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STT - how early do you need to be there? American Airlines #265794
10/14/2021 03:43 PM
10/14/2021 03:43 PM
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HI!
Traveling back from the BVI flying out of STT on Sat 11/13 on American Airlines 3:30 flight. Debating between the 9 am or 11:30 ferry from the BVI.
How early are they saying to be at the airport these days? In the past I have heard anywhere between 2-over 3 +hours.
I usually fly out of Tortola to SJU but that doesn't work this trip so I am out of the loop on departing STT.
I will have a checked bag and have TSA precheck (though I know there it doesn't help as much as in the states)


Thanks!

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Re: STT - how early do you need to be there? American Airlines [Re: bagsarepacked] #265807
10/14/2021 04:45 PM
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I do this flight about ten times per year. On weekends you'll need three hours. I generally take off 30 minutes for each of carryon only, Global Entry, and TSA Pre-check. AA cuts off bag checking 90 minutes before the fight is scheduled. I would arrive at the airport at least two hours and thirty minutes before your flight is scheduled to take off. Me? I'd take the 9AM and enjoy a decent meal before your flight.

Cheers, RickG


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Re: STT - how early do you need to be there? American Airlines [Re: bagsarepacked] #265821
10/14/2021 09:10 PM
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Definitely take the 9am ferry. Doing BVI to STT via ferry is a big PIA. You have to go through customs/immigration as you disembark the ferry and then you get to do it again at the airport!
American Airlines is notorious for long lines and their self service kiosks rarely work. If you are checking bags, you have to wait in their lines to get your bag tags, even though you bring your bags with you through customs/immigration. If you are not checking bags you can use a mobile boarding pass which will save you time. The next line you will get in is to go through customs/immigration. That line can wrap around the entire front of the airport on a busy day which is typically weekends between 1:30-4:30 but it can be any day at any time depending on the departure schedule. If you have Global Entry you can skip this line and go to the front of the line where the porters go in. You can also skip this line if you get a porter (red cap). Once you go through customs/immigration you get in the line to drop your bags. If you don't have any you can go right to the TSA line. Precheck helps some here but honestly not a ton. There is a restaurant and bar inside the terminal and you can get decent food there and cold beverages.


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Re: STT - how early do you need to be there? American Airlines [Re: bagsarepacked] #265823
10/14/2021 09:24 PM
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Listen to the above advice. STT is a sh!tshow that defies logic.

If you have GE, take your cards. STT Requires the cards to use GE, the only airport I ever transited thru that required the card.

Re: STT - how early do you need to be there? American Airlines [Re: bagsarepacked] #265824
10/14/2021 10:05 PM
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Besides the above mentioned issues about STT, the whole customs / immigration / TSA area is poorly laid out and when we went in July, was manned by the least friendly people I encountered in our trip.


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Re: STT - how early do you need to be there? American Airlines [Re: bagsarepacked] #265829
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Agree with the above as well. Is working for Customs/Immigration/TSA that horrible of a job to create such nasty attitudes?


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Re: STT - how early do you need to be there? American Airlines [Re: bagsarepacked] #265834
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Thanks everyone....LOL....now I know why I usually fly out of the BVI thru San Juan!


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