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by tay50 @, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 09:30 (27 days ago)

Received an email from United Airlines this morning indicating a slight change in our itinerary, an additional 10 hours to get home mind you. I have been coming to Ixtapa/Zih for 15 years now and always have taken the same flights and just about the same times every year. So now our trip is in jeopardy or will be shortened by 3 days. I know United will add back into their flight schedule our normal flight back to Detroit after we make all the changes. United works best for us flying out of Detroit, usually 7 hours down and 9 hours back home, which is why we use them. So much for booking 6 months early to get the hotels and flights we wanted. Not sure at this point if we are coming down or if we decide to come how much it will cost for changes to hotels and flights? :rant:

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by MrChristopher, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 10:02 (27 days ago) @ tay50

not sure where youre coming from, but we live in Michigan and generally take the nonstop from Chicago, that way United cant screw it up. just a thought.

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by burgess1952, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 10:26 (27 days ago) @ MrChristopher

We had a similar situation with United. Flights we had taken for years changed and only way to get back home was a 27 hr flight zih to mexico city to ohare to DSM. I too thought they would maybe add back flights but never happened. Not many choices for us to travel to Z. Only option now is the catch a flight from Omaha. Could be worse - but miss the ease of flights from home, especially when we live 10 minutes from airport.

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by Mexalberta @, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 10:39 (27 days ago) @ burgess1952

Always amazes we Canadians how your Airlines are focused on flying from city to city within your country but anything else is a form of torture and control.

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by Canada1 @, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 11:42 (27 days ago) @ Mexalberta

Yup, real easy to get to zi out of Alberta, direct flight 5.5 hrs.

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by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 11:46 (27 days ago) @ Canada1

How about Off Season?

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by Mexalberta @, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 11:59 (27 days ago) @ Labrat

Not to Zihua but numerous direct to the major destinations in Mexico, PV, Los Cabos and more than once daily to Cancun.

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by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 12:00 (27 days ago) @ Mexalberta

Yeah, same from MSP (Minneapolis), but I don't want to go there. (chuckle)

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by Canada1 @, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 15:41 (27 days ago) @ Labrat

Calgary to salt lake city to Mexico city to zi....11 hrs. And reverse the stops coming back.

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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 16:17 (27 days ago) @ Canada1

Isn't there a direct flight to "Z". I heard Canadians talk about direct flights from Canada this year.

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by Mexalberta @, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 16:23 (27 days ago) @ Paulf

Isn't there a direct flight to "Z". I heard Canadians talk about direct flights from Canada this year.

He was kidding. We have 5 direct direct to Zihua from Calgary during the season. We have been travelling to Mexico for more than 25 years and have never had to change planes or overnight.

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by Canada1 @, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 18:25 (27 days ago) @ Mexalberta

Isn't there a direct flight to "Z". I heard Canadians talk about direct flights from Canada this year.


He was kidding. We have 5 direct direct to Zihua from Calgary during the season. We have been travelling to Mexico for more than 25 years and have never had to change planes or overnight.

Was talking about off season regarding the yyc to salt lake to mex city and then zih. Definately direct during the season out of yyc.

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by Mexalberta @, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 22:35 (27 days ago) @ Canada1

Isn't there a direct flight to "Z". I heard Canadians talk about direct flights from Canada this year.


He was kidding. We have 5 direct direct to Zihua from Calgary during the season. We have been travelling to Mexico for more than 25 years and have never had to change planes or overnight.


Was talking about off season regarding the yyc to salt lake to mex city and then zih. Definately direct during the season out of Daily from Yyc to Mexico City all year around then to Zih. Skip Salt Lake

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by Grumpy in Lake Cowichan @, Vancouver Island B.C Canada, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 16:26 (27 days ago) @ Paulf

As long as you live in Calgary it's direct...... If you live elsewhere you fly to Calgary like we did...... Got lucky on the way down all in one day from Victoria ........ Overnighted here in Calgary last night and waiting at the airport now to fly to Victoria....... Balmy -14c and smowing here in Calgary....... Not suited for shorts and sandals but all good ..... One year we hope to be able to fly direct out of Victoria ....... I think you can on a charter to an All Inclusive in Ixtapa but that's not our thing and using Air Canada well that's a whole other story

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by Mexalberta @, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 16:41 (27 days ago) @ Grumpy in Lake Cowichan

But you live in paradise for the most part. Living on a island with a small population does have drawbacks.

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by islandgirl @, Cowichan Valley, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 21:34 (27 days ago) @ Mexalberta

Doesn't feel much like paradise right now! 8 C and monsoon type rain non-stop for about a day and a half now.

