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19 hours ago, victory2020 said:

I just put a deposit on a cruise for this September with air, & in the reservation it indicates that the air will be LA to Rome going & Rome to Toronto, Toronto to LA returning. I really like the air itinerary but can it change before final payment?

Don't trust anything with your flights until after final payment date, and until it is in your edocs. Once it's in your edocs you'll have the record locator number and can work with the airlines for seat assignments or upgrades. But whatever is showing now before that point is just a place holder.

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7 hours ago, Sailing12Away said:

Don't trust anything with your flights until after final payment date, and until it is in your edocs. Once it's in your edocs you'll have the record locator number and can work with the airlines for seat assignments or upgrades. But whatever is showing now before that point is just a place holder.

OK, thanks. Hope nothing changes, the itinerary is too good to be true.

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If you're flying out of a major airport (LAX in your case, JFK in mine), you're most likely going to get a decent flight as the options are huge. Folks trying to fly from lesser known places or non-international airports will not be as lucky.

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23 hours ago, Sailing12Away said:

If you're flying out of a major airport (LAX in your case, JFK in mine), you're most likely going to get a decent flight as the options are huge. Folks trying to fly from lesser known places or non-international airports will not be as lucky.

Random question, if you select a certain airport when booking the cruise, will NCL move you to a different one? We chose Dulles because it's nearer our house but was also cheaper than BWI or DCA. I wonder if NCL will switch airports on us? BWI is a long way and if we had an early flight (ie before 8 am) that would be an unhappy morning, LOL!

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1 hour ago, DCGuy64 said:

BWI is a long way and if we had an early flight (ie before 8 am) that would be an unhappy morning, LOL!

Trinity Reservations can provide reasonably priced stay and park accommodations at BWI.  Drive up the night before, get a good night's rest and then drive home afterwards.  No sales tax with them as well.

I doubt that NCL would switch you up though.

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1 minute ago, SNJCruisers said:

Trinity Reservations can provide reasonably priced stay and park accommodations at BWI.  Drive up the night before, get a good night's rest and then drive home afterwards.  No sales tax with them as well.

I doubt that NCL would switch you up though.

Thanks for the tip. The one time my wife and I used BWI was when flying early morning to Hawai'i. We stayed at a local hotel the night before and it was quite nice. Anyway, as you say, they're not likely to switch us.

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Do a mock booking for the airports in your area. Sometimes driving a bit out of the way will make it easier to have a direct flight rather than layovers and be worth it in the end. If there's no difference or your preferred place is better - they won't switch you. I've never had them switch me, but it doesn't mean they wouldn't do it if they had to.

 

JFK vs LGA I'm fine with, but if they tried to send me to Newark because it was cheaper I would be pissed.

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28 minutes ago, Sailing12Away said:

Do a mock booking for the airports in your area. Sometimes driving a bit out of the way will make it easier to have a direct flight rather than layovers and be worth it in the end. If there's no difference or your preferred place is better - they won't switch you. I've never had them switch me, but it doesn't mean they wouldn't do it if they had to.

 

JFK vs LGA I'm fine with, but if they tried to send me to Newark because it was cheaper I would be pissed.

Thanks, that’s a good idea. I’ve actually done that and seen that the prices are just about the same, it depends on the level of service. For instance, Spirit airlines goes out of BWI and is relatively cheap but it’s totally no-frills. We have a credit card that gives us free checked bags on American, so we will make sure to pay for our cruise with that card in case they book us on American. 

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Looking at a NCL offer (second person flies "free") for a flight to Cape Town, South Africa.  People say that you can maybe pay the airline to "upgrade" your seats.  I assume that NCL will book you into the lowest priced seat (middle seats in a row of 4) for a potential 26 hour flight with 2 stops.  Anyway, since I have received very low priced seats, exactly how can the airline determine how much it cost me to upgrade?  Is it the difference in price on the day I do it, or difference on the day NCL bought it?  How likely is it I could actually upgrade to business class?

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1 hour ago, teacherman said:

Looking at a NCL offer (second person flies "free") for a flight to Cape Town, South Africa.  People say that you can maybe pay the airline to "upgrade" your seats.  I assume that NCL will book you into the lowest priced seat (middle seats in a row of 4) for a potential 26 hour flight with 2 stops.  Anyway, since I have received very low priced seats, exactly how can the airline determine how much it cost me to upgrade?  Is it the difference in price on the day I do it, or difference on the day NCL bought it?  How likely is it I could actually upgrade to business class?

 

It's been a few years since I worked with air fare, but most likely the airline would process it in the following way.  Since I'm math stupid, I'm making this easy. 

 

Let's say the retail flight costs $100; and the business seat costs $250.  NCL only paid $80.  IF the air can be upgraded, the airline would baseline your ticket at $100 and make you pay the difference between the two retail price points.  In this case, you'd pay $150 out of pocket.

 

I say "IF" because some fare basis codes are set up so they are not even considered.  With the 2-for-1 Air Special, NCL might be using these types of fares.  It's really hard to say.  

 

We paid $899 for two of us to fly to Athens.  I hope we can upgrade to business because that is a LONG way from Orlando.

 

-Randall-

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2 hours ago, teacherman said:

Looking at a NCL offer (second person flies "free") for a flight to Cape Town, South Africa.  People say that you can maybe pay the airline to "upgrade" your seats.  I assume that NCL will book you into the lowest priced seat (middle seats in a row of 4) for a potential 26 hour flight with 2 stops.  Anyway, since I have received very low priced seats, exactly how can the airline determine how much it cost me to upgrade?  Is it the difference in price on the day I do it, or difference on the day NCL bought it?  How likely is it I could actually upgrade to business class?

For simple sake, if you buy a coach ticket yourself and want to upgrade to comfort plus, it's $50 (for example, I'm making this up) per person per leg. If NCL buys your coach ticket, the cost is still $50 per person per leg. No difference. I've done this with AA and Alaska Air, I imagine it would be the same on Delta or other major carriers.

 

Most airlines let you make this upgrade yourself on their website with no issue, no fuss. To go into business class you may need to call the airline directly - you usually can't upgrade that much online (across multiple cabin classes), but I would imagine it's the same theory. Your seat is worth $xxx whether you paid it or NCL paid it.

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3 hours ago, DCGuy64 said:

We have a credit card that gives us free checked bags on American, so we will make sure to pay for our cruise with that card in case they book us on American. 

You need to buy those tickets directly in order to get the free checked bags.  If done through a third party, American doesn't give you the free bags.

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20 minutes ago, SNJCruisers said:

You need to buy those tickets directly in order to get the free checked bags.  If done through a third party, American doesn't give you the free bags.

Thanks. We’ll just pay out of pocket then. No biggie. 

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4 hours ago, Sailing12Away said:

Uggg, unless it's a short 45 min flight that I paid $25 or less for, I would avoid Spirit at all costs. You get what you pay for. I don't think NCL would ever use them. 

I’ve heard that many a time about Spirit. To be fair, my only experience with them was pretty good: I flew to Puerto Rico in 2004 just after singing for the Reagan funeral and it was cheap, I upgraded to First Class for something like $30 each way and got free drinks + a spacious leather seat. 

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