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    The second half of July.

    Looking to see if the Travel Agent who gave us reasonable price on Delta tickets (One bag each) can book the Copa flight I found on line this afternoon. ($15 more per ticket but 2 bags and No US connections)

    Right now I can imagine that almost 90% of what we will take is already arranged..

    Speculate I will be tripping over packed bags by the front door by Apr 15..

    And so it begins... (Or has begun I guess)
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    Know how you feel, before I moved here full time I had a room in my place that was used as a "staging area", from the day I would get back to the States I would start packing for the next trip.

    Been playing the airfare game myself, makes my head hurt.
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    Wish we were going. The relatives who we'd be visiting will be up here this summer and the house we usually crash at is, shall we say, "occupied."

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    We Hummmmmed and Hawwwwwed over it and the past winter put over the threshold..

    3 Weeks, so I hope we get to travel some this time.. Costena looks reasonable to DAC so may see the mad man in port.. If Chilo wants to brave the Twin Hamster 5000..
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    Looking like it is going to be August for us this year but hope to spend 2-3 months this time....Jinotepe and LCI.

    I decided to start leaving stuff in Nica so as not to schlep them back and forth any more. Tired of paying AA and La Costena.
    Life's different here ... It's a whole 'nother pace.

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    Not sure what the future holds, The company I work for got sold for 25 billion, hoping its more of a merger, and see if I make the cut. Big fun in Big Pharma!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bill_bly_ca View Post
    We Hummmmmed and Hawwwwwed over it and the past winter put over the threshold..

    3 Weeks, so I hope we get to travel some this time.. Costena looks reasonable to DAC so may see the mad man in port.. If Chilo wants to brave the Twin Hamster 5000..
    Hahahaha,,, me thinks he is referring to the Casa del Diablo with the Mad man DSB...

    I am not mad, I am the Crazy Gringo here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richit View Post
    Big fun in Big Pharma!
    There is Big Pharma in Nica too... Farm white Lobster...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Plain John Wayne View Post

    I am not mad, I am the Crazy Gringo here!

    I think if I polled the general populous for "That Crazy white guy" 1/2 will point north, 1/2 will point south..
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    Quote Originally Posted by bill_bly_ca View Post
    I think if I polled the general populous for "That Crazy white guy" 1/2 will point north, 1/2 will point south..
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    To be called a "Has Been" I must surmise, is much Greater than to be called a "Nevah Been"... JW...



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    We ended up on Delta as the Copa seats turned into a pumpkin at the time we hit the switch.

    Only one bag each <Bill quietly smiling>

    While Copa would have given us 2 bags it was more the ease of connection on the return that appealed to me - Here's hoping the US citizen line allows Canadians in line again.. They did last time. This is because Canadians do not need the pictures and palm scan, the item which slows the visitor lines..

    Final inc taxes was $710 CDN ea - $556US before fees and taxes..
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    Just came through Miami customs last week. USA and Canadians all have to go to kiosks first. Had never used one. Swipe passport, takes a pic of each person in the group, then prints out a photo receipt. You show the photo receipt and passport to official and go on through. Some people were getting X's over their receipts and had to get back in line and go see an official. Was very fast.

    Then you go into baggage and they put up a new customs check point at the exit where they interview everyone before you can leave and it ends up taking 2 times longer than before . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwah2249 View Post
    Just came through Miami customs last week. USA and Canadians all have to go to kiosks first. Had never used one. Swipe passport, takes a pic of each person in the group, then prints out a photo receipt. You show the photo receipt and passport to official and go on through. Some people were getting X's over their receipts and had to get back in line and go see an official. Was very fast. .

    I used that in Toronto on my last trip to Houston in Dec.. It worked like a charm - We are going through Hartsfield so I am pretty sure it would be installed there too.. I did see a few people win the secondary review lottery when I was doing mine though..

    For me in Toronto time was about 1/2 regular.
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    i don`t know what you talking about a kiosk, but at Vegas you swipe your passport thru a machine to print a boarding pass and declare your baggage. The boarding pass you printed at home is chopped chicken liver.You pay the second bag charge, if applicable by credit card. then on to the United counter where there is little to do except have your bags weighted and tagged.

    i was checking flights the other day. United is always the best deal with moderately crappy departure and arrival times for mga/vegas. I was surprized to see Copa was way pricey on the mga/la run, but compettitive on the mga/vegas run, but the return flight had real bad hours. Maybe someday I`ll see if Copa allows a layover in Cd Panama on the way to or from mga. It might be a good way to pick up some vacation time in Panama.

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    Quote Originally Posted by el duende grande View Post
    i don`t know what you talking about a kiosk, .
    You would only see these Kiosks upon entry to the US... Canadians clear US customs before we board a US bound flight..
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    Quote Originally Posted by el duende grande View Post
    i don`t know what you talking about a kiosk, but at Vegas you swipe your passport thru a machine to print a boarding pass and declare your baggage. The boarding pass you printed at home is chopped chicken liver.You pay the second bag charge, if applicable by credit card. then on to the United counter where there is little to do except have your bags weighted and tagged.

    i was checking flights the other day. United is always the best deal with moderately crappy departure and arrival times for mga/vegas. I was surprized to see Copa was way pricey on the mga/la run, but compettitive on the mga/vegas run, but the return flight had real bad hours. Maybe someday I`ll see if Copa allows a layover in Cd Panama on the way to or from mga. It might be a good way to pick up some vacation time in Panama.

    LA is always more money for some reason. I had been getting some good deals on that new Delta redeye to SJO (turns the next morning back to LA, leaving at 7AM and change).

