Timeshare travel-time and forced Continental Connections

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I’m fed up with continental connections. Have you ever wondered if the airlines would do OK without making us do continental connections, and allow direct flights in their business plan?

Next week I have to leave my timeshare and get back to NY state. Well do you think I could get a flight without a connection? Nope. Only connections.. no direct flights for this weary traveller. Looking at the itineraries online, there’s not much selection.

I would like to fly back from my timeshare for less than a day’s travel-time with stops in some God forsaken hub airport again. My timeshare neighbors feel the same thing too. We talk about it over bridge at in the timeshare’s lounge on Tuesdays.

I haven’t been on a direct flight from my home in NY to the timeshare in Mexico in a long time, but let’s see… I have been to Europe and I know you can get a direct flight to almost anywhere within Europe between on of the many airlines there.

If the North American airline CEOs looked across ‘the pond’ to see how Europe’s airlines somehow co-operatively cover most cities with direct connections. No wonder you don’t hear about air-rage in Europe.

I love America and all, but let’s get our act together and urge the airlines to get more direct flights and less continental connections in North America.

Del Palmar


Del Palmar Complains About Continental Connections Poolside at His Timeshare

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Del Palmar here, sitting at my timeshare in Mazatlan complaining about these continental connections that the airlines force us to take. Don’t you see that the continental connections are just a fraud and scam to take our money and time?

I just flew down to my timeshare last week, and boy let me tell you. These airline companies really have us by the you know whats. You mean to tell me I can’t get from NY to my timeshare in Mexico direct? I can only take a continental connection through some hub airport.

This is 2010 and by now you should think that the airlines would be better serving their customers. I’ve been coming to my timeshare for about 15 years, and each year the direct flights are fewer and fewer. Now, good luck getting to the timeshare direct.

So Marie and I had our continental connection in Houston, exchanged our money and paid an awful commission. There’s a good business to be in. Just exchange, buy and resell money for large commissions and exchange fees at the airports. Anywhere there’s tourists, set up a little kiosk and start to exchange, buy and resell money for large commissions and exchange fees.

I think it’s cheaper to exchange, buy and resell money for your vacation in the USA. In Mexico, the large commissions and exchange fees are even larger. So we do it before going to the timeshare.

The flights to the timeshare was reasonable. Crap food, and Eddie Murphy in a fat-suit movie. But Marie let me have the window seat and one of her green pills. I only looked up from the view to order a gin and tonic, which I know from past experiences, goes really well with her green pills.

By the time we got to the airport in Mazatlan, I was ready to get in a cab and head for my favorite taco stand on the way to the timeshare, but I pressed the red button. For anyone who hasn’t been to Mexico before, Customs has a different system than ours (anyone with a tan). In Mexico, you press a button and if the light goes red then you go off to get searched; green and you can proceed. Marie pressed green, but they searched her too.

Of course they didn’t find anything because there wasn’t anything to find. You can get anything you want in Mexico anyway. What would anyone really be smuggling into Mexico?

I’d love to see about one of those timeshare jet companies for my continental flights without connections. That would be a worthy investment to get to the timeshare in Mexico more often. The grandkids would LOVE that, boy let me tell you. See all their inheritance go to that one purchase. Just think of the look on their faces.

Sorry kids, I’m you wanted to go to college or something, but you know how Grandpa hates a connecting flight.



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Here in Mexico
Continental Connections
complain about life

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Here in Mexico
Continental Connections
complain about life

Continental Connection & Complaint & Timeshare Haikus

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Sitting by the pool
Complaining about
Mexican timeshares

No more direct flights
Continental Connections
Death of the airlines

Continental Flights
Delayed and missed connections
Timeshare with A/C

Timeshare, Oh timeshare
Mazatlan de Mexico
We complain, timeshares

You could smoke on planes
Continental Connections
No metal forks, knives

Timeshare point system
Listing fees, maintenance fees
Timeshare fraud scam end.

Del Palmar Discusses Continental Connections With Timeshare Members

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Del Palmar: I’d like to thank you all for joining me here today. As you know, this conversation is being transcribed for distribution in the interwebs. Please take a moment to introduce yourself.

Tabitha Longsworth: My name is Tabitha and I have been living part-time in this great timeshare resort Mexico since my retirement as a school teacher. I live Phoenix, AZ the rest of the year.

Mildred Perriwinkle: I’m Mildred, recently widowed. I live in this timeshare resort year round.

Jeffrey Friedlebaum: I’m just sitting at the bar waiting for a margarita. I don’t really know what this is about.

Del: Jeffrey, this is about continental connections. We’re discussing the aviation era pre- and post- direct flights.

Jeffrey: Well, that started in the 80s. Someone at the FAA decided to give airlines hub airports and since then, the travel industry has gone downhill.

Mildred: I agree. We used to fly all over the continent and without many continental connections. This was before the 80s when airlines were more concerned with serving the public, instead of the shareholder’s interests. We bought our first timeshare in Waikiki in 81 and flew regularly from our home in NY to Hawaii.

Tabitha: It’s true. My sister was a stewardess and she always told me about the airline industry and how much fun it was to work for the airline. It was a really good job for a woman to have back in the 70s. The uniforms looked good and you were able to see a lot of the world. She mostly did continental connections and was based out of Houston.

Jeffrey: Never liked Houston. Dallas, now there was a good show. That J.R. Ewing. Shrewd business man, he was.

Del: We started to travel frequently after the kids left for college, and we had more money and free-time.  We flew mostly as continental flights and tried not to have connections in our itinerary. It was easier then to avoid continental connections. Mind you, we didn’t have a timeshare then. We got our first timeshare in the spring of 92 .. We were in Puerto Vallarta and did one of those timeshare tours. Liked the place enough to buy it then and there.

Mildred: How was your timeshare program set-up?

Del: It was a straight-out timehare 2 week purchase for high-season. We mostly took the kids and grandkids for Christmas. It was a nice treat for the girls.

Mildred: Ours was a points system for the timehsare. That turned out to be a scam. The base value went up by 30% every 3 or so years.

Tabitha: Ya, that was typical for those things. Timeshares could turn out to be a fraud if you don’t get the right one. Luckily, we all seemed to do OK with this timeshare.

Jeffrey: I’ll drink to that.

Del: Keeping focused, what else is there to say about continental connections?

Mildred: Del, there are four of us here. How about a game of bridge?

Del: I’m game.


Continental connections in North America – Continental connections instead of direct flights

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Have you ever wondered why airlines make you travel through a hub airline and make a Continental connection? Why are there no direct flights within North America? Why are connections when traveling with continental North America so necessary for the airlines?

It all started in the 1980s as airlines began to streamline their operations and flights. Some ‘genius’ at the airlines came up with the idea to reduce Continental direct flights and only offer Continental connections, making travelers fly through hub airlines.

More Continental connections as the airlines will fall back on the only business model they know of. Which isn’t really the only business model. 

Look at Europe’s airlines. Between the lot of them, most cities have a direct flight .. No Continental connections in Europe. Maybe Marie and I should get a timeshare in Europe and take one of those fancy trans-atlantic flights with the fully-reclining seats for two. 

That’s not a half-bad idea. Are there any reputable timeshares in Europe?

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