Plan B for A/A flights coming up.

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  1. curiousgeorge

    curiousgeorge Silver Member

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    Hi,
    I'm looking for advice a.
    We are booked on A/A for the beginning of Nov to Mia for a cruise.
    Should I make contingent plans and if so what possibilities are out there.
    Thanks in advance.
    Geo
     
  2. DestinationDavid
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    If you absolutely need to be somewhere, it's never a bad idea to have another option. Maybe book a fully refundable fare on another airline that you can cancel once you know your flights are fine. Travel insurance is another option.
     
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  3. servo

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    Depending on where you're coming from, there might be super cheap deals to MCO, SFB, TPA, FLL, or MIA. I agree with David on purchasing a fully refundable fare as a backup, or possibly consider a wanna get away fare on WN to FLL and take the Tri Rail to Miami, if you absolutely need it, or get it returned as a credit to use on a future WN flight if you don't want to tie up the expense of a fully refundable fare on a card.
     
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  4. curiousgeorge

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    Great idea for the wanna gettaway...we have never been on wn.....if we don't use them do you know how long we have to use them?
    Geo
     
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    1 year from the date of issue - I know a lot of people dislike WN, but they're just too darn convenient domestically for me to ignore completely. If they fly to another destination that you are considering visiting in the next 12 months, then it's not a terrible deal as a backup plan.
     
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  6. curiousgeorge

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    Thanks for your help,I really do appreciate it!
    Geo
     
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  7. Mike Reed

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    Are you already set to arrive the day before the cruise? Knowing what kind of padding you already have would help.
     
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    This is key. We never arrive at the departure port on the same day the ship leaves. Too many things can go wrong. It is very cheap insurance to get there the day before.

    For European trips we will normally arrive 2 days before just to be on the safe side. Helps in the case of lost luggage etc.
     
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    Having two free days to wander a European city isn't bad either. ;)
     
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    Even if the port is fairly close driving distance like Galveston is for us we always go down at least a day early. You have a lot more options if you leave early for your cruise.
     
  11. curiousgeorge

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    Hi,
    All of you are correct about getting in day b4 but I graduated from the school of hard knocks so,no we weren't but I think that will be for part of plan B!
     
  12. gamecock

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    The way things are going right now I am booking my flights on another carrier. I don't want to deal with AA pilot nonsense

    Tomorrow I will be flying to AUS on UA (EWR-AUS) rather than on AA (JFK-AUS).

    In October I need to be in CLT and , so rather than fly LGA-CLT on AA I will be flying on US. (What the heck, the miles may all become one in the near future anyway.:rolleyes: )
     
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    Plus a day or two on the back end to "rest up" and prepare for the long flight home. ;)
     
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    I really feel for all you folks who have travel "soon" who have been/can potentially be affected by these shenanigans. I just completed my last scheduled trip on AA this year (RT to NRT) a couple weeks ago just as these childish games started.
     
  15. Mike Reed

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    I've got flights on Sunday and Friday of next week. Should be interesting... but I've got several different connection options so I feel pretty safe:

    AUS-DFW-SJC/SFO
    AUS-LAX-SJC/SFO
    AUS-ORD-SJC/SFO
    Worst case: AUS-JFK/LGA?-SJC/SFO
     
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    Good luck. I don't envy you.
     
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    To be clear, the trip is AUS to the Bay Area. The listed trips are all the different option on how to get there if Bad Things Happen (tm).
     
  18. curiousgeorge

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    Hi,
    Just an update for the interested.....Deal is done....two wanna get aways nonstop to and from fll.
    Next up is to get to port of mia....I'll check the cruise boards for suggestions and ideas.
    Thanks everyone
    Geo
     
  19. servo

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    Cheapest way as I mentioned is to take the Tri-Rail train towards MIA, then switch to Metro Rail, but it's a 2 hour venture: Google Maps of the route

    The alternative is to take a direct shuttle, but it's $20-25 or more per person each way. It's not exactly convenient, but that's why they call it a back up plan, right?
     
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    Looking at sas shuttle for 15 bucks p/p each way.
     

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