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So Begins Flying Nightmare

Discussion in 'Vacation Travel Information' started by mpumilia, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. Sandy VDH

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    Also if there is a schedule change CHECK the flights. The computer will reschedule you if there are cancellations or changes. But it is not always as smart as it should be.

    I have had the computer automatically book me an outbound connecting flight that LEFT BEFORE my inbound flight arrived.

    I have had computer push my connecting time to the next day because of loads, allowable connecting times, and flight schedule changes. If the NEW schedule does NOT work, call. ASAP to fix it at NO charge. I have discussed having them refund my ticket because that wasn't going to work, but that conversation often seems to assist them in finding a solution.

    This works great for reward tickets too. I have booked the cheap miles awards as soon as they become available, I pick an acceptable routing that has cheap miles, even if it is not optimal. There is a really go chance the schedule will change. Hopefully you can use that schedule change to your advantage.

    I cannot stress this enough, it is strongly advised that you have the current schedule available that you want already figured out so that you don't have to take what they offer. You can suggest that they move you to what you want.
     
  2. mpumilia

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    This is where my inexperience with flying in recent years really shows! Lol!
     
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    One other thing I just did is I changed my reservation at the Quality Inn in Estes Park (which has very good reviews, btw) to Rams Horn Resort. Cost me a fortune- way, way more than I intended to spend- but I couldn't bear the thought of spending 7 nights in just a room (it was really bothering me- I am so spoiled with staying in timeshares! LOL!) and I like staying at resorts as opposed to individual homes (like on Home Away). I tried Redweek and also a Worldmark owner I rented from before in West Yellowstone, but the Redweek Worldmark owner didn't have my dates and the other Worldmark owner said there were only a few random dates available.

    So- I took the plunge! I must say, I have never, ever had such a crazy time with planning a vacation! Nor have I ever put this much time into it! OMG! I am exhausted! LOL!:whooopie:
     
  4. mpumilia

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    Well- you were right. Auto Slash has cut the price twice so far and I am down $124 from the original booked price1
     
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    Sandy has given you excellent advice on this one. Flight and seating changes seem to happen with such regularity these days that it's entirely possible that your flight plan will change again--and it sounds like it's unlikely to get worse and could improve. Unfortunately, the change is affecting your return flight--and if you are already this stressed about the changes and they are still in place on the day of your vacation--it seems to me like it could become a dark cloud hanging over your entire vacation experience as you dread what's coming and how to deal with it on the day of your return home. Remember that you can cancel the flight and have one year to use the $$ spent on the original flight to apply to a new itinerary. And since the airline changed the schedule, you would have a case to ask for the change fee to be waived when you re-book your vacation at another time. If I were in your shoes, I'd just roll with it--but we're all different and it sounds like you're already overwrought--and that could steal the whole enjoyment from your vacation.
     
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    Actually- no I am good now. I changed the whole vacation and we have nonstop flights now which makes it a lot more tolerable. I made a rule now- no more connecting flights. If connecting flights are involved in getting to a destination- we just won't do it. I do realize my new flights could also change but at least they are nonstop to Denver and there are a lot of flights to and from Denver.
     
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    It's only about a 6 hour drive from Denver to Durango; you could still go. And you could see The Great Sand Dunes on the way.
     
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    Yes- thanks I am aware, but we are staying the whole week in Estes Park- it's really only 6 days when you consider 2 are travel days. We will be doing enough driving as it is.

    We hope to maybe another time take a group tour out of Salt Lake City of all the Utah National Parks and Mesa Verde.
     
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    We're kinda adopting this attitude as well lately. Travel is more difficult these days, and I'd rather pay XX more to simplify as much as possible--and I try my best to upgrade as well. We're not getting younger and you can't take it with you--why not enjoy it?
    We're so used to being frugal in the past that it's not been easy to live it up a little. DH said the other day, "Why wait until we're 80?"
     
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    I didn't :D

    This year besides the annual ski season in Steamboat, London, Germany, Cancun and Seabrook Island SC are on the schedule.

    Sort of typical since turning 60:cool:

    Cheers
     
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    Agree completely. Have many FF miles on AA and have been a member since almost the beginning of their FF program. Availability has gotten progressively worse over the years. We switched over to WN several years ago and love the ease of travel. Will only fly AA for overseas travel where we fly F or J.
     
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    It has gotten more difficult but I just booked a Biz Class FF ticket for Oct to London on AA. Still have about 400k left. My AA FF number is actually from TWA:D

    Cheers
     
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