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    Hello everyone,

    I am trying to book a flight to POP from Milwaukee for my upcoming stay at Beach Palace in Cabarete 11-1712 to 12-1-12. I'm having a gosh darn terrible time coming up with flights of less than 20 hours duration and less than 850.00. It seems as though one now needs to allot 24 hours of travel time, with an overnight layover. I've not traveled in 4 years, but don't recall the flight options being so limited at that time. If anyone has any suggestions I would be very thankful.

    Jimmy

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    Well gosh durnit Jimmy, why not check out Spirit Air and land in Santiago.

    Seein' as how POP gets so little traffic from the states these days you would be much better off ($$$$) to fly into Santiago (STI).

    And you can get a bus or car up to here you will be staying for cheap, too.

    Also Jet Blue flies in and so does Continental and Delta..see about those connections...I just checked Spirit and you can do it for less than 600 and maybe for less than 500.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyGibbon View Post
    Hello everyone,

    I am trying to book a flight to POP from Milwaukee for my upcoming stay at Beach Palace in Cabarete 11-1712 to 12-1-12. I'm having a gosh darn terrible time coming up with flights of less than 20 hours duration and less than 850.00. It seems as though one now needs to allot 24 hours of travel time, with an overnight layover. I've not traveled in 4 years, but don't recall the flight options being so limited at that time. If anyone has any suggestions I would be very thankful.

    Jimmy
    Jimmy I can save you some bucks, but it will be an adventure. I think it might save you about 400 to 450 dollars if you are up for the challenge.

    1. you have to take a Greyhound to Chicago.

    2. After that you walk outside to right and around the corner is Clinton Ave and the 'blueline" train to Ohare. The walk from
    the bus station to the subway is not even a 3 min walk.

    3. Take the train that says Ohare to the airport The total cost to get to Ohare from Milwaukee is 7.75USD your eyes are not playing tricks on you I said 7.75USD for both bus and train.

    Instead of flying into pop you have to fly into STI from NYC. So ORD to NYC to STI the whole trip takes about 7 hours, you leave Chicago around 7:30 P.M. and arrive in STI 4:30 A.M.

    The price of the ticket is 500USD sorry thought it would be a little cheaper then that, but the airfare went up.

    Now I have to pass you off onto the experts of Santiago who can give you info on getting from STI to Cabarete. I know who to get you out of the midwest, but I am not to familiar with STI.

    BTW The airline is Jetblue
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    When ever we go to Milwaukee or Denver from POP we ALWAYS end up staying over night in Miami. Look into Jetblue and Spirit.
    My son is coming from Milwaukee next month on Jetblue via New York. One hour layover in NY then he lands in Santiago. At most its a 90 minute drive to POP from Santiago. Good luck

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    Looked at your flight times on Kayak. They sure do suck. We can go from Vancouver, Canada to Puerto Plata in 16 hours normally or if we can get a direct flight, in 7 hours.

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    I like Hillbilly's idea. BUT... keep in mind that the airlines release seats over time and what you find today you might find completely different tomorrow. Sometimes when I'm shopping for flights, (Pittsburgh to Punta Cana), I'll find the same thing you're finding... stinking red eye flights with lengthy layovers at astronomical prices. Then the next day I'll find excellent flights for reasonable (????) prices, (if any airfares these days can be called reasonable.) The travel gurus say for international, shop 4 months out. It's also best to look Tuesday through Thursday, as the cheap seats generally are posted late Monday and then they raise the prices over the weekend, (when most people shop online.) Having specific dates makes it more difficult... flexible travel time is better. Good luck navigating the mine field!!!

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    Thanks everybody for your help. It appears that Santiago will be the better option. The only snag is that the flight arrives in Santiago at 2:00AM. I'm sure that Caribe and Metro don't run at that time. I'll keep researching and let you guys know what I come up with.

    Thanks again.

    Jimmy

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    Stay overnight in Santiago, then get the bus later in the morning....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hlywud View Post
    Stay overnight in Santiago, then get the bus later in the morning....
    Thats what the STI passengers seem to do, stay over.
    The late nite cabana charges are peso peanuts, they tell me..

    It may still add up to 20 hrs but at least part of it is sleeping in a bed.

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    You could stay at a cabana for 2 - 3 hours, then grab a taxi to the bus station for the earliest bus North in the morning. This gives you a few hours to catch some z's.

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