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Dave 09-10-2008 08:25 AM

Got air reserved? You had best keep an eye on the flight schedules because they are fixing to change. A couple months ago the airlines said there would be fewer flights starting in October. Today they announced the impacts at my airport - Huntsville International (HSV). For us it is: Delta eliminating it's direct flights to Orlando. American cutting one of it's two daily flights to Chicago, and two of it's five daily flights to Dallas. Fewer seats. Fewer options. Higher prices.

I'm going to miss those direct flights to Orlando. That was great and took us from home to Port Canaveral in 3 hours total time.

But the bottom line - a flight you may have booked may not exist after October, and you may have been moved to a less desirable flight. Check your reservations, and check them often.

Cruise Fanatic 09-10-2008 08:48 AM

All the more reason people will have to plan to fly in the day before.

drlivingston 09-10-2008 11:45 AM

Southwest is cutting off it's non-stop flight from Birmingham to New Orleans.

Dave 09-10-2008 12:48 PM

Well, at least you have easy access to SWA. I'd love to see them at HSV, but that isn't going to happen. My friend the DC-9 pilot loves SWA. He uses them all the time to fly from his home in BNA to his flight assignments out west.

billybuzzy 09-10-2008 07:41 PM

I'm glad I don't mind traveling long distances via auto or rail-It is beginning to seem as if the heyday of low cost and convenient flights to Florida and California are going the way of the DoDo bird!


Spiritfilled 09-11-2008 03:57 AM

Wow what a mess whatever happened to simplicity

asmj 09-16-2008 09:12 AM

I had no idea schedule cuts were coming. This just happened to us. We had booked a flight on Continental (red eye). I got the confirmation and everything was great. A couple weeks later, I got an email confirmation again. I thought that was odd. I looked more closely and found the flight had changed. I immediately checked my prior confirmation thinking I had accidentally booked the wrong flight. Nope. I called Continental and they seemed as surprised as I was to find out that all of the red eye flights had been cancelled. We are now flying out 6 hours later than we had planned and arriving 7 hours later than expected (extra layover time now). Our seat reservations were also undone, so make sure you check for that as well. It's not a disaster and it certainly won't ruin the trip, but it does mess up rental car schedules as well as any plans we may have had upon arrival. It's a really good thing we are flying in two days before the cruise. If we had expected to take a red eye and boogie on over to the port, we would've missed the ship Check, check, check those reservations!!!!

Jim C. 09-16-2008 11:11 AM

Well at least that was one thing American Airlines did right for us. They changed the arrival time on our flight next summer to San Juan. It was going to get in an hour and a half latter than it was when we booked.

We had booked with miles for 3 of our tickets and when we booked we could not schedule "day before" flights because there were no FF miles seats left.
But their change of schedules would have made us arrive with no time to spare to get to the ship. They moved us to the day before flight without us having to use any more miles or pay extra. I thought that was nice of them.

Jai 09-23-2008 02:18 AM

Our flight has been changed 3 times now. We booked through on Delta to Long Beach. The last change we discovered that all flights on Saturday (our return day from cruise) to our home airport were canceled. We can't fly out until Sunday sooooo, we booked a package deal on the Queen Mary with a nights lodging and 4 tours in and around the QM! I've always wanted to see a submarine so it should be a good time.
This is our first cruise and I'm really getting excited now that the day is drawing nearer.

Can anyone fill me in on how the on board charges work?? We plan on using our debit card rather than much of a pre-authorization do they put on the card? Also, is is possible to "pre-pay"? Send extra payments to NCL for our on board account??


Branson Cruiser 09-25-2008 10:06 AM

Here's a question... we booked flights through Carnival... so if American changes/cancels flights, am I right in assuming Carnival will make the necessary adjustments to make sure we get to the port on time?

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