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  1. Just a follow-up... As I hoped they might, the Lufthansa flights became available on their website to reserve seats (for a fee) today. I've been checking once or twice a week. We're a little over 6 weeks out from the flights. That's about the time I've heard that group reservations like this actually get ticketed and become available. Advanced seat assignments were $40 for one leg and $30 for the other (standard economy class).
  2. Maybe not for free, but they did for purchase on our last flight with them. For both the "domestic" leg (Krakow to Frankfurt) and the international leg (Frankfurt to Denver). For this cruise, we have Denver to Frankfurt and Frankfurt to Dubai legs on Lufthansa. On our last trip I booked through United directly (not a Celebrity flight add-on). I booked Standard Economy through United. That got free advanced seat assignment on the United flight legs, but not the Lufthansa ones. But I was able to go into the reservation on the Lufthansa website and pay the $40 to choose advance seats for those legs. It's not even allowing me to do that this time. I'm guessing that since ETNs aren't showing up either that the reservation simply isn't ticketed yet. Hoping that when it is, the advanced seat assignment option becomes available (even if for a fee).
  3. I booked flights with Celebrity Flights for an upcoming cruise. Combination of United and Lufthansa flights. I'm pretty sure Celebrity uses some sort of group rate fares, and I read somewhere they don't actually ticket the flights until a few months before the flight (it's about 10 weeks prior now). I do have record locators for each airline segment though. I can go in now to United and select seats, no problem. But Lufthansa tells me that I can't select seats until 23 hours before the flight, at check-in. But it also shows "Not available" under the spot for Electronic Ticket Number(s). Does that mean the flight hasn't been ticketed yet? And does anyone know if seat assignments then become available on Lufthansa once it finally get ticketed?
  4. Thank you so much! It's great to hear it confirmed from someone who's actually done it. The official India website is seriously lacking in such information.
  5. Does anyone know whether for a cruise with 3 consecutive India ports (Mumbai, Goa, Cochin) we need the 30-day eTourist visa ($25 USD) or the 1-year ($40 USD)? From what I've read, the 30-day is supposed to be a double-entry visa, while the 1-year is multiple-entry (not 100% sure if that's correct though, I just read it on TripSavvy). Some people say 3 consecutive India ports means it only requires a single entry, but I can't find that listed officially anywhere. In fact, I can't find anything about # of entries anywhere on the official website, only external travel sites. Obviously I'd prefer to just get the 30-day and save a little money but if there's a real question I'll just get the 1-year to be safe. Does anyone know for sure which is needed for such a cruise? (We're not going anywhere else in India other than the 3 cruise cities.)
  6. Thanks Anne. Appreciate the info. I almost went with one closer to the creek (Raddison Blu). I looked at the Hilton too. All the hotels looked nice, actually, so it came down more to ease of using the metro. If there's more stuff to do/see by the creek, maybe I'll switch. We effectively just have 1.5 days at the hotel. Flight arrives 10:30pm so we just go straight to bed around midnight and probably sleep for 10 hours after the long flights and jetlag. One day of seeing things via Metro, and half a day the next before we head to the cruise port midday (although it stays docked for a night so we have an extra Dubai day from the ship to see things). With such a short hotel stay, I didn't think we'd be hanging around the hotel area much at all, so I just went with easiest metro access.
  7. We have a March cruise starting in Dubai, and we're staying 2 nights in hotel (the ship also docks an extra night). Never been to Dubai before so I did some research. The layout kinda reminds me a little of the Las Vegas Strip, in that the properties and things to see are huge and spread out and not very walkable. It doesn't appear to me that there's any core "Old Town" area to stay in like many European cities have, where you can just stay there are walk around and see the best stuff. Looks like it's gonna take transportation to see much. So instead of picking a hotel near some destination, I picked one with the easiest access to the Metro. I chose the Somewhere Apartment Hotel in the Dubai Creek area (next to the Deira City Center Mall). The subway entrance is literally on the sidewalk in front of the hotel. Looks like a nice hotel, although every hotel I checked looked really nice and had surprisingly good prices. I thought Dubai would be much more expensive but there's tons of decent 4-star hotels for under $150/ni (USD) after taxes. It's also very close to the airport. After 20 hours of flights to get into Dubai late night, the shorter the ride from the airport the better. We might even just take the subway since it looks like there's escalators on all of them (not sure about elevators). Wouldn't want to drag our luggage up stairs.
