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Getting to Roatan from Seattle?

Discussion in 'Bay Islands' started by Seaweed Doc, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. Sneeg

    Sneeg Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: WA
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    My brother and sister-in-law took the Avianca flight from LAX to San Salvador to RTB in September and said it was fine. The best part was that it arrived at a different time rather than right when all three major airlines arrive on Saturdays.
    If you search Avianca here or on the TripAdvisor Roatan forum, you will get more info.
     
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  2. Trailboss123

    Trailboss123 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Tacoma, WA & Channel Islands, CA- USA
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    Unfortunately, Roatan is just not an easy, convenient or inexpensive flight destination for those of us flying from the Pacific NW or even from California. I was just there this past August. Saving grace for me was that the flight was paid for as a business expense. I did the United flight from LAX to Houston on a Friday, spent the night in the Airport Marriott and then got on the United flight Saturday morning into RTB. The other option was a redeye Friday night into Houston with the connecting flight Saturday. I don't do well with Red Eye's, so opted to get into Houston at a reasonable time Friday and get a good night's sleep in the airport hotel and arrive fresh and rested.

    I considered all of the alternative options, but none of them made sense to me for various reasons.

    All of that to say... it is just a pain in the behind to get there and if you wait, prices might come down into the $850 to $950 range-- probably never going to get less than that. But, they also shouldn't go any higher than the current $1280 RT. So, I would advise to wait and keep checking in hopes of rates coming down between now and the spring. You have some time still.
     
  3. Seaweed Doc

    Seaweed Doc Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Seattle, Washington State, USA
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    Avianca is running about $1166 now, but my cheapest option still seems to be Alaska to LAX and United from there.
     
  4. Trailboss123

    Trailboss123 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Tacoma, WA & Channel Islands, CA- USA
    1,388
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    ALSO A SAFE
    Also a safer option than Avianca for many reasons. Trust me, I lived in Central America for 7 years.
     
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  5. Seaweed Doc

    Seaweed Doc Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Seattle, Washington State, USA
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    Yeah, I flew TACA once 33 years ago and immediately understood why it's called Take A Chance Airline. With Avianca my biggest concern though is a missed connection. The on time performance hasn't been great
     
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  6. Trailboss123

    Trailboss123 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Tacoma, WA & Channel Islands, CA- USA
    1,388
    1,115
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    Exactly! that's the reason I didn't consider Avianca. Double whammy! Red Eye into San Salvador, arriving at O Dark Thirty with the likelihood of missing your connecting flight and being stuck for another day and your luggage also having a 50/50 chance of making it.
     
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  7. KathyV

    KathyV Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Midwestern US
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    Once on TACA they made us select just one piece of luggage (for both of us) that they promised to load on our plane, the rest of the luggage would (might) follow us later. We picked the bag with our dive gear.
     
  8. Doc

    Doc Was RoatanMan

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Chicago & O'Hare heading thru TSA 5x per year
    9,643
    2,283
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    And if TACA was (back in the day) running true to form, the OTHER bag showed up. :wink:

    They have been quite reliable in the last 10+ years, but I always fly from US straight to RTB, no mainland foolishness to "save money".
     
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  9. scrane

    scrane Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Boise, ID.
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    I've gone with Avianca quite a few times and even overnighted in the dreaded San Pedro Sula and I am still here to talk about it. Do I get a medal?
     
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