plane and go through a series of security checks. Keep in mind, you haven't left the secured area. They march you with your shoes in hand, belt and whatever you have about 3 times around for about an hour. It's very degrading and embarrassing. If Guyanese refuse to fly with them, they might be in big financial trouble.

Prince posted:

Question on T&T stopover? How long is the wait and do passengers get to deplane while waiting? 

The wait is almost 1 & 1/2 hours. You don't have to get off the plane. Just maneuver around the cleaning crew in Trinidad who come on to clean the plane. The pilots and support crew change on the way going to Guyana. 

skeldon_man posted:
Prince posted:

Question on T&T stopover? How long is the wait and do passengers get to deplane while waiting? 

You change plane and go through a series of security checks. Keep in mind, you haven't left the secured area. They march you with your shoes in hand, belt and whatever you have about 3 times around for about an hour. It's very degrading and embarrassing. If Guyanese refuse to fly with them, they might be in big financial trouble.

That's rude and unpleasant to Guyanese. During BWIA time, I get to deplane and go outside to eat bust-up-shot and think, crack jokes with them Trini fellas and so on. I guess those were the good days. 

skeldon_man posted:
Prince posted:

Question on T&T stopover? How long is the wait and do passengers get to deplane while waiting? 

You change plane and go through a series of security checks. Keep in mind, you haven't left the secured area. They march you with your shoes in hand, belt and whatever you have about 3 times around for about an hour. It's very degrading and embarrassing. If Guyanese refuse to fly with them, they might be in big financial trouble.

I didn't have to change coming and going (most times) and I took that route quite a few times last year. At Christmas, they add an extra flight leaving Guyana. Two planes leave Guyana, then one plane leaves from Trinidad to Miami. So if you booked on the flight that makes it all the way to Miami, you don't have to get off the plane. If you took the other plane, you have to get off, go through security again in Trinidad and then board onto the other plane. I had to change plane once and the second security check in Trinidad is a pain in the ass. They have you in a long line, waiting forever and then move you around like cattle and treating you like you're a criminal. Unfortunately, I trust them the most to bring me back and forth to Guyana on time since I heard many horror stories of people being stranded. I wouldn't mind taking AA but they have to come down on that $900 price to make it worth the while.

Mars posted:
skeldon_man posted:
Prince posted:

Question on T&T stopover? How long is the wait and do passengers get to deplane while waiting? 

You change plane and go through a series of security checks. Keep in mind, you haven't left the secured area. They march you with your shoes in hand, belt and whatever you have about 3 times around for about an hour. It's very degrading and embarrassing. If Guyanese refuse to fly with them, they might be in big financial trouble.

I didn't have to change coming and going (most times) and I took that route quite a few times last year. At Christmas, they add an extra flight leaving Guyana. Two planes leave Guyana, then one plane leaves from Trinidad to Miami. So if you booked on the flight that makes it all the way to Miami, you don't have to get off the plane. If you took the other plane, you have to get off, go through security again in Trinidad and then board onto the other plane. I had to change plane once and the second security check in Trinidad is a pain in the ass. They have you in a long line, waiting forever and then move you around like cattle and treating you like you're a criminal. Unfortunately, I trust them the most to bring me back and forth to Guyana on time since I heard many horror stories of people being stranded. I wouldn't mind taking AA but they have to come down on that $900 price to make it worth the while.

I experienced this twice. The last time I did, I said I would never, ever travel with Caribbean Airlines again. One security personnel told me that was the last time they were doing that exercise. I said yes for today. He looked at me with a strange expression.

Prince posted:
I have to ask, ma'am. How do you know BK and some of the veteran posters if you only join GNI in 2016? 

Your royal highness, I've been doing research and reading this site since it was a blog in 1994 upon Dr. Ishmael's recommendation! 

skeldon_man posted:
Demerara_Guy posted:
Prince posted:

from NYC via Miami, the airfare is over US$1,200.

AA wants to bust Guyanese back because they know how desperate traveling back home has become for them. 

I hope with this fare they will get at least biscuit and tea on the flight home.  

Probably, an extremely high premium for these items.

If I ever go back to Guyana, I'll still fly Suriname airlines. They provide excellent service.

So I heard. But they fly to and from  miami only.

People will still use AA because it is a non stop flight. They are baiting Caribbean Airlines to jack up their prices and will then implement their "specials" to Guyana.

More options are better for Guyanese, those who can afford will pay. I see some pensioners complaining and they still have an option to use Guyanese Abuser, Caribbean Airlines.

Mitwah posted:

I will avoid a stop over in Trinidad. Trini's have no respect for Guyanese.

Trinis treat Guyanese like cattle when they stopover during flights. Caribbean Airline has never addressed this issue and seems to be tolerating this type of behaviour.

Mitwah posted:
ksazma posted:

None of this matters to me as I have no intentions nor desires to go to Guyana or Trinidad.

This might be beneficial and convenient for Guyanese Traders.

More power to them then. It does look like fleecing though. Six months advance purchase at USD900. What would it be for short notice bookings?

Sheik101 posted:
skeldon_man posted:
Demerara_Guy posted:
Prince posted:

from NYC via Miami, the airfare is over US$1,200.

AA wants to bust Guyanese back because they know how desperate traveling back home has become for them. 

I hope with this fare they will get at least biscuit and tea on the flight home.  

Probably, an extremely high premium for these items.

If I ever go back to Guyana, I'll still fly Suriname airlines. They provide excellent service.

So I heard. But they fly to and from  miami only.

Sheik, I fly from Minnesota. It's cheaper for me going to Mia than NY. I hope they start flying from NY. I would like to see Caribbean Airways show more respect to Guyanese and come to realize that Guyanese help keep them in the air. 

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