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The Airport Gauntlet

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 11:59 pm
by shaftjohnny88
The board had a post recently about the removal of all timeshare sharks from the airport by the first of the new year. Just curious if there has been any new news on this topic, as the supposed deadline is approaching. (Anything in the local P.V. media: Government announcement: Gossip on the street)? Thanks!

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 2:30 am
by arzluvcaz
Not that I have heard.
When we go on the 5th, I do expect to go through the same shark tank as usual :roll:

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 2:42 am
by chico98
shaftjohnny88

do you have the source on this rumor

chico

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:04 pm
by ellen
With all the money they just spent to build the new time share gauntlet, I can't see them tearing it down so soon.

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:27 pm
by shaftjohnny88
Chico,
I guess my source would be the post I read on the boards a few weeks ago.

viewtopic.php?t=13253

I have no personal inside info and was just curious if anyone else did.

Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 7:55 am
by tim25
Would be nice if they were gone, but I don't think it's going to happen. Just get thru the customs "lottery", grab yer bags and head thru the gauntlet. Eyes forward, head down, ignore all the BS and head outside. There you'll find either your tour bus or proper taxi's that will take you to your hotel.

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 3:56 am
by tandr2
we are currently sitting in denver after leaving PV today :( we didn't find the timeshare guys too bad this time...mind you we got a porter - gave him 70 pesos and said "no timeshare" - Mark from Children of the Dump was there as promised and we were at the hotel in a flash...i just laughed at most of them when they asked me what hotel - I said laughed and said no gracias and kept walking...

Time Sharks

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 4:58 pm
by fubob
I know this has been beat to death but bear with me for a sec...the last time we were in PV 2004 I think ..after the grren/red light for customs we were in the shark tank after that inside the terminal were the official tour operators are the tour operators still inside or do you have to go outside now /if so where?

Thanks

Re: Time Sharks

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 6:10 pm
by ellen
fubob wrote:I know this has been beat to death but bear with me for a sec...the last time we were in PV 2004 I think ..after the grren/red light for customs we were in the shark tank after that inside the terminal were the official tour operators are the tour operators still inside or do you have to go outside now /if so where?

Thanks
It's basically the same setup as when you were there but the shark tank has been considerably enlarged. Just follow the same procedure, turn left after going through the green light/red light, and keep walking past the people with the clipboards until you get into the main hall where the tour operators are.

Gauntlet

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 4:25 pm
by fubob
Thanks

One more thing where are the porters located ?

FB

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 4:33 pm
by kcowan
They will be standing by the luggage carousel with their handcart. Just make eye contact with one that you like. Make it clear that you know what you are doing.

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 5:06 pm
by glacierroasters
We are renting a car, I'm sure there will be signs...but any tips to getting to the Rental car desk (Avis)

TIA!

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 5:20 pm
by tandr2
the porter's all have a cart and blue shirts...when we got one - we made sure to give him his tip and say "no timeshare"...all was good.

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 5:27 pm
by kgs
I thought last year that we had successfully avoided the sharks, as we had arranged for a rental (Advantage) and we breezed by all of the chaos to the Advantage counter. No Problem - but hold on. The Advantage lot is off the airport property and a shuttle van escorts you to the Advantage lot. Guess What!!!! the Advantage driver, in an Advantage Uniform, was a time share shark. I thought she was just being conversational. Ha! Naive little me. But....we did cave in for a $200 decrease in our already low pre-negotiated rental rate, which was $19.95/night before taxes and liability insurance. So....if you are considering agreeing to a time share presentation - hold out for at least $200. I may try for $300 this year. That is my price for a morning of my time.

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 5:58 pm
by glacierroasters
kgs wrote:So....if you are considering agreeing to a time share presentation - hold out for at least $200. I may try for $300 this year. That is my price for a morning of my time.
$2000 - Cash- American- UP FRONT!! Just so they can hear me say "NO" 37 times in 4 languages, and a few other words.

That's my price when I'm on vacation, for a morning of my time.


:twisted:

Hence- be warned- I prefer my Shark marinated and medium rare.

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