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  1. My guess is that you have a confirmed reservation, not a confirmed ticket. Also, seat assignments are technically seat "requests" and can be changed by the airline. This is true even when the ticket is fully paid for.
  2. Two things to add: 1. Re: concerns about delayed luggage...the real advice here is to plan to arrive at your cruise embarkation point one or two days early. If your bags are delayed, they generally have time to catch up to you before the cruise. More importantly, YOU have time to catch up if your flights get canceled or delayed at the last minute for whatever reason. That's the real reason it's so often suggested to plan to arrive early. That it gives delayed bags a chance to catch up is secondary. 2. Re: buying a round trip ticket and ditching the return....First, make sure i
  3. Hmm....while there are many who may come here to post, erroneously, that the "best" time to purchase is X, the more knowledgeable posters repeatedly remind folks that that's a myth; there is no single best time to purchase airline tickets. It's a fluid situation, and trying to outguess airline pricing algorithms is an exercise in futility. Watch, monitor, get a general idea of pricing, and decide what you're comfortable paying. If and when you see that price, buy.
  4. Exactly. Be careful calling those economy plus/comfort plus products "plushier seats." First, the seat itself is the exact same seat as in regular economy....same exact seat, no additional width, they usually say extra recline but the additional amount is so miniscule many would be hard-pressed to notice the difference, and the seat amenities are the same as economy...no additional storage pockets, TV screen if offered is the same size and so forth. What they offer is a few extra inches of legroom and maybe earlier boarding. On Delta alcoholic beverages are included, but if it's a flig
  5. 3"??? That's a situation where I would have to think it was really an economy "plus" product, not true premium economy
  6. This right here^^^^. Depending on the airline and the specific aircraft, be sure it's true premium economy, and not "economy plus, comfort plus" etc. Many see the latter and incorrectly categorize it as premium economy when it's not, and because the cruise line air departments often don't have a defined category for the "plus" products even they sometimes lump it in with true premium economy when it's not. Also, when checking the airline, be sure you are looking at the "operated by" part. You might have a Delta ticket but a particular segment is "operated by Air France," or a United ti
  7. This. Airlines often do not return to the same airport, but instead continue on somewhere else. And this. Plus since covid airlines have reduced their numbers of flights overall, eliminated certain destinations for the time being, etc. Ok, but from DFW are you still only trying to find nonstop options? That's going to limit you.
  8. Same! My flying is all leisure, and I just cannot do those long flights sitting up in economy anymore. Never say never, but I'm just miserable if/when I do it. I don't sleep as well in business as I do at home, but for me, being able to stretch out in a lie flat with a duvet is worth the cost to me. I realize not everyone feels the same or has the budget to make the same choices.
  9. The increased contact is about 1) the food prep involved in the meal before it even gets to the plane, and 2) the increased contact required by flight crew to make final preparations for the meal. Typically for a regular meal, they have to heat the entrees, then add each entree to a cold tray that already has the salad, dessert etc. on it. Then they add bread to the tray, etc. In business class, there is even more handling, as there is often an appetizer course served separately at the start, and a dessert course served separately at the end. That's a lot more handling than handing someone
  10. And I'll play devil's advocate and tell you that if you need to sit together, then book however you need to book to ensure that, without relying on other pax to switch seats. Yes, many people will gladly switch with you, but it's presumptuous to expect/hope/assume they will; they may have selected their seat for a particular reason and/or paid to do so, and thus many won't take kindly to you trying to skirt the system to save a buck. And yes, airlines will separate parents and children if they didn't book seats together or pay for that privilege. If you consider decent
  11. I don't have a link because the info has come in various different emails etc. but just as an FYI, Delta has announced two very positive things in the last few days. 1. They will continue to block middle seats at least through the end of March 2021. Some other airlines are already filling all seats if demand exists. 2. They have said the elimination of change fees has been made a permanent change. As always, if you do change a ticket, you would be subject to any difference in fare, but losing a change fee $250+ right off the bat from the value of your ticket will be a thing of the
  12. Thanks, I've seen photos of this since posting before! Really? I've flown Southwest several times since covid hit and there is always a question at check-in, whether its online or at the check in desk, asking if you've experienced any covid-like symptoms or been exposed to anyone you know had covid in the prior 2 weeks. Granted, they have to take you at your word, but they do ask.
  13. So this begs the question, are people getting the vaccine being given proof that they got it? I had a doctors appt yesterday and we were talking about the vaccine. My doctor's understanding is that at least here in the US, those getting the vaccine aren't being given any sort of proof, at least thus far. So if this becomes a requirement by an airline or a particular country's immigration department, will it just be a case of "check here if you've had the covid19 vaccine" and they'll take your word for it?
  14. We fly often enough that we know we will us whatever airline credits we get if we have to cancel a flight. So in a nutshell, we are booking and not worrying about it. As for long hold times, you may be able to use a call back feature, so the airline calls you back instead of waiting on hold. Or put your phone on speaker and go about your business until they pick up.
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