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Since I usually book my flights many months in advance, I’ve gotten in the habit of “baby-sitting” our reservations to make sure our times and seats haven’t changed. Just a few weeks ago, I reviewed our spring break flights, and everything appeared in order. I was excited to see many empty seats on the flight. I was crossing my fingers that the flight would stay fairly empty, even though my family is taking other precautions to ward off Covid-19 on our trip.
Well, my celebration was short-lived. Last weekend, I received emails from two airlines about upcoming trips with flight changes that aren’t favorable to me.
The first email I received was about our spring break trip to Florida. Apparently, American Airlines also noticed that there were a lot of empty seats, and our flight was canceled. They moved us to a later flight that is now 100% full. We now have to rearrange our transportation to the dock and our private water shuttle to the island. We’re losing 1/2 a day of our vacation, which I guess isn’t a huge deal, but just a bit of a hassle.
Just hours after that first email, I received an email from Sun Country about our summer trip to Mexico. Again, the airline canceled both of our flights. Our flight to Cancun now leaves at 6:00 a.m. That means we will need to wake up at 3:00 a.m. I’m dreading it! We will all feel like zombies on our first day. Our return flight is now earlier in the day, which makes us lose a 1/2 day at the resort.
If we don’t like the flight changes, we can either:
- Work with the airlines on other flight dates and times
- Cancel our flights for a refund (for Sun Country, this only works if the changes are more than 6 hours)
We booked our AA flights using BA Avios, so we could cancel and get our miles refunded. However, AA is the only airline that flies direct to our destination. So, we will deal with the changes.
Our flights to Cancun on Sun Country haven’t changed more than 6 hours, so we’re stuck with them. Of course, I’m not even sure if we will end up going to Mexico because of the required quarantine and just the state of the pandemic in general. Unfortunately, these flights were originally scheduled for 2020, and we were able to move them to 2021. I’m doubtful that Sun Country will let us postpone them again.
My point in writing this isn’t just to complain about my flight changes (although writing about it is somewhat cathartic). I want to remind you to continue to babysit your flight reservations to watch for schedule changes and seat changes. The earlier you catch the seat changes, the better chance you have to rearrange and get your family seated together.
I also want to warn you that your flights might not be as empty as you think due to airlines continuing to cancel low-selling flights. It makes sense from a profitability standpoint, but full flights are definitely not what we all prefer right now.
Are you seeing the same things happening on your upcoming flights?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.