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Refundable airline ticket, or last minute purchase for uncertain date?

My dad was diagnosed with cancer in February. He lives in a different state. On a recent visit to see him, he suggested that my husband and I buy refundable airline tickets in case my dad's condition gets unexpectedly worse and I need to travel to see him on short notice. He thinks that this might be cheaper for me than having to buy tickets on very short notice. My impression is that nonrefundable tickets are fairly expensive, and I'm not sure if I can buy one that's open-ended enough for that purpose (my dad's prognosis is 1-3 years). I'm wondering if I should just wait and either 1) look for last-minute travel on Hotwire/Expedia/whatever or 2) accept being gouged for last-minute airline tickets. I'd appreciate any advice on what the best option is here, especially if there are some that I'm not thinking of right now.
posted by SockISalmon on Mar 25, 2014 - 17 answers

 

Flying out of Philadelphia Tomorrow

Flight out of Philadelphia tomorrow evening. Looks like it will be canceled. Help me get my boyfriend out of the city and not waste a visit we both really, really need and have been planning for months. [more inside]
posted by obviousresistance on Feb 12, 2014 - 10 answers

maybe I shouldn't have had that goodbye pisco sour quite yet.

Delta sent me an email an hour ago informing me that my 2am flight from lima to Atlanta is now a 11am flight tomorrow. Questions about what I can ask as compensation. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Jan 29, 2014 - 10 answers

But there's a whole empty plane here!

So, a general question based on an anecdote. Yesterday we were supposed to fly from Tampa to Chicago Midway. Because Midway was crazy, we left really late and eventually got diverted to Memphis. A few hours later, our flight was cancelled due to a (fixable, but not at midnight) mechanical problem, and now Southwest has to figure out how to get 143 people to Chicago. So...why not just put them on that same airplane tomorrow when it's fixed? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles on Jan 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Where to Find In-Flight Almonds (Besides In-Flight)?

I lubs lubs lubs almonds. I'm looking for a brand or line of almonds which best approximate in-flight almonds (if in-flight almonds still exist). Smoky, salted, but with that extra bit of zip somehow, without being all gunky. [more inside]
posted by Capt. Renault on Sep 25, 2013 - 10 answers

Advice for a frequent flyer newb?

After not travelling much for most of my life, I've been on a quite a few flights in the past year, and plan on flying more in the future, domestic and international. I've just been using Orbitz, etc, to book flights, but are there better ways to do it if you're flying often? Should I focus on one carrier? How do frequent flyer miles work and how can I best take advantage of them? Is there a good resource for figuring all this stuff out? [more inside]
posted by empath on Jul 10, 2013 - 16 answers

Pick one: Delta vs. United vs. American Airlines

Due to a new job, my wife and my family will be making regular trips from Boston to northern Michigan. The closest airport to her new job is Traverse City (TVC). It looks like there are three major airlines that do this route, and usually with a stop either in Detroit or Chicago (Delta, United, American Airlines). [more inside]
posted by yet.another.boston.question on Jul 1, 2013 - 31 answers

Sydney to LA/Chicago with a layover in... China or Korea?

Why do all (or at least, the vast majority) of flights between Sydney and the U.S. this July/August have layovers in China or Korea? How can I best go about finding a budget ticket that takes a more direct route? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Jan 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Now? Do we buy the tickets now?!

We are going to Prague/Budapest in mid-to-late March. When should we buy tickets? (Now? Is it now?) And what's your favorite secret special travel site or best airline recommendation? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Dec 4, 2012 - 7 answers

How do they decide which peons in economy to pack in first?

How exactly does American Airlines assign its boarding groups 2-4? Is it just totally random? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Nov 25, 2012 - 11 answers

Can I take the midnight train going anywhere?

Last minute trip: do airlines offer last-minute "leaves today" flights at rock-bottom rates to fill empty seats? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Nov 15, 2012 - 13 answers

WhiteTrash Airlines: fly the friendly sky!

I'm trying to find an old radio short called "White Trash Airlines" that I heard online in the early 90's. It was a parody of a United commercial and had the "Fly the friendly skies" tagline in it but I don't know where it came from or who made it. It was, however, very funny if you like hillbilly jokes. YMMV. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Nov 1, 2012 - 2 answers

Frequent flyer miles . . . you need lots of money, too?

Are big-time charges now routine when redeeming frequent flyer miles for overseas flights? [more inside]
posted by Elsie on Oct 23, 2012 - 15 answers

How to investigate an airline/airport go around?

