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    My wife and I will be arriving in MBJ on Sunday November 8th at about 2:30PM. Is it possible for me to figure out what other flights will be arrive around then? I'd like to know if the airport will be busy enough for us to want to purchase Club MoBay passes. I tried looking on Sangster website, but I couldn't find anything. Does anyone know when/how I can check for incoming flights for November? Thank you!!

    Dave & Rachel

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    FlightStats.com, but they won't have all the flights listed until about 3 days before you leave. Still plenty of time to reserve Club MoBay.
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    Imho club mobay is worth it no matter what the flights show. It was so relaxing to be met and wisked through. Then departing was a dream.

    We will be doing it in August no matter how many flights come in.

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    What I have been doing and done is the following. I verify the Sangster website the day I will arrive. In your case on a Sunday. The major airlines will always fly in and out on that day and most likely will be the same flight number. You can then verify what flights come in around that time. I go the extra mile and actually look out that airline or airlines to verify their arrival and departure from Montego bay. Hope this helps

    77 days until home at CSS

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    You need to do your homework. I do this almost exactly the same way as cortal.

    Sangster International Airport will only post their flight schedule for the current day. I don't know of any website that posts the arrival schedule for any airport in advance. There is no way to get their arrival or departure schedule this far out.

    Begin by checking the Sangster International Airport arrival schedule on every Sunday. This link will take you to the airport arrival schedule. http://www.mbjairport.com/arrivals

    You know that you are arriving around 2:30 PM on a Sunday. I will usually count the flights within about 30 minutes before and about 10 minutes after our flight. Then multiply this number by about 140. I use 140 because I consider this the average number of passengers per flight. Some flights may have a little more people, some less.

    For example. We tend to arrive at Sangster around 12:30 PM on a Saturday in mid February. From previous trips I know that there are approximately 10 aircraft arriving within 30 minutes of our flight. Multiply this by 140 and that is 1400 people hitting Immigrations and Customs around the same time as us. For us, Club MOBAY is well worth the money.

    Of course, the number of flights that pass through Sangster International Airport will vary depending upon the time of year. But if you take a few minutes to check the website every Sunday until you depart, you will have a good idea of how busy the airport will be.

    You could always just spend the money and purchase Club MOBAY anyway. Think of this as insurance. It is only an extra $100 for both of you. Sort of nice being treated like a VIP upon your arrival.

    We also get the Departure package. This gets you through security faster just like the arrival service. This isn't such a big deal as Couples will get you to the airport in plenty of time to make your flight. We get it for the Departure Lounge. A nice place to wait for your flight. The food is good. The drinks are included. They take your flight information and will announce when your flight is boarding over an intercom.

    Club MOBAY is a perceived value. You are the only person who can decide if it is worth the extra money. We like the service and get it every time we travel to Couples

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    Thank you all for the help on this! I will start my research and see what we might need to do. Mad Jack.....I like your thoughts.....it's a vacation, we might as well get VIP treatment and relax the entire trip! Thanks again. 131 long days til we return home!

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    We arrived around noon on a Wednesday 2 weeks ago. Using Mad Jack's method, we knew that Mobay would be a madhouse. We opted for Club Mobay arrival...and glad we did. I bet it saved us 2 hours and allowed us to arrive at CSA ready for vacation rather than stressed and angry (example: he used to be just plain old Jack until once he got stuck in a crazy Montego Bay arrival scene )

    Club Mobay Departure was a special treat for us this trip. One of our favorite CSA staff members was taking a vacation and happened to be flying out of Montego Bay at the same time as us. We got to hang together in the Club Mobay lounge for a couple of hours.

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    How does Couples run the transportation? If you are arriving at noon, do they plan on an hour to get through customs/immigration and bus you at 1? So if you breeze through customs, are you just sitting at the Couples lounge for 45 mins? Or do they run buses every half hour and you can get there earlier?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavenRach View Post
    Thank you all for the help on this! I will start my research and see what we might need to do. Mad Jack.....I like your thoughts.....it's a vacation, we might as well get VIP treatment and relax the entire trip! Thanks again. 131 long days til we return home!
    I pay for peace of mind but I am a control freak. LOL. That's why I love coming home, it forces me to RELAX and take a chill pill and that starts the moment I see the Mobay rep holding the sign with our names on it. This year we didn't need it, last year and the year before we would have been in line 1.5 hours at least!

