Posted September 16th, 2005, 07:20 PM
Much of it depends on when you want to travel and what categories of seats are available. It appears that Oceania's seat selection searches for any excursion ("Q" class) seats available that will get you to the port city prior to your boarding time, regardless of convenience or connection time. You'll likely to be booked on a large US-flag or foreign carrier like Lufthansa, BA, or AF, with lots of transAtlantic capacity. Some passengers flying into Stockholm found themselves booked on Icelandic via Reykjavik.
If you can find alternative flights with "cheap seats," you'll likely only have to pay the $50/ticket deviation fee. But if the seats are more expensive, Oceania will naturally expect you to cover the difference. So far, we're batting around .666 on finding alternative flights with available Q class fares. Having a good travel agent with access to Sabre, Amadeus, or other online booking engines helps in finding alternative flights. United Airlines' website shows the number of fare classes and the number of seats available in those classes via its online reservations search engine, but that means you may have to fly United. Sure, it's a bankrupt carrier, but nowdays, who isn't?