How can I learn what caused an apparent aborted landing and go-around at DFW airport today? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Sep 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Can this ring be recovered?

How to reach United Airlines, re: jewelry lost on plane, they said they found it but email returned as undeliverable. Details to follow [more inside]
posted by misspat on Jul 21, 2012 - 7 answers

How fast can i get between domestic arrivals and international departures in the bangkok airport?

For those familiar with the Bangkok airport: On Wednesday morning, my flight from Koh Samui will land at 7:05 a.m. , and my flight from Bangkok to Taipei will take off at 8:25a.m. I'll have carry-on luggage only, and a Canadian passport. Will I have time to get from domestic arrivals to international departures in time to check in, get thru security and get on my Taipei flight? (They are two separate tickets.) Alternatively, will it be relatively easy to get on the later flight to Taipei if I miss the first? Its on China Airlines, I have no familiarity with their policies. [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Jun 17, 2012 - 10 answers

How much time do pilots actually spend actually spend piloting?

How much time do commercial pilots actually spend flying planes by hand these days? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish on Jun 13, 2012 - 13 answers

How do I find contact information for airline station managers?

How do I find contact information - names, phones, faxes, emails - for airline personnel at specific airports? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Jan 27, 2012 - 5 answers

More arrivals or departures?

Are there more arriving or departing flights in the United States? Bonus: previous years, other countries, domestic vs. international, etc.
posted by michaelh on Dec 12, 2011 - 16 answers

Help me a better flier!

I'm planning to do a decent amount of flying in the next year, including a 15-hour flight. I'm looking for some advice on how to make the trips as comfortable as possible, and how to mitigate jet lag as much as possible. Oh - I can't read in moving vehicles, and I tend to get fidgety on planes. Help! [more inside]
posted by gchucky on Nov 29, 2011 - 25 answers

All airline departures from and to two airports?

I am looking for a website that gives me all possible airlines departing from one airport in the world to another. Whether they are low cost, charter or standard carrier. I can put 'flights from and to' in Google and it will bring a list up (nice) or go to the Airport wikipedia page (again nice) but I know they miss some things. Is there such a site? [more inside]
posted by terminus on Oct 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me figure out what to do with AA miles

What do I do with 15,000 American Airlines miles? I have 120,000 British Airways miles - and the two airlines are part of the same network - but I don't think you can transfer miles between the two. I don't want to waste the 15,000 miles when they expire next year, but I don't see how I can use them. I am not interested in using credit cards or travel to build the account up to the magic 25k mark. Any ideas what I can do with the miles?
posted by Yunani on Sep 10, 2011 - 12 answers

Getting rewards out of academic travel?

I am a grad student in the early years of my PhD program. I am just starting to travel for conferences this year, and I anticipate no fewer than 4-5 trips a year in the future, and even more once I hit the job market. I want to start accruing rewards points/frequent flyer miles, whatever. What credit card or rewards program do I want? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti on Sep 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Flying Through a Hurricane

We're supposed to fly from JFK to MCO on Sunday evening. Except now there is a hurricane. What's our best course of action? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Aug 23, 2011 - 14 answers

Airline tickets through the roof

Did US airfares just skyrocket in the past couple of days for some reason? Details follow... [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Jun 9, 2011 - 14 answers

Gol Airlines cheated me out of about $620.

Gol Linhas AĆ©reas, a Brazilian airline, cheated me out of about $620. Full story inside. Please help me get my money back. [more inside]
posted by sleevener on May 4, 2011 - 15 answers

how do I fight an airline service charge?

How do I fight this absurd airline service charge? [more inside]
posted by thenormshow on Apr 4, 2011 - 21 answers

Please help me figure out how to get my dog to Brazil as painlessly as possible.

I am thrilled we are moving back to Brazil, but this time I am taking my beloved dog. I am looking for experiences about moving internationally with a pet. [more inside]
posted by msali on Mar 2, 2011 - 11 answers

An interest in aviation?

Help me get interested in and keep up-to-date on aviation! [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Jan 20, 2011 - 11 answers

Correct strategy to deal with unexpected Expedia itinerary change

We booked a return international trip from city A to city C on Expedia (.au site). A subsequent email informed us it was ticketed as two separate tickets (due to incompatible airlines): city A -> city B, city B -> city C. Later, the B->C airline "changed" its flights by many hours, making the itinerary impossible to complete (by creating impossible connections). Expedia offers to arrange a refund only of the B->C connection. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by hAndrew on Jan 13, 2011 - 22 answers

Boarding Pass Puzzle

What are the numbers that the TSA agents hand write on boarding passes during the ID check at the airport? [more inside]
posted by meindee on Nov 18, 2010 - 15 answers

Need 1100 miles on American Airlines to reach Gold.

