Airport smoking & punta cana bound
Last weekend, while in the Tampa area to deal with a family issue, I took this photo in the Tampa Airport of this outdoor cage designated for smokers. It was attached outside the waiting area at my gate-- a pretty clever accommodation in this state where smoking indoors is prohibited everywhere.
This weekend I'm flying again, headed to the Dominican Republic to check out a resort that's among the Apple vacations options in Punta Cana. That country shares the island of Hispanola with Haiti, and this will be my first visit.
On a snowy day at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, the sandals were the giveway . They're worn by many of the early morning passengers headed for Gate A11, where USA 3000 flights to Cancun and Punta Cana depart at 6 a.m. The charter carrier serves passengers who have booked Apple Vacations escapes to balmy breezes and palmy beaches in Mexico and the Dominican Republic . Its Fort Myers flights also are a popular option for many Northeast Ohioans who head to Florida's Gulf coast. Because they don't require a roundtrip purchase, they're ideal for folks who drive to Florida to deliver a car, a relative or both. In spring those folks reverse the process.
Although USA3000 don't go every day and the schedule is prone to changes, it is also unusual in other ways that make planning around its schedule worthwhile.
Some of those things, which are becoming rarer and rarer on flights:
Changes to flights booked as part of an Apple Vacation are inexpensive and it's no problem to even change the name of the traveler.
There's no charge to check the first bag.
Headsets and on-board films are free..
There is a $7 charge for snacks but soft drinks and coffee are free. I had crackers and cheese, salami slices,dried apricots a cookie and potato chips.
I signed up to receive the airline's email promotions, making me eligible for a monthly drawing to choose the winner of a free Apple vacation.