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  1. #1
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    ANy great experiences with Timair?????

    Generally from the time you clear customs Couples makes you wait a bit for the next van, about 30-45 min. My take is you'll get their 2.5 hours from customs clearing.

    Being a type "A" I take the early flight and landing in MOBAY at 10:30am I want to be there ASAP!!! Timair has gotten expensive and I'd about freak if there was a delay in the flights. Sure its only a 15min ride, and it looks like a beautiful ride but I'd be timing the thing and wanting to be at the resort FAST......

    or, just chill, have a few "Stripes" and get their about 1-1:30pm let it happen!!!!

    Thats what we did last time and it was ok, but seems fewer are doing Timair. Am I missing anything?

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    We have taken the bus/car to Negril 3 times and TimAir one time. Our second to last trip we took TimAir and absolutely loved everything but the Negril airport where everyone was trying to sell us weed. The flight was beautiful. Our last trip, we arrived in MoBay we had every intention of flying again. We even used MoBay Club to clear customs and immigration a little faster. When we got to the Couples Lounge we told the staff person we were going to go arrange a flight. She told me to wait a second and informed me she had a car waiting for me right now if I would rather drive. Our bags immediately were taken out the door and we were on our way. The drive took us about an one hour fifteen minutes. The flight would have taken about 30 minutes from the time we got to TimAir till we were on the ground in Negril and another 10 minutes to get off the plane and to CSA. I made the quick decision to save the money and take the car ride on my guess that it would only save me about 30 minutes or so. We are planning the same strategy this October when we arrive as well - if there is going to be a wait, we'll fly.

    Kent

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    I am spending the week in CSS right now and next week @ CSA. I called for a quote from Boscobel (Ocho Rios) to Negril; $860 for 2 PAX - this is absurd! The reservation agent claims it is an hour flight, but being a pilot, I cannot see how this is possible in a C172 as I am showing about 85-90NM. I was considering it if I could get a flight for $350-450USD, but $860 is simply absurd and I'll take my 4 hour lump in the shuttle from CSS to CSA by smoking a big fatty and enjoying a couple RS

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    My wife and I have used Timair 6 times to go to CSA and back. We have always arrived at CSA more quickly than the shuttle. However, you will still have some downtime as you wait at the airport for the plane to get ready.

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    It has become costly

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    I think the cost increases have made the small amount of time savings less attractive. Now if you consider it as an excursion as well, then the cost benefits increase a little bit. The larger time savings is on the return trip. You can stay at the resort for an extra 1.5-2 hours.

    The main reason we used Tim Air was the ex had motion sickness issues in the vans but not in the co-pilot seat in the plane.

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    We have never used Timair but have flown Airlink both ways our last two trips to Swept Away. We have never had to wait for a flight and twice we were the only two on the plane. The pilot did a fly over of the resort for us to take photos. Upon arrival to the Couples Lounge a representative from Airink was there to meet us, helped with our luggage and walked us to their terminal and then to the plane. We arrived on a small air strip in Negril about five minutes from the resort. There was a cab there to meet us to take us to the resort. We paid $280.00 each way for both of us. For us it was worth the cost to be on the beach with a cool drink in our hand sooner.

    Ya Mon
    CSA 2012, 2013

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    TimAir is not entirely dependable as a time saver. That said, I view it as an excursion and did use them for our record arrival (CN Beach Bar, drink in hand, ~11:15 a.m.).

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    We have been to Negril 6 times and are heading back for #7 in Dec 2014. We did Timair last time in Oct 2013. It was absolutely wonderful and we really enjoyed the trip and the views! Did not seem to take too long at the airport and we would definitely do it again it we are wanting to get there ASAP.

    We like the bus ride too so for us it is really if we have budgeted the extra $ for the trip.

    Once your feet hit the ground in Jamaica, you are on island time so relax and and enjoy!

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    The pricing really makes it an easy choice to just chill and get in the van!!!

    I remember years ago seeing the construction of the "improved roads", the signs announcing the Japanese bank that financed it and it seemed so hopeful.

    While the ride is smoother and bypassing many of the villiiages saving time, its still amazing the roads out of Sangster are not more more open.

    We'll be moving about on a late Wednesday morning.

    Just gotta hope there are others on the flight, or another close by to get a "van full" quickly.

    In a perfect world one takes a later flight in the day, Pay for own transportation and stay in a hotel in negril for one night.. The vacay starts when you wake up ! Have a nice breakfast and head over to CSA late morning. The Room might not be ready but the beach will be!!!

    To do this still costs much less than Timair. As mentioned, one can stay a nite extra easy. Im ok with 7 nites myself.

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    It has become too expensive. We have flown TimAir the previous six times but had to shuttle this year. When the price of a roundtrip flight exceeds the price to stay an extra day at the resort it becomes an easy decision. We loved flying to Negril as the pilots are the best, the scenery is spectacular and the flight became one of the many highlights of the trip. Hope to be able to fly again next year.

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    Just got a one way quote from Mobay to Ocho Rios yesterday. A one way flight for me and Mrs. Piperman was closer to 2 days at CSS. No brainer, into the van we go!

