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#41
We live on a small lake in rural Nebr.
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Originally posted by pthjudy
EZ air does not need to be paid until final payment and the beauty of this service is that if the price drops and you call, you will get the lower price but if it goes up, you will still get the price you currently have. What I find amazing is that whether or not you are using a TA, Princess will adjust the price for you quickly and easily. Last week our February flight from Newark to LA dropped a little. I called Princess and got the reduction. The very next day it dropped even more. Once again Princess adjusted. I check at least twice a day. We are now paying $301.50 pp for non stop afternoon flights. Couldn't do this with a booking directly with the airlines! Princess was even able to get us seats on one of the flights. Keep in mind since this is actually a rebooking, you will need to get seats each time you make a change. Sometimes you will need to go through the airline for seats.
We have booked EZ Air for the first time for our January South America cruise. How do you check the prices as you mentioned? Every time I try, I can't seem to figure out how to do this without changing the flights I have now. I'd like to just monitor the flights for price drops as you have been doing. I can't seem to find any way to do this--I'm sure I am just missing something.
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#42
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Originally posted by Nebr.cruiser
We have booked EZ Air for the first time for our January South America cruise. How do you check the prices as you mentioned? Every time I try, I can't seem to figure out how to do this without changing the flights I have now. I'd like to just monitor the flights for price drops as you have been doing. I can't seem to find any way to do this--I'm sure I am just missing something.
What I do is start a new search on the Princess website. Pick your date, ship, and itinerary just as you would if you hadn't booked. Once you get that voyage you will see a prompt on top right that says find flights. (It's before you would be selecting category.) Put in your airport, date etc and it will find flights. I go the day before so I need to change the date. I put in non stop. Once you find the same flight you currently have select it. (Or if you find a better one select that.) You will then select your return. The price for those two legs will be shown. If cheaper than what you currently have, call Princess. If not, do nothing. And yes, you can change flights. I changed my outgoing from United to Alaska Air. My original booking was close to $900 for 2. It's now $602.10. It could still drop further. I hope this is clear enough. I do it so often, it becomes almost automatic. Obsessive? Maybe. Thrifty? Definitely!
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#43
COLORADO
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Originally posted by Nebr.cruiser
We have booked EZ Air for the first time for our January South America cruise. How do you check the prices as you mentioned? Every time I try, I can't seem to figure out how to do this without changing the flights I have now. I'd like to just monitor the flights for price drops as you have been doing. I can't seem to find any way to do this--I'm sure I am just missing something.

To get an accurate fare comparison you should go through your current EZ Air booking.
You click on ADD/MODIFY flights and then do the search for new ones, IT WILL NOT cancel your current flights unless you go through the entire process and accept the new ones. Its very safe and easy to do. It will give you both the old and new flights side by side and give you the price difference.


Doing another dummy booking or NEW search will not give you all available and accurate options at the time.
It does not give you a way to lock them in while you go back and try and change them.
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#44
We live on a small lake in rural Nebr.
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Thanks everyone. I will try both methods and see what works best. I *think* I have tried the second method but prices were actually higher than I booked. I don't remember seeing the prices side by side tough.

Prices seem very high, compared, for instance, with fares to Europe, but maybe it is partly because of high demand or because I am flying from Omaha, not a major air hub. But then we always fly from Omaha.
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#45
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Originally posted by Nebr.cruiser
Thanks everyone. I will try both methods and see what works best. I *think* I have tried the second method but prices were actually higher than I booked. I don't remember seeing the prices side by side tough.

Prices seem very high, compared, for instance, with fares to Europe, but maybe it is partly because of high demand or because I am flying from Omaha, not a major air hub. But then we always fly from Omaha.
I've run into the same thing trying to find flights from Omaha. Sometimes being smack dab in the middle of the country isn't a good thing.
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#46
Southern Cal/Maui No Ka Oi
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Originally posted by Nebr.cruiser
Thanks everyone. I will try both methods and see what works best. I *think* I have tried the second method but prices were actually higher than I booked. I don't remember seeing the prices side by side tough.

Prices seem very high, compared, for instance, with fares to Europe, but maybe it is partly because of high demand or because I am flying from Omaha, not a major air hub. But then we always fly from Omaha.
That's been my experiences...great international airfares from the US but not great for domestic US airfares. We fly from LAX so there are many flight options & just like from Omaha domestic airfares are not great. Airfares from places such as Omaha may be more expensive no matter how they're booked.

Although even if the airfare is the same price as other booking sources, with Flexible EZair we have the option to make changes up to 45 days in advance & don't have to pay for them until the cruise's final payment.
#47
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Originally posted by Astro Flyer
That's been my experiences...great international airfares from the US but not great for domestic US airfares. We fly from LAX so there are many flight options & just like from Omaha domestic airfares are not great. Airfares from places such as Omaha may be more expensive no matter how they're booked.

Although even if the airfare is the same price as other booking sources, with Flexible EZair we have the option to make changes up to 45 days in advance & don't have to pay for them until the cruise's final payment.
The benefit of cruise air as you said is the ability to make changes up to 45 days in advance. But the drawbacks become glaringly obvious if there are any snafus and hiccups on the day of travel. Since EZAir tickets are extremely restricted tickets, your options for changes on the day of departure in case of weather, mechanical or other issues are much more limited than with "normal" tickets purchased directly from the airline.
#48
Southern Cal/Maui No Ka Oi
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Originally posted by frugaltravel
The benefit of cruise air as you said is the ability to make changes up to 45 days in advance. But the drawbacks become glaringly obvious if there are any snafus and hiccups on the day of travel. Since EZAir tickets are extremely restricted tickets, your options for changes on the day of departure in case of weather, mechanical or other issues are much more limited than with "normal" tickets purchased directly from the airline.
Yes, that's a risk that each passenger needs to consider before making a decision. Thankfully that has never happened to me but it's a factor we'll consider before deciding about how we'll book flights by making a risk vs benefit analysis. We routinely arrive several days early to minimize any results of flight interruptions.

