New hotels for Puerto Plata?

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New York (JFK) is around $300.00 RT to Puerto Plata in economy. First class around $950.00. Out of Newark about the same, with Philadelphia about the same for economy, slightly higher for first class. Miami however is around $400.00 RT in economy and around $1200.00 for first class. Of course these are just random dates.
this day and age it sounds very reasonable.
 
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I have never seen prices that cheap before from MIA to POP. In the past, an average flight round-trip was around $600-$700 in coach. Occasionally, you could snag a seat in the low $500's.
 

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New York (JFK) is around $300.00 RT to Puerto Plata in economy. First class around $950.00. Out of Newark about the same, with Philadelphia about the same for economy, slightly higher for first class. Miami however is around $400.00 RT in economy and around $1200.00 for first class. Of course these are just random dates.
True that. That’s what I recently paid RT JFK/POP. (Purchased months in advance of flight dates)
 

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Even from the West Coast (Phoenix, San Francisco) it is about $475.00 -600.00 RT depending on what flight. Honestly that is not bad at all. Sure, the price will fluctuate depending on when you go but still those prices to POP are not bad at all. First class is around $1250.00. Newer, updated hotels may entice people to go. People who come on cruise ships that visit while in port sometimes would like to spend more time, they think about a future trip to the DR.
 

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it would help if the flights into puerto plata were less than any other airport on the island. this would greatly help tourism to the north coast and induce more investment
I would be happy with the same price to the same or comparable destination as other DR airports.
 

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I have never checked the price of first class tickets in my life, so I would have no idea what reasonable is for them.
But that price sounds ludicrous.
I usually fly low class. I was at work one day when a client walked in and said "I'd like to talk to someone with a little class around here"
I said "That would be me, I've got as little as anyone".
But I have sprung for first class and other than the leg room and better overhead bins the rest isn't worth it for a short flight. A warm wash cloth and a couple of watery cocktails aren't worth several hundred bucks
If I was going to Asia it might be better
 

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But I have sprung for first class and other than the leg room and better overhead bins the rest isn't worth it for a short flight. A warm wash cloth and a couple of watery cocktails aren't worth several hundred bucks
If I was going to Asia it might be better

We’ve bought first class tickets a few times, sometimes on United there’s not a huge price difference if you catch the right day. They also give you two suitcases each and definitely more comfortable.
 

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I usually fly low class. I was at work one day when a client walked in and said "I'd like to talk to someone with a little class around here"
I said "That would be me, I've got as little as anyone".
But I have sprung for first class and other than the leg room and better overhead bins the rest isn't worth it for a short flight. A warm wash cloth and a couple of watery cocktails aren't worth several hundred bucks
If I was going to Asia it might be better
How tall are you, Bill?
 
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PreCovid I could get down and back for $450-$500 Canadian on Air Canada, and West Jet. Now $800-$900 with an overnight in Toronto each way due to less flights.

Last year, the DR government went through the expense of extending the Gregorio Luperon airport runway to accommodate the newer bigger aircraft carrying more people and using less fuel. They killed the initiative by hiking airport fees. Despite the new and proposed tourism development on the North Coast, it appears the government still favours Punta Cana.

its international tourism which favours P.C. in huge numbers.
Working on 1-2 Week A.I. vacations with great beaches and services.

The North Coast will remain a niche market, more budget for US and CAN East Coast clientele.
Snow birds, longer winter stay condo and detached house purchases represent another niche market on the N. Coast.

If you fly from Canada look at the bill and additional charges and taxes.
 

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I usually fly low class. I was at work one day when a client walked in and said "I'd like to talk to someone with a little class around here"
I said "That would be me, I've got as little as anyone".
But I have sprung for first class and other than the leg room and better overhead bins the rest isn't worth it for a short flight. A warm wash cloth and a couple of watery cocktails aren't worth several hundred bucks
If I was going to Asia it might be better
more leg and body room is the main reason. You can also check 2 bags, sometimes 3. The contractors that supply the food are much much better in the last 10 years. I have not flown coach/economy in over 15 years, A ticket to Bangkok next month is 6500.00 and that's business class not 1st class.
 