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by Grumpy in Lake Cowichan @, Vancouver Island B.C Canada, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 22:21 (27 days ago) @ Mexalberta

You are correct we do live in paradise........we will still find our way to our winter paradise no matter the obstacles.........I have made a note to look into getting in on one of the charters going to the All Inclusives in Ixtapa next year just to hitch a ride if possible.........yup island girl the rain was pretty thick all the wrap up from Victoria.........hopefully things are okay downstream from us and no serious flooding

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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Monday, January 29, 2018, 08:13 (26 days ago) @ Grumpy in Lake Cowichan

Years ago when Apple Vacations did Charters from Chicago, they offered air only space available at a decent price. I thank they still offer air only but not much cheaper and the flights are regular air line flights. We had family that did a Caribbean deal with them and the plane on the return had engine trouble and another plane had to be sent from the States to pick up the passengers on the various islands- took them over 24 hours over their normal return time.

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by noelofthenorth, Monday, January 29, 2018, 16:30 (26 days ago) @ Grumpy in Lake Cowichan

Book a one week in a package and dump the back end of the ticket, then when you want to return contact the agent at the hotel for a one way back to BC.. Since they brought you down they will sell you a return ticket... We have been doing that for 20 plus years from Montreal... One week in the Hotel then rent apartment or condo for the duration... Good luck...

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by Grumpy in Lake Cowichan @, Vancouver Island B.C Canada, Monday, January 29, 2018, 23:17 (26 days ago) @ noelofthenorth

I will look into that thanks

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by Quadra Paul @, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 18:28 (27 days ago) @ Grumpy in Lake Cowichan

You can do it in one day if you drive to Courtenay, and stay overnight there. Get the 6am flt to Calgary and 9:35 flt to Zihua! Makes for a long day though. We prefer to fly to calgary the day before. Easier on us Geezers!

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by Grumpy in Lake Cowichan @, Vancouver Island B.C Canada, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 22:25 (27 days ago) @ Quadra Paul

Um That's not one day though ;-)

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by Quadra Paul @, Monday, January 29, 2018, 18:55 (26 days ago) @ Grumpy in Lake Cowichan

True! But you can catch a flt to Calgary late in the day from Comox, which puts you into Calgary around 8-9pm, stay at the Delta at the airport, have a nice leisurely breakfast, jump on the 9:35 to Zihua and BINGO, you're there!

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by Grumpy in Lake Cowichan @, Vancouver Island B.C Canada, Monday, January 29, 2018, 23:19 (26 days ago) @ Quadra Paul

We have done similar leaving outta Victoria overnight in Calgary but would really like a one and done

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by Fly on the Wall, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 18:26 (27 days ago) @ Paulf

Toronto and Montreal fly direct in season to Zih , About 5 hrs . Saturday and Sundays . Otherwise it’s daily direct tby Air Canada or Aeromexico to MEX . 3 hour layover then on to ZIH . Aeromexico going back if off season through MEX .

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by tay50 @, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 10:35 (27 days ago) @ MrChristopher

We fly out of Detroit, trying to get a return flight through Chicago on Saturday the 10th, we will cut our trip short if we have to.

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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 14:38 (27 days ago) @ tay50

Next Saturday we have the direct flight to Chicago leaving around 1:30. The last I looked there were open seats on our flight home. We drive from Lexington, Ky to be able to take the direct r/t flight on Saturday. If we drive to Cincinnati for the United flight, there is a very tight schedule on the return flight to make the Cincinnati connection.

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by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 10:42 (27 days ago) @ tay50

What dates and itinerary?

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by tay50 @, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 11:15 (27 days ago) @ Labrat

Hey Keith we were flying out on Feb 26, leaving on Mar 13, United cancelled the 7:55pm flight from Houston to Detroit. So we either have to overnight in Houston or fly Zih to IAH to EWR to DTW arriving home at 8:07am on the 14th. Due to work issues, overnighting anywhere is out of the question, I guess this is what I get for trying to get the most out of a vacation.

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by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 11:29 (27 days ago) @ tay50

Bummer!!

Did you check the United flight to see if it got canceled, or if it got rescheduled to under a 90 minute layover time from your return from ZIH?

That was the issue that we had in booking the end of last Oct because of the DLS Time Change, and if finally got sorted out.

