Booking CUN-HAV HAV-CUN in late December
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Jul 6, 2012 4:43 PM Last Post By: johnabbotsford
Jul 6, 2012 4:58 AM
Booking CUN-HAV HAV-CUN in late DecemberHi there,
Have been reading this forum for the past few months as part of planning a 'big' (7ish month) trip starting in Mexico DF and ending in Bogota and have been able to use the info to really start getting a solid plan together, so - thanks...
Our rough itinerary is coming along nicely, and all being well we plan to be in Cuba over the xmas/NY period, arriving from/departing to CUN.
Problem is we don't know exactly when we'd be looking to fly from CUN-HAV (and back again)... only roughly which week (say second week in Dec returning 1st week in Jan), but ideally we will keep this as flexible as possible... i guess we don't know for sure how long we would like to stay, and for us it's better to book the return leg as and when we want to.
I guess I already know the answer, but how far in advance would you think I need to book these flights (bearing in mind the time of year, returning expats etc)... a few days, few weeks, (few months?).. i'm sure the ideal answer is 'asap' but practically this may not be the best option for us due to 'organic' nature of our itinerary.
Jul 6, 2012 5:57 AM
1I flew the CUN-HAV last november. While at the Divermex office in Cancun I asked what the back log was.............3 weeks! Just like you I hate to have to schedule so far in advance. Plans change, new interest, stay longer, ect............buena suerte
Jul 6, 2012 7:19 AM
Jul 6, 2012 7:23 AM
3thought as much... OK, will take that advice and tolerate some fixed dates. It gives a little structure in an otherwise open trip anyway...
Then I assume if it's the case with flights then it will also be the case largely with casas & Viazul bus (not to mention car which I imagine is largely out of the question if i dont book months in advance) ?
That really isn't what I was hoping to do... fixed flights are tolerable, fixed inter-city busses and accomodation less so I think.
Jul 6, 2012 7:37 AM
4Booking car months in advance does not necessarily means paying the car booked months in advance.
Yes Viazul should be taken into the high season consideration although not with the same “desperation” as there are now other means of transportation with same service and same rates.
Yes with casasa..if you want to enjoy the best ones around. Again booking a casa doe snot mean paying the casa right now IMO.
Jul 6, 2012 9:56 AM
Jul 6, 2012 11:27 AM
6there is the option on the website, so i assume so, but admittedly i haven't got much further than basic schedule/price sceen.
I was erring on the side of booking early even though it's not our 'preferred' M.O, and given the (even limited) responses I will take that approach I think,so thanks for the responses.
As for booking the Viazul tickets in advance (i.e. before even leaving the UK) , I think I will take a chance on that one and see how we go when we get there. What's the worst than can happen... ?! ;- )
looking forward to it!
Jul 6, 2012 11:58 AM
7The holiday season is when Cuban ex-pats traditionally return home to visit. Tourists are competing for the limited seats with several thousand Cuban nationals during the mid-December to mid-January time frame. You got limited responses because no one who has flown that route at that time of year or knows the route is going to give you a different answer to the question. If you want more flexibility you could fly out of Mexico City which has many more flight options, but even there you are better advised to reserve at least two months in advance.
Jul 6, 2012 12:54 PM
Jul 6, 2012 4:43 PM
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