Our flight from Cancún to Havana will be on Saturday, March 17, and our flight back will be on Monday, March 26, 2012. We’d like you to meet at the Cubana Airlines office at Cancún Airport at 1pm. Our flight departs at 3:35 pm. Some of you will be in Cancún for a few days before our flight, some will come in the evening before, and some will take overnight flights and arrive at the airport in the morning before our flight. It depends on your budget and travel style. I suspect that most of us will stay at the same hotel on Friday night, so let’s have a get-together.
We are scheduled to arrive in Cancún on Monday, March 26 at 2:25pm. If you will be flying home that day, please book a flight departing at least 2 hours later, or 4:30pm. Some of you will be staying over by choice, and a few of you won’t be able to get a later-leaving connecting flight until the next day. The following information may seem confusing, but it will eventually make sense. Let me know if you want me to recommend specific flights. Our official expedition begins on Satuday March 17 at 1pm at Cancún Airport.
To find flights, I suggest that you start with a website such as Priceline.com. Check the schedules and prices from your closest airport and surrounding airports. For example, if you live in San Francisco, also check the schedules from Oakland, San Jose, and even Sacramento. It is more convenient (and sometimes more expensive) to fly non-stop. After you have checked-out Priceline.com and found possible flights, go to the actual website of the airline (for example, United.com) and compare rates and schedules. Unlike in the past, there is usually no additional charge for booking one-way flights. You may find it more convenient to fly to Cancún on one airline and return on a different one. You may also find that you can save a lot of money by flying in a day or two earlier, and this difference pays for your extra night in your hotel.
There is a wide variety of hotels to stay at in Cancún. Some of you have discounts or “points” available with various chains. The cost for taxis to take you away from the airport are really expensive, and many of the hotels are more than 10 miles distant. Once you hail a taxi away from the airport, you can usually negotiate the cost down a considerable amount. If you are just looking for a basic hotel to stay at, close to the airport, you might consider the Comfort Inn Cancun Aeropuerto. It is about 1.5 miles from the airport and is reported to have free breakfast and free internet. Most of the hotels in Cancún are many miles from the airport, so when you search on Prceline.com (or wherever), consider specifying in the box that you are searching for hotels close to the airport.
Once you have used Priceline to compare the different hotels, I suggest you go directly to the hotel’s website to book. I have discovered that you will almost always pay exactly the same rate whether you book directly through the hotel’s website or through Priceline. (Sometimes hidden fees are not obvious, so that one site may appear to be less expensive at first.) By booking directly through the hotel’s website, you eliminate the third party, and you should expect to find it easier to resolve any problems with booking or anything else.