  8. There's so much variance in flight searches and fares. The routes with more competition (as Amsterdam probably has from major US cities) probably show the better fares on more of the usual search engines. My flights were less common (Denver to Dubai, Singapore to Denver) thus could be why I had such great variance between searches. Celebrity Flights was $1013, ChoiceAir $2200, United $4000, and Orbitz/Expedia/Priceline/GoogleFlights were in the $1500-$1800 range. If you haven't tried those latter 4 (and other 3rd party search sites), I'd check them too. They tend to have many differences as well. August is a long way off. I'd feel comfortable holding off for a good fare to pop up for another 4-5 months if needed. Should always be able to get at least a reasonable fare on Celebrity if a good sale doesn't pop up by then.
  9. Did you check it directly on the Celebrity site? Go into ALREADY BOOKED, then BOOK FLIGHTS. I found drastically cheaper fares that way than going to ChoiceAir.com. I expected them to produce the same results but it was very different.
  10. I meant I use the TA (major membership warehouse) to book the cruise, not the flights. Get better perks and bonuses that way. I nearly always book airfare on my own (either direct with the airline or through Expedia, Orbitz, etc, depending who comes up with the best fares and flights). I like to have full control over flights and fares chosen. But when it's a Celebrity cruise I also check their flight prices as they're often much cheaper. Like on this cruise, I paid $1013 while United showed $4000+ for the exact same flights (not that I'd have chosen those for $4000, of course).
  11. I ended up booking the cruise, then using the booking# to recheck ChoiceAir (nothing changed - still $2300+ flights), and on the Celebrity website thru TripPlanner (the $1013 economy flights were still there, although the premium economy flights went up). So basically it sounds like the fares were the same whether a booking# was provided or not. Still doesn't explain the completely different results between ChoiceAir and the Celebrity site directly. I went ahead and grabbed the $1013 flights, which is quite good for DEN-DXB + SIN-SIN flights. The exact same flights priced on United's website are $4000+. Expedia, etc all want $1500+. So I'm happy with what I got, and they were better flights/times. It's always a guessing game on what flight class and features you're gonna get that way though. This combo of flights uses Lufthansa on the outbound flights and United on the return. I was able to get into the United reservation and select seats for free. Also says 2 checked bags free! That's unusual. But Lufthansa says no advanced seat selection until check-in. Not sure if that's because the flights may not have been ticketed yet and that could change, or if we're stuck waiting until check-in. Hope not.
  12. Getting ready to book a March cruise (Dubai to Singapore). I always book through a TA, but I also check fares on Celebrity's website just in case. I also check airfares externally and on ChoiceAir. But now I'm baffled by different option: the "Flights" button when going into to check a cruise fare directly on Celebrity's website. When I select a specific cruise there (only to look, without actually purchasing), a "Flights" tab is there to the right of "Shore Excursions". When I click on that it allows be to get a flight quote and select specific flights. That's all good. My confusion is that they offer completely different (way better) fares than the flightsbycelebrity.com website (i.e. ChoiceAir). I get a $2200 best fare showing up there, but only $1000 by using the "Flights" tab! I figured the "Flights" tab would be the same as the ChoiceAir, but it's not. Anyone know what the deal is? Obviously I'd like to book the much cheaper fares. But I don't know whether I can do that if I book the actual cruise externally via a TA. Can I book the cruise externally and then go into Celebrity's website and still get to that "Flights" tab to book the flights using that flight engine rather than the ChoiceAir/FlightsByCelebrity engine?
  13. Ah, ok. I figured the bookings made directly with HAL would automatically show up. I was just curious if anyone had any luck getting the ones make through a TA to save, or whether they also had to retype in the booking# every time. Thanks.
  14. It's been doing it for a few months now. Might have coincided with when I installed an SSD and migrated Windows to it. I think I installed the newest version of Firefox fresh too, but maybe not. Anyway, I'll play with it. My main question was just whether anyone else was having it fail in Firefox too. Looks like not. At least the "not finding it by booking# part", anyway.
  15. Interesting. Do make the booking through HAL directly, or use a TA?
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