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    I had to fire Tim-Air on the spot in Feb 2012. We had pre-chartered a plane before going to Jamaica and when I got to the counter I asked if the plane was ready and the agent would not give me a straight answer and started trying to kill time. I finally got the answer out of her that the plane would not be there for 30 minutes (at least 45 in Jamaica time). I fired them right there because I wasn't going to pay over 200 bucks to have the bus beat us to Negril. The International Airlink rep saw us walk away and ran up and said that they had a plane ready right now for the same price. He called the pilot, said just pay when you get to Negril and walked us out to the plane and we were airborne within 5 minutes. I had been in the pool bar for an hour when some people arrived that were in the lounge when we checked in at Mo-Bay. I would never pre-book again, if somebody has a plane ready to go great, otherwise I will just ride the bus. The key to this flight being a time saver is that the plane must be ready to go immediately when you clear customs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bargamon View Post
    In a perfect world one takes a later flight in the day, Pay for own transportation and stay in a hotel in negril for one night.. The vacay starts when you wake up ! Have a nice breakfast and head over to CSA late morning. The Room might not be ready but the beach will be!!!

    To do this still costs much less than Timair. As mentioned, one can stay a nite extra easy. Im ok with 7 nites myself.
    We doing a variation of this in November. We're flying in the day before and staying at Toby's in Montego Bay. Wake up the next day, take a five minute cab ride to the airport, get ushered by our driver to the Couples reception lounge and then on our way to CSS just after breakfast.
    Janice and Keith in FL


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    Quote Originally Posted by SWJones View Post
    We have never used Timair but have flown Airlink both ways our last two trips to Swept Away. We have never had to wait for a flight and twice we were the only two on the plane. The pilot did a fly over of the resort for us to take photos. Upon arrival to the Couples Lounge a representative from Airink was there to meet us, helped with our luggage and walked us to their terminal and then to the plane. We arrived on a small air strip in Negril about five minutes from the resort. There was a cab there to meet us to take us to the resort. We paid $280.00 each way for both of us. For us it was worth the cost to be on the beach with a cool drink in our hand sooner.
    Hi SWJones. Who are Airlink? I didn't know there was an alternative to TimAir - are you able to provide any more details?

    with thanks
    Cathy

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    Janicek - Will they allow you back into the airport couples lounge through the back entrance (usually the exit to the shuttles)? This sounds like a great idea if prices are cheaper on the later flights to the island and still not having to pay a taxi to Negril. Even if they won't let me in the airport, as long as we can use the "free" shuttle it sounds like a deal!

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    My husband and I went to CSA March 2012. We took the charter bus to the resort. Took approximately one and a half hours to get to CSA. It was very a scenic drive. On our departure from CSA. We opted to take TimAir to get to MBJ with time to spare. To do a shopping at airport. Morning of our departure, a heavy rain storm came in. We were concerned if we should take the charter bus back to MBJ. Went to front desk and they called TimAir to see if the flight was still a go due to weather. At first no one answered (7:00 am). Around 9:00 am Timair answers and informed us that the flight was still ago at 10:30 am. Meanwhile the charter bus from CSA leaves to MBJ. We get to airport at 9:45 am and 15 minutes later they advised us that the flight was cancelled due to weather. Our flight back to the states was scheduled at 12:35 pm. Here we are scrambling for a taxi to take us MBJ and get us there in time for our flight. We get a taxi but they want cash $100. My husband has to run down the street to nearest ATM machine to get cash. I was so nervous on the ride to MBJ in taxi. He was going fast (in the rain) to get us there in time for our flight. If it was not for Mobay Club add on we would have not made our flight out. Mobay Club met us outside the airport and whisked us all the way to our gate. We made our flight with only minutes to spare. This was our experience with Timair. We are returning to CSA October 2014 and we plan to only do charter bus to and from CSA.

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    I remember long ago when the road to Negril was under construction. SweptAway (before Couples) was compensating repeaters with a one-way flight on Timair (the only show in town at the time). Was a great flight, but ran pretty late... we waited almost an hour and did not quite beat the bus. Disappointing? yep... but you can not beat the view!
    Chris

    "In an abundance of water, the fool is thirsty..." - Bob Marley - "Rat Race"


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    When you book your stay through the Couples website and the extras comes up, Airlink is the flights that they offer to book through them. We have contacted them personally to schedule flights. There is a schedule if you click on it for more info it comes up. Although we have never really followed a schedule. They know your arrival and meet you at the Couples lounge to escort you to their area. Airlink and Timair are the same price. We have just had really good luck with Airlink.

    Thinking about whether we should take the shuttle this trip. Want to see the area and have that experience but just the thought of being on the beach drink in hand earlier makes it a hard decision.

    Ya Mon
    CSA 2012, 2013

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    I've been using Timair for years . But WOW !!! $1,200 RT from Montego bay to Ocho. That just doesn't make sense .
    Hopefully airlink will come in a little better. Otherwise looking forward to meeting some fun people on the bus

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