When booking my flight to Aruba, I found an option through Copa Air that would give me a one-day stop in Panama City on each end — bingo.
Of the major U.S. carriers, Copa is most similar to JetBlue. Giving you:
- 2 bags up to 23kg in free checked luggage (note to last-minute travelers: 60 minute advance check-in rule, unlike U.S. standard 45)
- Seat assignments
- TV’s on the seat backs
- Extended leg-room in main cabin flights (I’m 5’7” with the majority of that height below the hips, so my knees look for things like that)
- Choice of at least two full meal options plus snacks (MIA to PTY is 3 hours… do I really need all this food?)
- Wine + spirits on the free
Here I thought Porter Airlines’ complimentary cappuccino lounge in Toronto was a perk.
Is that zucchini on my hot turkey sandwich? From a stewardess?
I flew Copa 4 (albeit short) legs: MIA-PTY, PTY-AUA and back with equally pleasant experiences each time. Leaving Aruba I skipped what looked like at least 45-minutes of line-waiting just for flying Copa instead of any other airline out of AUA. Airport perks, timely boarding, solid in-cabin experience. They were even friendly with my Spanish. (¿Mas vino por favor?)
Moral of the story, to Central and South America through Copa I go.
PERK: Visit Panama is currently running a promotion to extend your layover on any Copa flight within a few days at no extra cost. Check it out here.