Before Boarding for SDQ Departures

Buzz65

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the other airports have it,, POP and Santiago. It's definitely a luxury item. It keeps you away from the sweaty masses hacking up a lung while they carry duty free Smirnoff vodka
When you want to say Russians without saying Russians :D
 

JLSawmam

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I checked the website, they increased the price, screenshot shown below, two different packages:

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Be honest, I would pay $100 if you wanna to hang around. But if people who have money, can spend $195 and it gives you unlimited drinks and menu even showers... Pretty jiffy.

if you have credit card or insurance, go with the first package above, you would pay wayy less....

Hope this helps
If I understand this, the bottom three "Access" packages include three entrances, i.e. I could use the package three times? Or a group of three could use it once? What am I missing here?
 

JLSawmam

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I checked the website, they increased the price, screenshot shown below, two different packages:

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Be honest, I would pay $100 if you wanna to hang around. But if people who have money, can spend $195 and it gives you unlimited drinks and menu even showers... Pretty jiffy.

if you have credit card or insurance, go with the first package above, you would pay wayy less....

Hope this helps
I couldn't find this info on their website https://beforeboarding.com/en/ Do you have a different website for them?
 

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their rates are here:

and it's FREE (2 - unlimited access depending on the card) if you have one of the credit or insurance cards listed here:
 

MariaRubia

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If I understand this, the bottom three "Access" packages include three entrances, i.e. I could use the package three times? Or a group of three could use it once? What am I missing here?

I think the screenshot is for people who have insurance products or credit cards that let them access.

The price I was quoted yesterday on LiveChat was US$ 115, which includes use of the premium lounge for up to 3 hours and fast-track access through security and immigration. If you want transport to the airport this is extra.

As I said yesterday, if you have a lounge pass or credit card or flying business class so get the lounge anyway, they say that they will still charge you the same US$ 115 just to walk you through immigration and security. This is what I have asked them to raise with management to see if there can be a different price.
 
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I think the screenshot is for people who have insurance products or credit cards that let them access.

The price I was quoted yesterday on LiveChat was US$ 115, which includes use of the premium lounge for up to 3 hours and fast-track access through security and immigration. If you want transport to the airport this is extra.

As I said yesterday, if you have a lounge pass or credit card or flying business class so get the lounge anyway, they say that they will still charge you the same US$ 115 just to walk you through immigration and security. This is what I have asked them to raise with management to see if there can be a different price.
Incorrect, it is for regular rates. The insurance/cc is on different page I cant screenshot cuz its too long
 

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the service is best when leaving the country. When arriving you still must wait for your luggage to be available at the carousel. When catching a departing flight, it bypasses the scrum of people going through the immigration line at the top of the escalators.
 

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the service is best when leaving the country. When arriving you still must wait for your luggage to be available at the carousel. When catching a departing flight, it bypasses the scrum of people going through the immigration line at the top of the escalators.
When I've used the service arriving their personnel went and fetched the luggage while I waited comfortably in the lounge with a beer.
Also, no long immigration or customs lines since you go through their VIP private line.
 

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When I've used the service arriving their personnel went and fetched the luggage while I waited comfortably in the lounge with a beer.
Also, no long immigration or customs lines since you go through their VIP private line.
Yes, I understand. I do not sit in the lounge and drink when arriving.I go through fast immigration and go the the carasoul for my bags. Jump in the car service and off.
 

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Yes, I understand. I do not sit in the lounge and drink when arriving.I go through fast immigration and go the the carasoul for my bags. Jump in the car service and off.
I can't imagine hanging around on arrival. I guess if I was arriving in 3rd world LA, San Francisco or Chigago I may stay a while and tie one one before heading out into the elements
 
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MariaRubia

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It's such a lottery with immigration lines at SDQ. My friend went through yesterday and there were only 8 people in line. Compared to a 2 hour line the other day when I went through. And on arrival I can't say I've ever had more than a few minutes' wait, so I don't think the arrivals service would be worth much to me. I guess it depends on when your flights arrive, mine typically arrive late afternoon about 4pm, or in the evening about 8pm.
 
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JLSawmam

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That where I got it from that website
I finally found where you got the info...under "Our Services". No idea why the same isn't under "Pricing", guess that would make too much sense! The lounge membership looks like quite the deal, if I'm reading it right. If a solo traveler can enter on three separate occasions, and it includes the migracion stuff, that would be the way to go for those who use SDQ often
 

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Simple: Go overnight flights, the line will NOT be 2 hours long.

Depends where you are going. If you are flying to Europe and don't want the horror of going through an American airport then you're limited. In any case, there is no way I would ever fly at an unsociable time, I need my sleep too much to miss a night travelling.
 
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Depends where you are going. If you are flying to Europe and don't want the horror of going through an American airport then you're limited. In any case, there is no way I would ever fly at an unsociable time, I need my sleep too much to miss a night travelling.
Agree...overnight flights from the Western USA arrive in the DR at primetime...meaning very busy. Unless of course you want to fly all day to the East Coast and take the middle of the night flight...not for me.
 
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MiamiDRGuy

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Agree...overnight flights from the Western USA arrive in the DR at primetime...meaning very busy. Unless of course you want to fly all day to the East Coast and take the middle of the night flight...not for me.
It doesn't matter because every time anyone from west coast has to go through Miami or FLL mostly 95% of the time to go to DR. It doesn't make any difference, really.

Unless you live in the north like JFK, BOS, etc, you have non stop flights and most of them are overnight flights
 

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Got Sky lounge last time through Business ticket, DISASTER after DISASTER, nothing to do with a lounge in any other country.

First of all very small, few uncomfortable seats. Food was very very limited with staff handing it out and drink options the worse.

Would skip it next time even if included.


Many thanks. Can you please answer my question - if you have access to the airside SKY lounge, can you just pay something extra for the fast-track immigration and security service for departures? Or is that lounge completely separate from the VIP lounge?
 

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It doesn't matter because every time anyone from west coast has to go through Miami or FLL mostly 95% of the time to go to DR. It doesn't make any difference, really.

Unless you live in the north like JFK, BOS, etc, you have non stop flights and most of them are overnight flights
Yes, it makes a difference. Taking an overnight flight from the West Coast through for example Miami/Charlotte will put you into to SDQ pretty much at the height of arrivals: busy time. So going overnight from the West Coast does not avoid the "2 hour wait in line". The only way around it we have ever found somewhat, is taking a day flight to the East Coast (NYC, Philadelphia, Newark) and then waiting around for the middle of the night flight. There are flights from NY that leave late at night or after midnight which would get to SDQ somewhat before the "rush". But that is a long day compared to 4 hrs. (approx) to Miami/Charlotte then 1.5 - 2 hrs. to SDQ. For many avoiding the "2 hr. wait" is not possible given where you are coming from. That is why some choose to use the Before Boarding option. Sorry but when I fly those flights I want to land and get out of the airport as quick as I can. Worth the price.
 
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