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    I look at flightaware.com. It shows a history of landing times for a flight, and the next day's schedule. Put in the airline information to track a flight to Montego Bay. Then click on Sangster Int'l (MKJS / MBJ). It will show ARRIVALS & EN ROUTE/SCHEDULED TO MKJS / MBJ for that day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ct ti fan View Post
    How does Couples run the transportation? If you are arriving at noon, do they plan on an hour to get through customs/immigration and bus you at 1? So if you breeze through customs, are you just sitting at the Couples lounge for 45 mins? Or do they run buses every half hour and you can get there earlier?
    The busses do not run on a schedule. They have plenty of busses and drivers ready for all the arrivals. When they have a bus load, or if someone's been waiting over 20 mins or so, they go. You will never wait more than a half an hour for a bus. Ussually we don't even have time to change into shorts and have a quick Coke before we are called to leave the airport. If you use Club MoBay, they also have a lounge with a lot of free food and if you tell Couples you will be over there (just across the hall), they will come and get you when they're ready for you.
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    I will admit that I felt just a bit of guilt when I cut in front of the ~500 people waiting at Immigration...but I got over that really quickly.

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    Newbie to flight travel, so please bear with any silly questions that seem to be related in part to the OP.

    Does anyone mind listing the steps from the plane landing to getting to the resort, both as part of Club Mobay, and as someone simply waiting in the Couples Lounge? At what point do to get to immigration? Do they just want to see your passport? What else might they need at the immigration check (sorry, my only experience is the border patrol checkpoint near home)? When do you see your luggage? What if it's all carry on because you were afraid to check it? Are there different busses for couples based on which resort you are staying? What do you recommend wearing to arrive in May? Jeans sound too hot, but if there's a lot of walking I'd hate to be in 'girl shoes' lugging luggage. Is Mobay a separate purchase for arrival and departure, or does $100 a person cover both? Thanks for any help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alura5 View Post
    Newbie to flight travel, so please bear with any silly questions that seem to be related in part to the OP.

    Does anyone mind listing the steps from the plane landing to getting to the resort, both as part of Club Mobay, and as someone simply waiting in the Couples Lounge? At what point do to get to immigration? Do they just want to see your passport? What else might they need at the immigration check (sorry, my only experience is the border patrol checkpoint near home)? When do you see your luggage? What if it's all carry on because you were afraid to check it? Are there different busses for couples based on which resort you are staying? What do you recommend wearing to arrive in May? Jeans sound too hot, but if there's a lot of walking I'd hate to be in 'girl shoes' lugging luggage. Is Mobay a separate purchase for arrival and departure, or does $100 a person cover both? Thanks for any help.
    You go through immigration once you debark the plane. If you choose to use Club Mobay, when you get off the plane there is a rep waiting for you that allows you to bypass the normal line. An immigration officer will then check your passport and send you on your way. If you have checked luggage you will then need to retrieve that before heading to the lounge. If you use Club Mobay, the rep will assist you in luggage retrieval and then take you to the lounge. If you are carry on only then you go from immigration to the lounge. There are different buses for Couples resorts in Negril as well as for Ocho Rios and the wait is usually never more than 15 minutes. The walking is minimal, so skip the jeans, humidity and jeans don't really go together. LOL. There are separate purchases you can make for Mobay if you choose you only want arrival or departure rather than both. The $100.00 is for both.

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    In 12 trips or so to Jamaica, we've never done the Club Mobay deal. Maybe we've just been lucky, but we haven't had any problem at all breezing through the airport...particularly since the improvements were completed a few years ago. Usually takes around 30 minutes from the time we step off the plane to the time we arrive at the Couples lounge. Hard to beat that.

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    Thanks! Sorry for such simple questions, but I feel better having an idea what to do/expect than jumping in blind. Does immigration pretty much just stamp the passport and ask the movie line "business or pleasure?" Do you only declare things on the way home?

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    alura, there is also a form handed out on the plane that requires you to know your arrival flight #, passport #, date of passport issue, departing flight #, and other info. like where you are staying, for how long, etc. It helps to write this info. down and when you have to fill out the immigration form, just pull out the info., and fill it in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alura5 View Post
    Thanks! Sorry for such simple questions, but I feel better having an idea what to do/expect than jumping in blind. Does immigration pretty much just stamp the passport and ask the movie line "business or pleasure?" Do you only declare things on the way home?
    On the plane you will be given an immigration form to fill out. You will need one for each of you. Be sure to fill out ALL of the information including the back. No need to declare anything. You will deplane and take a long walk down some stairs, a long hallway and finally a ramp into the immigration hall. An representative will quickly glance at your paperwork to make sure it is all filled out. If you are missing anything they will send you over to a counter to fill it out. Once done you will stand in line for immigration. The officer will check your immigration form and passport. They will ask why you are visiting. Tell them you are on vacation. I have found the immigration officers to not be so friendly, so don't let that sway your opinion of Jamaica. Once you finish with immigration you will see a booth to exchange money, pass this by no need to exchange US$. Then you will go into a large hall to collect your luggage. Frequently it has already been taken off the carousel and is on the ground. I suggest marking your luggage with a big bow so you can easily find yours. Once you have retrieved your luggage you will go through customs. Go all the way to the left lines. You have no need to claim anything. Customs will check your form, which immigration gave back to you and then you will turn left and go down a short hallway. You will come out into a large room. Look to your left and you will see the couples lounge. Ignore all the hawkers and head to the lounge. Someone will meet you just outside the lounge to take and tag your luggage for the resort you are going to. You will then step inside the lounge and take a seat at the desk while the Couples representatives verifies your reservation. You are then free to use the restroom and/or go to the bar at the back of the room and get a beer or water. Take a seat and patiently wait for your resort to be called.

