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SJO / San Jose, Costa Rica Departure now Offers FAST TRACK (2018)

SJO / San Jose, Costa Rica Departure now Offers FAST TRACK (2018)

Old Mar 30, 18, 3:06 pm
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SJO / San Jose, Costa Rica Departure now Offers FAST TRACK (2018)

SJO has a Fast Track lane for First and Biz Departing Passengers for Passport control and Security. Unfortunately you still need a paper boarding pass that gets a stamp from the ticket counter. A phone displaying a first/biz class ticket will not work. On a plus side you no longer have to wait in another line to pay departure tax as it is collected by AA now and included in your ticket price

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Old Mar 30, 18, 7:15 pm
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interesting... what if you had a paper ticket printed from hotel, etc..? Would you still need to go to ticket counter for stamp?

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Old Mar 31, 18, 3:45 am
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This is a destination, not airline, specific issue, so we have moved it with a permanent trailing link. Anyone searching in the American Airlines forum for SJO will find the link leading to this thread.

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Old Mar 31, 18, 6:31 am
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The Fast-Track line has been around for awhile. You're right: Without a stamp from the check-in counter on a paper boarding pass, you can't use it.

Airlines finally began incorporating the departure tax into their ticket prices about two years ago. It was a slow transition. I remember the days when they physically pasted stamps into your passport. Costa Rica has also done away with the form you had to fill out upon exiting the country.
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Old Mar 31, 18, 2:04 pm
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Originally Posted by SJOGuy View Post

Airlines finally began incorporating the departure tax into their ticket prices about two years ago. It was a slow transition..
They have not for WestJet nor Cubana. The latter one can see, the former, lazy. Fortunately for the token flights per day/week the lines are not hue like they were when Spirit was part of the club.
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Old Mar 31, 18, 2:05 pm
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Originally Posted by msv777 View Post
interesting... what if you had a paper ticket printed from hotel, etc..? Would you still need to go to ticket counter for stamp?

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Yes. Not much advantage in checking in other than to get a seat if not confirmed and you can show them the paper boarding pass from the hotel which they then take and give you theirs instead.
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Old Mar 31, 18, 8:39 pm
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Originally Posted by ricktoronto View Post
They have not for WestJet nor Cubana. The latter one can see, the former, lazy. Fortunately for the token flights per day/week the lines are not hue like they were when Spirit was part of the club.
You're right. The transition is not complete yet.

There was also a time when Costa Rica had three-tiered pricing for the airport tax: one level for tourists, a second for citizens, and a third for foreign residents.
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Old Apr 1, 18, 3:44 pm
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OP is correct. I posted this on the 'Best Lounge at SJO?' thread some months ago:

SJO Fast Track (Passport Control and Security VIP Lines):

Access:
- Any latin american bank issued MasterCard Black credit or debit card.
- Diplomatic Passports.
- Any airline business class boarding pass WITH Fast Track stamp.
If you check-in online or at airport's electronic kiosk, you must go to your airline counter and ask to an agent to stamp your boarding pass. The boarding pass MUST have the stamp in order to use the Fast Track. Despite digital boarding passes from smartphones are accepted to go through security, they are not valid for the Fast Track, you must get a printed boarding pass first, and then go to the counter for the stamp. Otherwise you'll be instructed to do the regular LONG lines, doesn't matter if it says business class. The boarding pass should look like this:
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Old Jul 25, 18, 11:19 pm
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Do you get fast track on Avianca if you are Star Gold?
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Old Jul 26, 18, 7:58 am
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Using the fast track lane is based on the class (first or biz) you're flying that day, not airline status.

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Old Nov 8, 18, 11:11 am
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Originally Posted by SJOGuy View Post
Using the fast track lane is based on the class (first or biz) you're flying that day, not airline status.
Also WestJet Plus (which is PE) and there is something for black mastercard that I think have to be issued by a CA bank, might be a Credomatic card.
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