What’s the sweetest word in any language when it comes to grabbing an international flight? If you said “Direct,” you’ve been there, done that, and have tales to tell about missing connecting flights. Things got worse when carriers cut back or canceled flights due to COVID staff shortages. Smaller airports were especially hard-hit when airlines altered schedules to accommodate major airports.
That describes the situation at Belize’s only international airport when dramatic flight cancellations took place once the virus spread. Happily, the past year has seen an airline route Renaissance, so no matter when you plan to take your next Belize vacation, you can choose from myriad carriers. Based on a 2022 survey conducted by CNBC, these are the best of the best:
•Fly Delta. According to CNBC, Delta leads the pack. The carrier earned the highest scores in categories that include “customer satisfaction, lounges, and involuntary bumps.” Grab a regularly scheduled Belize flight from Atlanta, GA.
•Southwest Airlines is in second place according to that survey. Depending on scheduling, you could catch a Belize flight out of Houston Hobby TX, Ft. Lauderdale FL, or Denver CO.
•United Airlines may only rank 3rd but United offers the mother lode of departures and arrivals via Houston, TX, Newark NJ, Chicago IL, and Denver CO.
•While ranked just 4th, American Airlines has daily flights departing from Miami, FL and Dallas, TX, but more may be added if ticket sales justify them.
•Alaska Airlines services sunny Belize from Los Angeles (LAX) on Friday or Saturday and from Seattle, WA on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
•Frontier Airlines complete the top 10 best-rated airliner list for CNBC and they also fly to Belize.
Tips you can take to the airport
Even the best-rated airline won’t necessarily deliver you to Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) in Belize City without a hitch, so become your own flight advocate by following these tips:
•If you’re not in a rush and don’t mind connecting, save money that can go toward a Belize all inclusive package at Laru Beya Resort on the lush Placencia peninsula. Connecting flights gives you more departure city options, too.
•If you patronize consolidators and aggregators, you may save enough money to add Belize tours to your Laru Beya stay, by booking via Kayak, Orbitz, Google Flights, or Expedia rather than directly with the airline.
•Flight cancellation insurance is always a great idea since the industry has changed and “all flights purchased these days are considered non-changeable/non-cancellable,” according to an Island Expeditions website post.
The best flight of all is the one that’s most convenient and if Laru Beya sounds too fantastic to put off, you still have time to grab a last-minute deal. Check out this web page. It may be all the incentive you need to book a flight on any carrier that gets you to Belize!