Airlines from LAX to Montego Bay
We have 2 choices on how to get to Jamaica next June from Los Angeles. Either US Airways with a stop in Charlotte, NC or Delta with a stop in Atlanta. Which would you guys take, im leaning toward Delta because they use a bigger plane- 767, in flight entertainment, plus more flight options in case something goes wrong- and you can smoke in the Atlanta terminal. US air is a little cheaper, and I hear Charlotte is a pretty chill airport to go through.
So, whats the best option here?
re: Airlines from LAX to Montego Bay
I've been meaning to chime in and 'am finally getting around to it...
Most of the options have been called out with the supporting reasoning. Personally, here is what I find and recommend:
If you are traveling during the day then I believe AA thru Miami makes the most sense. You get there ~ 8:00 PM and can get a good nights sleep and are ready to go the next day.
If you are doing the red-eye then I go in this order:
If you can spend a few extra bucks, AA thru Miami with the bump to get into the first class cabin. It is a 737 so 3-3 config makes it iffy in coach. The front of the bus gives the room and comfort to sleep and be ready for the beach by ~ noon the next day. The return on Delta that leaves at 3:00 allows for breakfast and a couple hours on the beach the last day. Sucks that it is a 757 usually, 3-3 config and you get home late, still worth it to us.
If $$$ is the play then going out on Delta on the 767 is the play 2-3-2 config. The trick is then to catch the flight from ATL to MBJ that is the MD-80 for the 2-3 config. The other possibility is a 737 or 757..., doable but 3-3 config. You may be able to catch a 767 coming home as well.
US Air thru Charlotte. Airbus 321, 3-3 config. Getting in at 9:50 am is the selling point. I would recommend reading airline reviews if this is your choice.
The only time airport matters to us is coming back. Avoid Miami and its customs nightmare at all cost. ATL and Charlotte much better.
There are a lot of ways to play this. It really does come down to personal favorites...happy travels, it is more important that you get there rather than how!
John and Chrissie
Airlines from LAX to Montego Bay
shasbro66053 - Maybe...40 mins is not a lot of time, however it is doable. Find out gate assignments as soon as available, do your research and make a plan!
Mona_and_rob - That flight has always been tempting to me as we want to be on the beach asap in the day. It is the 5.5 hours on the US Air red-eye that scares me off...
jamaicabruno - I absolutely agree about booking for a certain config. We have had equipment changes at least once per booking. Unless we book or upgrade to the first class cabin, the expectation is must be willing to accept whatever plane is at the gate :)
Happy Holidays All,
DFW Customs & Immigration
40 minutes layover?
We spent 60 minutes in Immigration this week- at 8PM. There were over 300 people in line and THREE Immigration agents- then someone vomited and the line had to be reconfigured & turned all around
....then we spent another 30 getting through Customs
Many passengers did not make their connections. This has never happened before and hpefully was a fluke- just a warning