Need 1100 miles on American Airlines to reach Gold. What is the most efficient way to do this? [more inside]
posted by monkeybutt on Nov 5, 2010 - 13 answers

I want to fly abroad and don't care where. How to find the cheapest tickets?

I want to take the cheapest possible international flights, and I don't care where I'm going. Where best to find tickets for whatever routes happen to be the least expensive at the moment? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall on Aug 26, 2010 - 12 answers

Baggage fees on airlines to London

Which airline flying to Heathrow London has the best extra baggage and heavy baggage prices? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi on Aug 25, 2010 - 3 answers

Frequent Flier, Forever Useless

I have a specific question regarding airline frequent flier miles. When an airline changes alliances (ex: from SkyTeam to Star Alliance), how do they manage your miles? Is there such thing as a one time one shot transfer? [more inside]
posted by peachtree on Jul 14, 2010 - 3 answers

Frequent Flier Sign In

Why do (some) airlines make me sign in with the Frequent Flier number rather than an e-mail address or username? Does this have to do with their systems or something to do with marketing?
posted by sandmanwv on Jul 14, 2010 - 6 answers

Ticket for one to Kathmandu, Moscow, or Cape Town... please!

Desperately need a new awesome fly-somewhere-cheap monitor website. [more inside]
posted by letahl on Jul 8, 2010 - 4 answers

Cheapest way from SE Asia to Canada?!

Cheap-flight filter: SE Asia to Vancouver? Any suggestions for carriers or cheap flight websites? [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese on Jun 29, 2010 - 4 answers

Where can I get plain tickets cheapest?

Where can I get plain tickets cheapest? Specifically, round trip from Memphis, TN to San Diego, CA. [more inside]
posted by mdpatrick on May 8, 2010 - 6 answers

Airport specific flight schedules?

I looking for a way to find all the commercial airline flights in or out of a specific airport in the US, regardless of where they are flying from or to. [more inside]
posted by cosmac on Apr 6, 2010 - 9 answers

Low-cost Joburg

Which low-cost airline has the best fares from Bangkok to Johannesburg around Late June / early July? [more inside]
posted by simplesharps on Mar 8, 2010 - 7 answers

How to maximize my chances of getting an upgrade on an international flight

How can I optimize my chances of earning upgrades on upcoming international flights? Please help me avoid flying all the way from the East Coast of the US to Asia in coach! [more inside]
posted by fancypants on Dec 30, 2009 - 12 answers

You! You with the shifty eyes, step out of the line!

My brother gets security grief when he flies. Is there a solution? [more inside]
posted by Fortnight Bender on Dec 18, 2009 - 13 answers

Flying With A Canadian Ham to China

Can I bring a leg of ham though Hong Kong customs from Canada? [more inside]
posted by mushroom_tattoo on Sep 27, 2009 - 4 answers

Time to gut airline pricing.

Arline prices: a specific question (Italy, late September, how to minimize cost?). And a general (airline econ 101). [more inside]
posted by paultopia on Jul 1, 2009 - 6 answers

BER --> NYC Any Which Way

Please help me find the cheapest way to return to New York from Europe. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Jun 29, 2009 - 14 answers

Risks of Back-to-Back Ticketing on Airlines?

AirlineFilter: How risky is it to do back to back ticketing? Is there any other way I can reasonably get from VIE-CCS-JFK? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Jun 2, 2009 - 7 answers

Radio Free Southwest

Two part radio scanner question. Part one, Looking for a radio scanner that can receive at least police and commercial airlines. Part two, if and when I get one that picks up airline frequencies would I be able to use it during a flight (when any other electronic device is allowed)?
posted by tropikal on May 7, 2009 - 10 answers

Help me get the cheapest flights to New York from Australia

TravelFilter: Will the current cheap flights between Australia and New York remain into 2010? And what times of the year are considered off-peak travel to NYC? [more inside]
posted by crossoverman on Apr 28, 2009 - 3 answers

Hippest Woman in Seattle

Help me fly to Belgium for surgery next month: [more inside]
posted by tejolote on Mar 23, 2009 - 8 answers

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