    You will step out of the lounge and a red hat will be there to load your luggage. This is their job, please let them do it. They will escort you out to the van that will only be going to the Couples resorts on the same side of the island. If there are enough guests at one resort to fill the van, then it will only stop at the one. Once you are at the van, the driver will request you watch for all of your bags to be loaded. Once they are loaded the red hat will stand at the entrance to the van and request a tip as you load the van. You will then grab a seat and be on your way. If you are staying in Ocho Rios and both resorts are represented, then you will first stop at CTI and then on to CSS which is 5 minutes down the road. If you are staying in Negril, the first stop is CN and then CSA which is 5 minutes down the road.

    Once you step off the bus, the bell hops will request the gentlemen stay to make sure your luggage comes off the van and the ladies are invited to take a seat to prepare to check in. You will be given a cool washcloth to refresh yourself and then sparkling wine or rum punch depending on the resort. Once checked in, the bellhop will take you to your room from there you are on your own.

    The only changes to this is if you are using Club MoBay arrival service, they will meet you as you are walking down the first ramp. They will check your form and then take you through the VIP line of immigration. Once through immigration they will help you find your luggage and walk you through customs. They will escort you to the Couples lounge so you can check in and also show you the Club MoBay lounge where there are treats and drinks. Feel free to sit here and wait for your van. A Couples representative will come find you when your group is ready to go.

    I think the only other question I didn't answer for you was carry on luggage. You will carry it with you the entire time. You will still proceed through the luggage claim hall, but will pass the carousels and head straight to customs.

    Hopefully I've given you enough information to help you feel a little less stressed. Remember to have a blue or black ink pen with you on the plane to fill out the form. And at no time are jeans recommended. To hot and humid. Have a pair of shorts or crops to change into if you are coming from a cold climate. There are restrooms in the in migration hall where you can change clothes, but that just delays your place in line. But do assess the lines and determine if you might need to use the restroom before standing in line.
    Juliann & Jeff
    Jamaica Soon Come

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    Last year was our first trip to Jamaica, and we waited in the immigration line for 2.5 hours, and there were a TON of people behind us that waited even longer. We are going back for our 2nd trip later this month, and we went with arrival and departure club mobay!

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    Coloradojuli.....That description is perfect! Only thing I'd change is that on the Ocho Rios side....you stop at CSS first, then head to CTI.

    This vivid description makes our trip in November seem like forever away now that I'm picturing the trip through MBJ airport! Trip #3 to CTI is 123 days away!
    Dave & Rachel
    CTI: October 2009, March 2013, November 2015
    CN: November 2017

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavenRach View Post
    Coloradojuli.....That description is perfect! Only thing I'd change is that on the Ocho Rios side....you stop at CSS first, then head to CTI.

    This vivid description makes our trip in November seem like forever away now that I'm picturing the trip through MBJ airport! Trip #3 to CTI is 123 days away!
    Only thing to add would be the shuttle driver does not work for couples and we have always given a tip. The amount depends how friendly and enjoyable he makes your 1.5 hour trip to ocho rios. Back home in 69 days.

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    Wow, thank you so much. There's a lot to learn about travel, and I really appreciate everyone willing to answer a newbie

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavenRach View Post
    Coloradojuli.....That description is perfect! Only thing I'd change is that on the Ocho Rios side....you stop at CSS first, then head to CTI.

    This vivid description makes our trip in November seem like forever away now that I'm picturing the trip through MBJ airport! Trip #3 to CTI is 123 days away!
    Sorry about the mix-up on CSS/CTI. I'd change the information, but it is not allowing me to edit it. Usually you can edit your own post. hmmm???
    Juliann & Jeff
    Jamaica Soon Come

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    Coloradojuli's reply was very good. The only thing I would add (other than the CTI/CSS thing, bummer it won't let her change it) is that SOMETIMES, not always, the electronic immigration kiosks are working and you can use them instead of standing in line for the Immigration Officer. This can cut off a lot of time if they are working. They are off to the left hand side along the wall at the end of the big ramp. From my (admittedly small) sample they seem to be working about half the time. Of course, one of those times they were working there was absolutely no line and we just walked right up to an Immigration Official.

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