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How tall are you, Bill?
another problem in coach is sitting next to a fat person. They encroach into your seat and there is nothing you can do. There is also a slightly higher level of consideration in 1st class. Slightly! Last week I saw a guy getting onto the plane carrying a large pizza. What inconsiderate slob is busting out a large pizza on a flight. Thankfully, he was back in coach.
 
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I have never checked the price of first class tickets in my life, so I would have no idea what reasonable is for them.
But that price sounds ludicrous.
business/first class is the only way I fly. Not because I'm a snob,I'm not,but it is one of the things I decided to afford myself in my retirement. But nowadays there is another reason and that is all of the misbehaved idiots,in business/first class you rarely have some loud obnoxious a-hole that doesn't want to play by the rules.
 

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We’ve bought first class tickets a few times, sometimes on United there’s not a huge price difference if you catch the right day. They also give you two suitcases each and definitely more comfortable.
I got hooked on 1st class a few years ago and really liked it. Then came the Wuhan Flu and while the price didn't come down, the service did. I no longer feel it's worth the price, but then again I haven't flown in over 3 years.

Years ago, while I was still working, I got the Citi - AA Mastercard. If you book with them and that card, you're guaranteed to board in Group 5. I've always found that only the last 2 or 3 groups run out of overhead space. So if/when I take my next flight, it will definitely be coach.
 
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What is cheap for you? How much $$$?

Most of the flights have DR taxes and fees that are more than the flight costs.

From US $300- 400 is dirt cheap!
Even 1st class around $1000 is a bargain with priority services.

Here are additional Canadian charges on a ticket.
Taxes/Fees/Carrier-Imposed Charges CAD 82.00 YQI (OTHER AIR TRANSPORTATION

CHARGES)

CAD 1.25 XG9 (GOODS AND SERVICES TAX (GST))

CAD 25.91 CA4 (AIR TRAVELLERS SECURITY

CHARGE)

CAD 39.00 SQ (AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT FEE (AIF))

CAD 1.82 RC2 (HARMONIZED SALES TAX (HST))

CAD 19.72 UX (AIRPORT AUTHORITY FEE)

CAD 19.72 UX2 (UX2)

CAD 21.43 VB (AIRPORT INFRASTRUCTURE FEE)

CAD 21.43 VB2 (VB2)

CAD 26.30 AA (AIRPORT DEPARTURE TAX)

CAD 13.15 L8 (L8)

CAD 3.62 TY (SOLIDARITY TAX)

CAD 3.62 TY2 (TY2)

Total CAD 2068.97

The last thing I would be worried about is POP charges.
If I fly Fly Non Stop whenever possible, regardless of price.
Another thing I decently would no do is fly to STI or SDQ with additional time and money to arrive on the N. Coast.

From P.C. a private ride is about USD 300 and 4.5 hrs.

If you fly from US W. Coast you look at 16-12 Hr flights at $850 economy or 3,630 lie flat on JetBlue. USD
Flights
LAX-JFK, Feb 11, 3:30pm
JFK-POP, Feb 12, 6:30am
POP-JFK, Mar 11, 2:50am
JFK-LAX, Mar 11, 8:00am
1Non-refundable Roundtrip ticket (1 Adult)
$2,929.00
Fare restrictions

Taxes & Fees $698.16

Total:
$3,627.16 USD lie flat

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Westjet YVR- POP return economy 1,560 CAD
Premium 2,930

YYZ-POP econo CAD 1,100
Premium 1,900

So what I call dirt cheap are US flights in the 300-400 or, 1st class $1,000 USD range with short flight durations.

Zero worries about POP charges.
We are lucky to get Non Stop POP flights.
Canada has cancelled many year around flight to POP.
Westjet and AC have them in the Winter season, slim pickings in Summer.
 

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And of course flight info is crucial, as without flights few arrive in DR.
Cruise stays are usually morning to afternoon.
 

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If you can find a real ticket POP to MIA for $400 all in let me know who and when. I never can get one for less that $750
$750 for MIA-POP-MIA was not uncommon at all in the past. There used to be a thread on how ridiculously high the airfares were into POP compared to other airports here.