Posted June 10th, 2012, 11:11 AM
Last edited by greatam; June 10th, 2012 at 11:12 AM
I have purchased tickets from choice air and the rules were the same as directly with the airline, they say if the flight is refundable. With celebrity giving 200 to 600 dollars back, I do not know why anyone would not consider this.
I realize I am communicating with realists, but education is preferrable to smack downs.
The RULES are NOT the same when purchasing the cheapest of the Choice Air tickets. The FARE CLASS is different from even the lowest fare class sold by airlines.
What does refundable have to do with the equation? ONLY high dollar tickets on Choice Air or from an airline are truly fully refundable.
Choice Air sell the cheapest tickets in three categories-vacation package, cruise package and bulk purchase. ALL have much more stringent restrictions than the lowest fare class purchased directly from the airline. Some of the restrictions: cruise package fare class-you don't take the cruise, your ticket is no good for land travel. Your cruise is cancelled for whatever reason-can't use your ticket for a land trip to the same area. You MUST use it in conjunction with a cruise to the same area. Vacation package, same thing.
Bulk purchase-don't get me started.
1. The tickets are non reroutable and non endorsable. What this means to you: One little glitch-doesn't matter what it is-could be as simple as broken seat belt on a plane which will arrive late for your connection. You are restricted to flying the SAME route on the SAME airline. No seats on the next plane out-too bad. You will WAIT. You will NOT be seated on another airline except in extreme cases. Please note the Choice Air website states "work with" the airlines. No guarantees. And if you have more than 2 people on a booking, you will most likely be split up into 2, maybe even three different flights. With planes flying full, there is rarely 4 MT seats in any one plane to take those who have been displaced.
Check out this thread-Choice Air tickets that COULD NOT be rerouted or used on another airline, with the end result of a missed cruise. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...air+us+airways
It was confirmed by another traveler that airline purchased tickets WERE re-routed and passengers placed on other airlines. The Choice Air ticket holders WERE NOT due to the underlying fare rules.
2. One way tickets look cheap-you are being sold 1/2 of a RT fare, with another person's name attached to the other half.
3. You cannot read the entire fare rules on a lot of the Choice Air tickets. How do you know what you are actually buying??? In addition, some of the Choice Air tickets are in multiple fare classes. Airlines generally use the most restrictive rules if you have a multiple fare class ticket with differing rules. So you buy what you THINK is a pretty good deal and find out the segment on the regional jet skews your entire trip. The devil is in the details.
And last, read through the sticky at the top of this forum-Cruise Air and Air Deviation. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=530322
Just as valid now as it was when written. Except YOU are picking the airline tickets, which saved the cruise line 1000's and 1000's of dollars in labor in their air/sea dept. Same bulk contract/cruise package/vacation package tickets purchased by the cruise line in years gone by. By dumping them into a fancy website, the unknowing cruise passenger THINKS they are buying tickets with the same rules as those purchased directly from the airline. They are generally NOT. When you purchase on price alone, you can find yourself in deep doo doo.