Hi all, I have a strange question and it is a bit complicated so bear with me.
I am getting married in Cancun next year and we booked a large group travel package with Sunwing. Round trip flights to/from Canada, hotel, all inclusive package, etc. was included in the price. Well my soon to be husband and I are now thinking that we don’t want to stay in Cancun for the honeymoon and that we would like to fly somewhere else after the wedding week, like Costa Rica or Peru, etc.
I contacted my travel agent and she basically told me we could not do that because the package deal is book with a charter airline and if you enter on a charter flight you have to depart on one from the same airport. Basically we are limited to only extending our stay in Cancun and we cannot cancel the return leg of the trip due to it changing the entire group package deal.
So my question is, what if we happened to "miss" our return flight home with the airline and instead went to the airport and checked in to our new departure flight to our honeymoon location.
We would depart the same day as originally planned. (Basically we would purchase a one way flight out of Cancun to a different location and just not show up for our charter flight)
My travel agent is not the most helpful person in the world and just kept telling me no, no, no and did not entertain any of my alternative options. She said when you arrive in Cancun you fill in a tourist card that has your departure flight on it so if you then check into the airport for a different flight we will be fined or held up in customs and possibly denied check in to the new flight....
So my questions to you are:
1) What happens when you miss charter flight? Are you able to book your own flight out of the country without a hassle? It seems strange to me that they would not let you leave unless it was another charter flight. People must miss flights all the time so there has to be a reasonable option.
2) When you enter the country and fill in the tourist card, could we just fill in the new departure flight information and leave out the return charter flight? Or will someone notice that you arrive on a charter and do not plan to leave on one? (To be honest I don’t even remember having to fill in my return flight details on the tourist card in the past, I just thought we had to put the date of departure...am I wrong?)
3) People must change travel plans all the time, is doing something like this completely crazy? My travel agent is making us seem like we are doing something very bad! We just want to go on our darn honeymoon and don’t want to be restricted by having to take a charter flight back home and then travel somewhere else from our home city in Canada. What a hassle....especially if we want to go to central or south America...
If anyone has any insight for me it would be greatly appreciated.