    Flights ARE more lately; I feel I can drive for less as long as there is a second person's flight to cover. Lot longer, of course, but I am technically retired, and I can sure haul a $hitload of stuff when I drive -plus arrive at my door.

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    I always wanted to try the drive, but after DSB's last trip down I think I'll stick to the airplanes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeyWestPirate View Post
    Flights ARE more lately;
    That's for sure.. Used to be between $550 and $625 all in.. Now it is unlikely to get $550 before fees and taxes.. Even mighty Spirit is $628 before they starting loading up the tally...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bill_bly_ca View Post
    We ended up on Delta as the Copa seats turned into a pumpkin at the time we hit the switch.

    Only one bag each <Bill quietly smiling>

    While Copa would have given us 2 bags it was more the ease of connection on the return that appealed to me - Here's hoping the US citizen line allows Canadians in line again.. They did last time. This is because Canadians do not need the pictures and palm scan, the item which slows the visitor lines..

    Final inc taxes was $710 CDN ea - $556US before fees and taxes..

    That is a good price, about the same just to get to ATL & back.

    Airfares are whacky in the coming months, was looking several months in advance and they are more expensive than flying on short notice.

    Spirit is still by far the cheapest but you have to deal with Spirit. Long as my start and finish is FLL I feel safe with them but any connections get shaky.
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    Spring Break/Semana Santa, you'd expect airfares to be up right now. Gas went up ten cents a gallon this week, up here.

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    So this almost reads as a Nica-ness WRT the tickets..

    Read on line ticket - Bagage allowance -> Click link - > Link says $25 for every bag..

    Said to self - "I thought there was one included bag per person"

    Call place where we buy ticket... They say 2 bags, 70lbs each..

    I say to myself - "Sounds too good" lets check with Delta..

    Delta says "2 bags at 50lbs per person" .

    So now we have packing stress again as the 4 bags no charge and one additional being paid by SIL (5 total) can now be 8 bags..

    I negotiated sanity.. 6 Bags tops.. No More..

    Surprisingly we were not all packed this time, last bag was filled last night.
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    That last minute stuff can do you in. I favor a carry on that meets requirements, but is so heavy the overhead sags as I put it in. Shameless, I also carry a collapsible cane and limp to the gate with my official carry on on top of my wheeled 50 pound computer bag. Hey, I'm old, it doesn't raise any eyebrows.

    One trip back on Delta last year, I'm in LA - (we live in a remote area five hours from the airport, and Shelley and I would make a weekend of my arrival and departure. We get a heavily discounted Priceline 4 star for $65, easy to do on weekends, and visit an attraction like the Long Beach Aquarium. It's a nice way to say hello and goodbye.

    This trip I was all packed, I had some heavy stuff like 2000 SS deck screws, etc, and I got an email from my foreman. He was building furniture items, and said, we could really use a couple of sanders, this hand sanding is getting old. I went to Home Depot, picked up a 4" belt sander (not that heavy, considering) and a smaller oribital finisher sander, plus belts and sheets of sandpaper. I stuck this into my carryon, moving some lighter stuff into the checked bags.

    I check my bags, right at 50, head to security, get the usual bag check (so dense they can't see through it), two TSA people carry my bags over to that stainless steel table they use with the explosives tester. Both complain about the weight, but I'm jovial, joking with them. Computer bag is OK, but I have to repack it, lady can't get all the stuff back in. I tell them I'm moving to Nicaragua, have a coffee farm there, they're human, I usually have good luck. It breaks up their day. I already know that TSA doesn't care about bag weight as long as it fits into the X-ray tunnel. Airlines come and go: I see some people bring some pretty humongous carryons into the cabin.

    TSA: "You can't bring power tools on the plane" (didn't know that, clearly you could sand someone to death if you could find an AC outlet, so makes perfect sense). No hand tools over seven inches. We chat for a few minutes, mostly about the strange things people put into carryons,, and he escorts me back out of the security area. Now I have two bags both over fifty, one WELL over fifty, and I have to check one. I remove a bunch of books from the computer bag, I can put those on top, carry the finish sander too (still in box, and TSA guy said that would be OK), stuff as much as I can from the Carry On into my computer bag with is already bursting at the seams. I wind up with a pile of stuff on top of my wheeled computer bag and one overweight carryon I have to check.

    I head back to the ticket agent, tell my sad story, he says, " you know, this is your third bad, going to cost you $130". I say, OK, but can you help me with the weight, after all my efforts it's still 55#?? It's all automated now, weight from the scale goes into the computer when he hits the enter key. He looks around, lifts up my bag with one hand, I see digital readout fall below 50, and he hits the enter key with the other hand.

    I head back to security with my motley collection of pieces + computer bag. For some reason I always get to go through the express line (where they have one, no shoe removal), TSA sees me coming, smile, push my stuff through, don't bother looking in my computer bag this time. Once in the secure area I buy a cloth shopping bag for all the pieces that won't fit into the computer bag, stuff the books, finish sander, other junk, into that.

    That one I didn't do so well, could have probably bought the belt sander at SINSA for well under the HomeDepot price plus the $130, but, you win some, and lose a few. It's what I like about driving: no weight limitations.

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    Last time I flew Delta from MGA to Saskatoon....I got 1 bag free (50lbs) enroute Saskatoon.....On the way back, I had to pay $25 for 1 suitcase I traveled with. That was in the summer of 2013.

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    Last trip with Delta I had a checked bag (up to 50# free, it was 49.7#), 1 carry on that was so heavy I had a hard time getting up and into the overhead bin, and my "personal" item, a small daypack that was none too light.

    Used to always travel with just a carry-on roller bag, was so nice. Lugging all this crap around big airports is a nightmare, probably the reason I always dread travel now, used to it fun, now it not so much.
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