I thought I would break down this “fun run” ASAP as I know a bunch of folks will be “enjoying” this run over the next week and for many months to come as well as share some warnings and tips to help you along the way. For the price, this was hard to beat I have to say.
First things first. Strangely, even though being a part of Skyteam, AeroMexico is on the A side and Delta is on the B side. There are, in fact, a number of Delta partners that are setup this way. That means if you want to visit the MCO Sky Club before your flight or THE CLUB at MCO (a much better choice btw) then you have to plan enough time to clear security and take the tram out to the gates on B and before you fly take the tram back, walk to the other side, and again clear security and take the tram out to your gate. You see the reason to have CLEAR and PreCheck at MCO.
Next tip if you are flying this. PLEASE get all of your boarding passes in MCO if you are doing any quick turns a.k.a. you are not staying for a few days in MEX or SDQ. Also, and this is clearly imperative, make sure you have your Delta frequent flyer number printed on your paper boarding passes. If they are not, do not leave until they fix it. Then hold on to them for proof you have flown (as well as the eRecipt and copy of your itinerary from AM site). We all want to make sure we get full points for this fun! Then again, if you are a smart flyer, you should ALWAYS have a paper copy of your boarding pass for so many other reasons anyway.
Next some advice along the way. You will have to clear passport control and enter Mexico EACH WAY so why not get two copies of the forms on the first flight. You are fresh and awake and can fill them out (just don’t get them confused). Much simpler than on the regional jet later when you are sleepy.
Speaking of the regional jet, please get two copies of the “tiny” form you see above (sorry for blurry photo). The print on it is so small I had to take a photo with my phone and zoom in to see some of the print. Oh and the reason for two is you will need another copy when you exit SDQ. Fill them both out at once.
$10 entry fee to SDQ. You don’t have to pay it if you are not staying for a few days. I almost paid the fee online to save time but I am happy I did not. But the tip of printing all your boarding passes is how you save the fee and can show you are only transiting in SDQ not staying. It also saves you time on tight connections.
Entering MEX. Thankfully there were no lines at all at passport control and we zipped through both on the late arriving flight as well as the early morning return and this was critical as we would have missed our flight if we had had to wait. After passport control you have two customs areas. The first one on your left (just past the bathrooms) is for when you are returning to the USA and the second for your SDQ fight. I have no idea why they are split as they dump into the same arrival hall area.
Lounges and connections. After you enter MEX go up one floor and look for your departing gate and Sky priority security (lines were not long either way). Both the gates and the lounges are upstairs from arrivals. You will have time to visit either the AMEX Centurion (open till midnight) or the AeroMexico lounge (open till 1AM).
If you are doing the quick 1.5 hour connection on the way back it will be tight and don’t “stop to smell the roses” along the way. Get to you gate ASAP. We made it just in time as they boarded shortly after we arrived.
Other bits. Without spoiling other posts in the series on this run, the points are looking perfect and are posting for most correctly and there was real value to this run. However, many of the seats are horrible and outdated business class seats. I hope you looked at my post yesterday and have a really good battery brick as you will need it. Don’t expect power on most of the legs. Same goes for entertainment – bring your own. Food was disappointing as you will see in the next few posts.
Lastly don’t expect Gogo on any of your flights as the GA just rolled her eyes when I asked (telling me most jets are not equipped). Plus, much of this run is over water anyway.
Overall this was a fun run but I am happy I only booked one, not due to the points, but due to the product and overall AeroMexico domestic business class experience leaves much to be desired. – René