If you can make a 7:30 PM Rollback, KAYAK is showing a Spirit Airlines flt at 7:30PM on the 13th, non-stop IAH to DTW........$96

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by tay50 @, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 11:59 (27 days ago) @ Labrat

A couple of years ago United changed our IAH to Detroit flight on the way home to 1 hour and 5 minute connection time. I argued with United about the connection time being so short, but they didn't care. Long story short we had to run from customs and immigrations to the gate and were the very last people to board the plane. So much for the rule of being at the gate 20 minutes before take off. Thank you for finding the Spirit flight, but I cannot bring myself to flying with them, sorry.

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by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 12:01 (27 days ago) @ tay50

Sure!

Hope it all works out for you!!

Longer is Better if I can convince my better half!!

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by Zbulldog @, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 12:13 (27 days ago) @ Labrat

What are you saying Keith, size matters?;-)

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by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 12:32 (27 days ago) @ Zbulldog

So I've Been Told! ;-)

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by LadyDi54, Monday, January 29, 2018, 08:27 (26 days ago) @ tay50

This may not help you for this year, but as an FYI....when I checked today, Apple Vacations is offering the option of a direct flight only - Chicago to Zihua - Feb 25 - Mar 11 for two for $625.50 (Volaris Airlines). So, they do offer flight only, but you have to check the website and dates often. Easier for retired people....less so for working folks who are tied to a specific schedule.

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by K&B, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 11:36 (27 days ago) @ tay50

The same thing happened to me a couple of weeks ago on Alaska air. We ended up cutting our trip short by 3 days. Really makes me reconsider if next year is going to be worth it or maybe go somewhere more convenient.

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by Roberto!, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 18:10 (27 days ago) @ K&B

I hope you took it up with Alaska’s Customer Service Representatives.

A couple of years ago, Alaska cancelled our flight and re-booked us on a flight which shaved a few days off our scheduled vacation. It wasn’t easy, nevertheless, when the smoke cleared, Alaska gave us a combined travel voucher for US$500, plus allowed us to stay a few days extra rather than shorter which was fine with us.

Alaska’s schedule changes over the past couple of years have made it much more difficult (if not impossible) to get down to a lot of places in Mexico out of Vancouver (YVR) without an overnight stay en route.

Last fall we left out of Seattle but the Alaska flight departs SEA at 5 AM which will get you to Zihua in a day, but is a pain and the return flight usually requires an overnight stay in SEA or LAX. Even one day flights flights to/from Bellingham (BLI) to Zihua are difficult to achieve with Alaska.

We are long time Alaska customers, use their credit card exclusively, have built up a lot of their air miles but are now looking at other options such as Westjet even though one has to travel to Calgary which requires an early morning departure out of YVR or Abbotsford (YXX) if one wants to get down in one day. We’ve also checked other flights such as Air Canada, AeroMexico and Sunwing but their times, schedules and prices are wanting.

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by K&B, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 18:49 (27 days ago) @ Roberto!

Yes, I called customer service and was given two $125 vouchers, but that doesn’t make up for the lost 3 days in Zihua.

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by Emmet ⌂ @, Seattle WA, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 19:07 (27 days ago) @ K&B

I would keep on complaining and going to the manager. We had this happen in September when they only flew out of Seattle on Friday's and Tuesday's. We had them send us to SLC where we spent the night and then we flew to Mexico City and down. We were about 30 hours later than planned so not horrible. After many calls and emails, we were re-imbursed for three hotel rooms, dinner, UBER, beach outfits (luggage was missing in SLC), make-up and more. It came to over $1100. We all got vouchers in the hundreds and 5,000 miles. It took time, but we felt it was alright. Oh, and we were on Delta planes going down and every seat has a tv on it for free movies and television.

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by Roberto!, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 19:35 (27 days ago) @ K&B

The US$500 voucher we received didn't come easy either. Their initial offer was for around US$ 125 each but we felt it wasn’t acceptable.

It took a fair amount of work on our part to convince Alaska to come up with that amount and did so by pointing out how much of an inconvenience they were putting us through.

Without getting into too many details, we were dealing with two Alaska reps and one misinformed us as to the availability of a return flight on a certain day and that turned out to be a mistake on their part so they came up with the US$500.

The lesson we learned--- be firm, be fair and be reasonable…

Roberto!

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by tay50 @, Monday, January 29, 2018, 09:06 (26 days ago) @ Roberto!