Several years ago we directly booked frequent flyer tickets back to the US from Europe when the Icelandic volcano eruptions & labor issues affected our flights. I emailed my TA from the ship who despite not booking flights through her, she contacted the airlines to get us our best flight options home...a good TA can be very valuable.

I learned in our roll call that when arriving early to the embarkation airport that EZair does not assist with making alternative flights unless we "will" miss the ship or have actually missed the ship. I confirmed this fact with the terms & conditions and that passengers have to directly contact the airline for alternative flights when arriving early. Although that's the same situation whether booked directly with the airline or through EZair. Thankfully I haven't experienced the situation you described but appreciate your insights about that possibility.
#49
Minneapolis, MN
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When I use EZair and the price drops, I never call Princess for them to make the changes. I just go onto my booking and find my flights. There is a “Cancel” button that I select. Right after cancelling the flights I quickly rebook the new flights. I use Delta, so I can go onto their web site and reselect my seats. As soon as I cancelled the flights, Delta released the seats, which allows me to rebook the same seats.
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#50
We live on a small lake in rural Nebr.
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Originally posted by smm0218
I've run into the same thing trying to find flights from Omaha. Sometimes being smack dab in the middle of the country isn't a good thing.
Very true. Very few non-stops except short hops like Chicago or Denver. We usually use FF miles so actually paying for flights is a little shocking! But, too many miles required for this trip and/or no seats left anyway.

But, we do like living the uncongested, free, clean life in Nebraska--except for winter, of course. Our low cost of living probably makes up for a lot of flight costs!
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#51
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Originally posted by TwoCruisers
When I use EZair and the price drops, I never call Princess for them to make the changes. I just go onto my booking and find my flights. There is a “Cancel” button that I select. Right after cancelling the flights I quickly rebook the new flights. I use Delta, so I can go onto their web site and reselect my seats. As soon as I cancelled the flights, Delta released the seats, which allows me to rebook the same seats.
You were very lucky.........
It's best to ADD/MODIFY the flights and not cancel.
Doing this locks in the new flight before your old flight is canceled which happens automatically when you choose the new flight.
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#52
Midwest
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Joined May 2017
Originally posted by Nebr.cruiser
Very true. Very few non-stops except short hops like Chicago or Denver. We usually use FF miles so actually paying for flights is a little shocking! But, too many miles required for this trip and/or no seats left anyway.

But, we do like living the uncongested, free, clean life in Nebraska--except for winter, of course. Our low cost of living probably makes up for a lot of flight costs!
I was trying to use southwest miles to get to somewhere I could fly to Heathrow. When one of the flights to an east coast air port went through Denver I have up and decided ezair was the answer.

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#53
Minneapolis, MN
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Originally posted by Colo Cruiser
You were very lucky.........
It's best to ADD/MODIFY the flights and not cancel.
Doing this locks in the new flight before your old flight is canceled which happens automatically when you choose the new flight.
Thank you for the tip. I will try this in the future.

I'm always learning something new on Cruise Critic.
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#54
Toronto On. Canada
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Joined Mar 2003
Click - Add/Modify, your flights will appear, on the top right hand side - Change Flights, click on, select your flights, click continue, bottom on the page will show your old price and new price, if the price is cheaper, click continue, a notice will appear, click continue, a booking has been reserved with a new booking number.

I book with flexible Princess EZ and watch the airlines sites and take whichever is cheaper before final payment.
#55
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Originally posted by smm0218
I was trying to use southwest miles to get to somewhere I could fly to Heathrow. When one of the flights to an east coast air port went through Denver I have up and decided ezair was the answer.
Unfortunately with Southwest miles/points, you can't get to Europe.
#56
mansfield, tx
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We did it on our trip last November. We were originally scheduled to fly in the day of the cruise, but they changed us to a flight that didn't even arrive in FLL until 2pm. Ended up switching to a flight coming in the day before. The Princess rep handled the change, but still annoying that they would have considered putting us on a flight that wouldn't even be scheduled to arrive until 2 hrs prior to sailing.
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Originally posted by frugaltravel
Unfortunately with Southwest miles/points, you can't get to Europe.
Well you can, but you are actually flying someone else and It takes a LOT of points.
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#58
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We used EX Air for our Alaskan cruise (We leave in the 17th) Multi city - Memphis-Seattle then Vancouver-Memphis Princess EZ-Air was almost $300 cheaper.
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#59
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The Carnival Corporation CEO said they've combined the purchasing power of all of their cruise lines. That's a great idea & often results in much better airfares particularly for international flights.
#60
We live on a small lake in rural Nebr.
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Originally posted by smm0218
I was trying to use southwest miles to get to somewhere I could fly to Heathrow. When one of the flights to an east coast air port went through Denver I have up and decided ezair was the answer.

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Yes, when I was looking at booking myself some of the layovers were over 15 hours!! And no better price. We do have to do Omaha-Charlotte-Miami-Buenos Aires going, but only Santiago-Houston-Omaha coming back. And much more reasonable total travel times.
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