October 20, 2016

Getting to Maho Beach from Cruise Port in Philipsburg St. Maarten

You can spot plane flying over Maho Beach in Philipsburg
Maho Beach is also known as the airport beach because of how close the airport is to that beach. It's one of the tourist attractions in Phillipsburg as visitors enjoy spotting airplanes flying over the beach during flights taking off and landing.

If you are traveling to Philipsburg through cruise ship, you can follow the steps below to get to Maho Beach from the cruise terminal in Philipsburg:

  1. After you are allowed to disembark the cruise ship, walk towards the tourist information desk's direction. At the back of it, that's where you will find the taxi stand.
  2. You will see orange shirt people at the taxi stand. You walk up to them and tell them you want to go to Maho Beach or just look at the signs that are posted at each stand.
  3. Beneath each sign poster, you will see the taxi fare. Don't get intimidated of the fare that says 1-2 people $20 for Maho Beach. Taxi in St Maarten is not the typical taxi we are all used to. It's basically a shared van. The more people get in the taxi, the lesser price the taxi costs. So if there are just two of you traveling, wait until you get more people to go to Maho Beach as it will get much cheaper to get in the taxi. You don't have be related to other passengers.
  4. Hop on the van and enjoy the ride. It's about 20-30 minutes journey. Once you get to the beach, you pay your shared fare directly to the driver.
Not Typical Taxi - It's A Shared Van
Enjoy the beach and hopefully you get a good photo shot of airplane flying over the beach. My suggested time to go there is between 2pm and 3pm in the afternoon as there are usually big International flights come in. There's a surfboard in front of the Sunset bar that posts flights arrivals and departures information, or you can watch on their big screen tv for more flight schedules.

This surfboard has daily flight schedules
When you are ready to go back to the cruise ship, follow the same steps to get the taxi back to the cruise terminal. The fares remain the same based on how many people in the taxi.

Taxi Fare to Maho Beach
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October 2, 2016

My Experience With Delta's Basic Economy Fare Ticket

When it comes to purchasing airline tickets, I am one of those buyers out there that I only go for the cheapest and the most economical ticket if I cannot redeem air miles. I recently bought two tickets with Delta and had my first experience with their Basic Economy fare.

The fare rule is pretty simple straight forward, and Delta warns you before you pay for the ticket:
No seat assignment is available until after check-in
Refunds and any ticket changes, including same-day changes, are not permitted
No paid or complimentary access or upgrades to premium seats or products, including Delta Comfort or Preferred Seats, and no paid access to Priority Boarding

As you see, the rule is very restrictive. I decided to purchase the Basic Economy anyway because it was the lowest fare for two tickets. It's not the end of the world if we did not get to sit together and I could check in like the usual 24 hours before the flight's departure time and select our seats then. I called Delta and confirmed this before making the purchase.

When it was time to check in, I checked in right away on my mobile phone, hoping to score two seats and print our boarding passes. To my surprise, I was able to check in but I could not print boarding pass and could not select seats. That did not excite me because our flight was super early at 5:30AM in the morning. Since we would not check bags, I would prefer not to bother the Delta's agent desk or the kiosk at the airport. We just wanted to be dropped off at the airport and walked right to the TSA check with our carry-on bags.

I decided to call up Delta and told them the above concerns and what I was told by Delta before I bought those tickets. The agent was very helpful and she helped me out by allowing me to be able to print my boarding passes and she gave us two excellent exit row seats for two, plenty of legs room. We even got zone 1 boarding passes so we were able to get on the plane sooner than other zones and stored our carry on bags away.

There you have it, that's my experience with Delta Basic Economy fare ticket.

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