Well we decided to overnight in Houston, I made the ticket change this morning, after the work issue was worked out. So now we just have to decide what hotel to book in Houston for the night. So I'm all happy again coming down for my 15th time, man I love the Ixtapa/Zih area. Maybe in 3 years after the wife retires we can spend a month or so down there with the rest of you lucky people. B-)

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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Monday, January 29, 2018, 14:54 (26 days ago) @ tay50

Since the merger with Continental, United has made it hard on us who are served by United at small air ports. Before the merger we had a 2 hour window between planes and now looks as if the plane we need leaves about an hour before arriving in Houston from "Z". One year we had to switch to the 3rd airport to keep from doing a overnight in Houston. We said FI and do the 6 hour drive to Chicago and leave our car with friends.

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by Canada1 @, Monday, January 29, 2018, 18:24 (26 days ago) @ Paulf

They quote in u.s. $ as the flight does not originate in Canada!

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by Linda from Canada @, Zihua and Grand Marais, Manitoba, Monday, January 29, 2018, 18:48 (26 days ago) @ Canada1

Same with Westjet, but air Canada quotes in Cdn $

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by Quadra Paul @, Monday, January 29, 2018, 19:00 (26 days ago) @ Linda from Canada

Westjet quotes in Canadian $!!

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by Canada1 @, Monday, January 29, 2018, 22:35 (26 days ago) @ Quadra Paul

Westjet quotes in Canadian $!!

Their call centre does.

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by Mexalberta @, Monday, January 29, 2018, 19:15 (26 days ago) @ Canada1

It is USD if you do it on line
If You you use their call centre it is CAD
We have done this many times.

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by Canada1 @, Monday, January 29, 2018, 22:34 (26 days ago) @ Mexalberta

It is USD if you do it on line
If You you use their call centre it is CAD
We have done this many times.

Yup, the online price is $477 u.s. and the call centre price is $588 can, feb 16 1 way zih to Calgary. Exchange works out to be about 23%, so more or less the same.

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by Quadra Paul @, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 12:44 (25 days ago) @ Canada1

I'm not sure what web site you guys are using, but I've been using West Jet's site for years and it's always in Cdn dollars! BTW, just heard West jet just announced they will be flying Calgary to Mexico City DAILY year round!

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by Roberto!, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 13:29 (25 days ago) @ Quadra Paul

I think the original poster posed the question on one way flights From Zihua to Canada.

If you access the Westjet web site, you'll see that flights originating from Zihua (+ Cozumel, Maui, PV etc. for example) are priced in $US whether they are one way or return flights.

The last time we had to use Westjet one way from Zihua to Canada and booked via phone, they quoted our fare in $Canadian.

A little confusing but....

Roberto!

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by Canada1 @, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 13:36 (25 days ago) @ Quadra Paul

I'm not sure what web site you guys are using, but I've been using West Jet's site for years and it's always in Cdn dollars! BTW, just heard West jet just announced they will be flying Calgary to Mexico City DAILY year round!

Www.westjet.com then click on book a weather flight

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Done with Alaska

by Curly! ⌂, Great Pacific Northwet, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 07:52 (25 days ago) @ Roberto!

We are still have the AK card but are in the process of using up our miles. Once we burn through those, it's into the shredder. One's vacation should not be based upon which day an airline will get you to your location in a single day. We like to go near the end of October so that we can enjoy Dia de los Muertos in Mexico. To do so would have caused us to spend the night in LA. So we went on 11/3, the first day AK offered a flight that would get us to Z without said sleepover. As it was, we had to take a 6-hour layover on the return trip, that turned into 8+ hours. AK said they had to find a plane to put us on. WTF? Schedule a flight but forget that you'll be needing a plane? We arrived in PDX at 5:30 in the morning. Should have just stayed over I guess. For our trouble, we received $150 in travel vouchers, but only after the missus called and bitched. The companion fare is a joke, when you count what it costs to use it, along with the yearly fee.

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Done with Alaska

by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 10:13 (25 days ago) @ Curly!

Not sure why you feel the companion fare is a joke. It's $121 plust the cost of the card which is $75, so as long as you purchase a ticket that is worth more thanthat you save $$. We use one of ours for our trip to Z and usually save arond $300. We buy upgradeable tickets, so since we are gold, we are automatically upgraded to first class. We use the other for either a trip to Hawaii of the East coast and save $300 to $400 on those trips.

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by Fran @, Evanston, IL, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 13:31 (27 days ago) @ tay50

When United did something similar to us, I called them directly and said the change was unacceptable. The agent worked with me to get something that I thought was fine. The solution they found for me isn’t necessarily the one that would work for you but it’s worth a try to talk to someone.

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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 14:43 (27 days ago) @ Fran

A few years ago they changed the schedule for the flights between Lexington and Houston. To keep from doing a over night in Houston, driving to Chicago was our best option that the Rep helped us with and made all the changes for us.