It was January (well technically the end of December, New Year’s Eve to be specific) in the midwest so it stands to reason that I was in desperate need of flying south for at least a week of the winter. So, a week off during the first week of January meant it was time to find a hot spot to sun my buns. This time around the wife and I decided that we wanted to avoid jetlag since we would only be traveling for a week. After exploring options within five hours of Chicago, we decided upon Belize. So come along with me and let’s jet off to Belize.
FYI, links for the flight videos will follow at the end.
CHICAGO (ORD)- BELIZE (BZE):
Experience/Total stars: 4.25 of 5 stars. Really good flight, would be better with an updated cabin product.
Check-in: 5/5- Checkin online was quick and easy.
Lounge: I didn’t visit the United Club this time around..
Boarding: 5 out of 5- Routine boarding process with priority boarding for First Class.
Seat: 3 out of 5- The old 737-800 first class seat is comfortable but it’s time for a cabin update including new seats.
In-Flight Entertainment: 4 out of 5- The seatback direct TV is a nice option but is limited to the continental US. Having streaming personal device entertainment is a nice secondary option though.
Meals: 5 of 5- The meal was actually pretty quite good and I always love that morning bread basket.
Cabin Crew: 5 of 5- The crew were kind and engaged.
Cabin ambiance: 3 of 5- The cabin is pretty bland and in need of refurbishment.
Cabin cleanliness: 4 of 5- The cabin was clean, but the need for a refresh means that surfaces looked a bit worn.
Price paid and value for money: 5 of 5- The roundtrip ticket costs $451 and the upgrade was free.
Thumbs up: The flight was on-time and the meal was actually pretty solid.
Thumbs down: The First Class product on the 737-800 really needs an update and refresh.
BELIZE (BZE)-SAN PEDRO (SPR):
Experience/Total stars: 3.33 of 5 stars. Average by the numbers but the experience of flying a Grand Caravan at 5,000 feet over beautiful blue waters can’t be beaten.
Check-in: 4/5- The check-in process was quick and the lines were short.
Boarding: 2 out of 5- This part was a bit chaotic. While we had reservations for a specific flight, Maya seems to operate multiple flights around the same time, and passengers are randomly allocated to one of the flights leaving within an hour of your scheduled time.
Seat: 3 out of 5- Hey, it’s a Cessna Grand Caravan. Not built for comfort but the views are phenomenal!
In-Flight Entertainment: 4 out of 5- They actually had an in-flight magazine but the best entertainment can be found looking out of the large windows..
Cabin Crew: N/A.
Cabin ambiance: 4 of 5- The cabin is plain but again, the views from the windows could not be better!
Cabin cleanliness: 3 of 5- The cabin was clean enough.
Price paid and value for money: 3 of 5- The flights are pretty expensive for the distance but the convenience beats taking a taxi from the airport to the ferry dock in the city followed by taking the hour-plus long ferry ride to San Pedro.
Thumbs up: Convenient with great views!
Thumbs down: A bit expensive.
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