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Response to dem4decades (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2020, 09:41 AM

4. I was just on Bonaire.

Left Raleigh on March 2nd with trip planned for 2 weeks.

My son and his partner were due to join me for 1 week and last Saturday--the day they were to fly--canceled. Got all the way to the airport at 4 am and my son's partner--who has a fear of flying anyway--couldn't check his bag. I think fear of coronavirus put him over the edge.

Then I was getting messages from the pet sitter that my elderly dog was starting to have some problems. So I decided to just bite the bullet and come home a week early on March 9th. If it weren't for the dog, I would have stayed--and maybe even extended my trip for another month.

When I got home, it turned out the dog had probably eaten some grass which gave her intestinal troubles. She appears to be fine.

There are only 3 flights/week on American from Bonaire to Miami, and I was concerned they could cancel all of them, or reduce them to the point I'd be packed in like a sardine. Then, there was the question of the same thing happening with my connecting flight home from Miami. I refuse to sit in a middle coach seat with a couple of people coughing on either side of me. It's happened before.

It probably depends on your ability to be away from crowds in Aruba and whether you have the ability to ride out an extra month there just in case the airlines cancel flights.

Bummer, isn't it? I'd been looking forward to this birthday trip for 10 months. That's how long ago I booked it!

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