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Old 05-27-2015, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Most airlines are glad to change a 'non-refundable' ticket if you're willing to pay a change fee (typically around $200) and and fare differences between old and new flight. Your call if that price is right for you.

And yeah, airlines will generally cancel the remaining ticket for no-shows in the name of discouraging hidden city ticketing.
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Old 05-27-2015, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Most airlines are glad to change a 'non-refundable' ticket if you're willing to pay a change fee (typically around $200) and and fare differences between old and new flight. Your call if that price is right for you.

And yeah, airlines will generally cancel the remaining ticket for no-shows in the name of discouraging hidden city ticketing.
I did contact the airline yesterday; I can change the ticket to the next day for a reasonable fee. So no problem there.

My concern right now is how little I know of Panama. At first I was excited about the possibility of seeing Old Town and being able to visit another country as part of the layover aspect of the trip. But now I am feeling it may be unsafe and am trying to gauge if it's worth it or not.
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Old 05-27-2015, 01:13 PM
 
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I did contact the airline yesterday; I can change the ticket to the next day for a reasonable fee. So no problem there.

My concern right now is how little I know of Panama. At first I was excited about the possibility of seeing Old Town and being able to visit another country as part of the layover aspect of the trip. But now I am feeling it may be unsafe and am trying to gauge if it's worth it or not.
Panama City has similar murder rate as New Orleans (about 50 per 100,000). If you hire a guide, there is no need to be so scared.
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Old 06-01-2015, 04:06 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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If you have a day, then go see the canal & Casco Viejo. its not too bad, I was there two years ago. Pretty safe if you stay in the tourist parts. I wouldn't do it on a 4 hour layover though.
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Old 06-01-2015, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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If you have a day, then go see the canal & Casco Viejo. its not too bad, I was there two years ago. Pretty safe if you stay in the tourist parts. I wouldn't do it on a 4 hour layover though.
I am now considering staying overnight since I have the next day off. Was going to do the canal one day and Casco Viejo the other. Looks like June is rainy season there so not sure if I'd be able to do both without getting caught in a downpour at some point; forecast calls for an afternoon storm pretty much every day right now.
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Old 06-02-2015, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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There is a town of sorts that has grown up across the street from the airport,, actually more like the suburbs creeping out to the airport, which used to be in the middle of nowhere. It's just a few minutes walk outside the terminal, and it will give you something of the Panamanian experience. There will be at least a place to get an excellent cold Panamanian beer, and lunch. It will be perfectly safe to wander the town, but be careful of what you eat, your immune system has not acclimated itself to the local intestinal bugs.
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:52 PM
 
Location: IN MY BED
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Panama City has similar murder rate as New Orleans (about 50 per 100,000). If you hire a guide, there is no need to be so scared.
Wrong dude, Panama has a murder rate of 19/100,000 As a matter of fact, I was reading about that today in the papers.
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:58 PM
 
Location: IN MY BED
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There is a town of sorts that has grown up across the street from the airport,, actually more like the suburbs creeping out to the airport, which used to be in the middle of nowhere. It's just a few minutes walk outside the terminal, and it will give you something of the Panamanian experience. There will be at least a place to get an excellent cold Panamanian beer, and lunch. It will be perfectly safe to wander the town, but be careful of what you eat, your immune system has not acclimated itself to the local intestinal bugs.
What town are you talking about? You certainly are not talking about Pty because what you are mentioning is just a neighborhood with nothing to do or see there. From the airport with 4.5 hours, she has enough time to go to Metromall or Los Pueblos, they are about 20 minutes away from the airport and she can see and live the Panamanian experience.
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:06 PM
 
Location: IN MY BED
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I have a 4.5 hour layover in Panama City, Panama on Monday, June 8th. My flight leaves at 6:45 pm.

Would it be insane to try to do 1 sight seeing activity and catch a quick dinner? Or do I need to stay my butt in the airport?

ETA: By sight seeing I mean just go straight to Casco Viejo and spend an hour walking around taking photos, then grab a meal to go for the ride back to the airport.
I wouldn't do it because you will be taking the rush traffic hour and 4.5 hours is not enough time, but consider going to Los Pueblos or Metromall you will have time enough to go to either of those two places. I could have helped you, too bad I get back to work that same day. Now, a taxi will charge you like $30 all the way to the city taking the Southern Corridor which is a highway, but I dont recommend it because you may miss your flight.
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Old 06-05-2015, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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What town are you talking about? You certainly are not talking about Pty because what you are mentioning is just a neighborhood with nothing to do or see there. From the airport with 4.5 hours, she has enough time to go to Metromall or Los Pueblos, they are about 20 minutes away from the airport and she can see and live the Panamanian experience.
What did I say she could "do or see there"?

The bus might not run often enough, but one option would be to go the opposite direction, to Chepo, which is a real Panamanian country town, quite friendly and similar to any other Panamanian town, unspoiled by tourists. But 4 hours might be cutting that too thin. I hope you don't think that you cannot "experience" a country without going to that country's equivalent of the Mall of America or Times Square. Unless you're talking about taking a taxi, nothing is "20 minutes away" if you also have to count the waiting time for the bus to depart.

Even in the trees and lawns around the airport terminal, she can hear or maybe see species of birds that exist nowhere else in the world. That is a Panamanian experience. So is sitting and listening to Panamanian radio in a little cantina drinking a can of cold Balboa and watching Panamanians pass away the time of their day. Do not assume everyone defines an experience exactly the same way you do, and wishes to go home only with your memories of metromalls. Let people discover their own experiences.

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