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Re: CELTIC Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #250509
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Just booked our return flight--BA LGW to Tampa then AA to CLT and on to TUL with AA anytime miles. The taxes are high on flights involving BA, but still way cheaper than buying a ticket. The business class flights for June 4 just loaded today, Leslie, so I would wait a few days before looking again.

Re: CELTIC Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #250512
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We’re just doing the first segment, to Dublin.

With a week in the Lake District I’m looking at flying home from Manchester around 5/30. The BA options involve 3 stops, like MAN-LHR -JFK-DFW-ABQ. but AA flies WITH 2 stops, MAN-PHL-DFW-ABQ, so that’s what we will probably do with the Anytime miles. Taxes are still high, around $275 pp, even though there are no BA flights and no Heathrow. Not sure why.


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Re: CELTIC Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: RachelG] #250515
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Originally Posted by RachelG
Just booked our return flight--BA LGW to Tampa then AA to CLT and on to TUL with AA anytime miles. The taxes are high on flights involving BA, but still way cheaper than buying a ticket. The business class flights for June 4 just loaded today, Leslie, so I would wait a few days before looking again.


I think those high taxes are because we are booking one way return flights from EU; if you book round trip ticket there are not the high fees. As UK will be out of EU by time of your return, would hope that you can get those taxes back. We are flying home from continent so no such hope for us.

Marc


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Re: CELTIC Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #250579
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Got our return flight. VA from LHR to LAX for 75k miles plus £407 per ticket. Not too bad. Have my first flight on VA next month to London so we will see. Can’t be worse than BA biz class cabin. I might, of course, regret not booking Ethiopian Airways 🤔
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Re: CELTIC Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #250586
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We booked AA using 110,000 anytime miles plus $300.11 per person non-stop LHR to LAX.....seems high to me compared to beloved Ethiopian Air. grin


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Re: CELTIC Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: petlover] #250765
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Finally made our return flights; we are flying 5 July Virgin Atlantic LHR - LAX and then DL LAX - AUS; was able to get it for 75K per person upper class. Although not available on frequent flyer tickets, I was entertained by Virgin's Limobike transfers to Heathrow.

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Re: CELTIC Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #250769
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Marc, I hope you don't mean July 5th ???

I'm so happy we'll get to see many on the B2B and the Dublin to London leg but we'll miss those that are doing the AMS to DUB leg only. After touring Ireland for a week, we will be overnighting in Dublin May 22nd (the night before we board) but I'm afraid they won't let us on the ship early enough to see those disembarking ??


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Re: CELTIC Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: petlover] #250772
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Originally Posted by petlover
Marc, I hope you don't mean July 5th ???




Yes, we are spending a month driving around England and Scotland.

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Re: CELTIC Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #250776
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I have been considering various options for our return. After we disembark in Dublin on Thursday and spend a day there, I think we will go to Edinburgh for a few days and return home on Memorial Day. The fees are so high using FF miles on either Virgin Atlantic, BA, Delta, etc. It's over $1000 total in fees (~$500 pp), plus the value of all the FF miles. So, I think we will just save the miles and spend about $1400-$1500 total to buy seats in Norwegian Airlines' premium cabin. If you book on the Norwegian version of the website instead of the U.S. version, the cost is lower. We'll book a flight from London to LAX. Which means we need to get ourselves from Edinburgh to London, and from LAX home. Those flights are cheap, though.

We're saving our miles for ... drum roll...
Regent Seven Seas Explorer, Jan 7-21, 2021 - Sydney to Auckland
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Re: CELTIC Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #250777
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Kim, we took the train from London to Edinburgh a few years ago and found that to be much more pleasant than the RyanAir- type airport circus. Last year we took a train from London to Liverpool and discovered that Richard Branson now owns trains. The train we took was very nice, white tablecloths and private waiting rooms at both stations.
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Re: CELTIC Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #250778
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Kim, we’ll join your happy dance! 😄 We are booked on Sydney to Auckland too.

Agree with Helen, the train is the way to go in England.


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Re: CELTIC Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #250785
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Helen, Sheila-
I had thought about the train and looked into what it would be like. There are bloggers who have written reviews on the trip with YouTube videos, so I knew about the Virgin Trains. But, I was thinking it would be better just to fly in order to not have to transfer to the Tube to get from the train station in London to the airport. But, I will definitely reconsider now!


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Re: CELTIC Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #250786
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Does Norwegian fly out of LGW? When we were looking at flying RT London to Glasgow it was a fraction of the cost to fly in and out of LGW instead of LHR. Of course, the first bag was over $60 so you add that in too. If you were able to fly out of Manchester I would recommend just driving between Edinburgh and Manchester; very easy drive.

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Re: CELTIC Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #250788
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Marc - Thanks for the tip about driving, Although, I'd have a lot of anxiety about driving on the other side of the road! I think I did check Manchester, but didn't find a flight. Norwegian flies out of LGW. In the premium cabin, you get 2 free checked bags, I think. But, we never check bags anyway, unless we have to for weight restrictions, which I think we did have to when we went from JFK to Oslo last year for WALRUS, but no charge in premium cabin.


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Re: CELTIC Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: seadog] #250821
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Helen, please remove us from the roll call; we decided not to take this trip.

Marc


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Re: CELTIC Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #250825
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Done, Marc. We will miss you and Arlene.
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Re: CELTIC Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #251057
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Soooo...Ethiopian airlines will not be flying non-stops from LAX to Dublin after December. Luckily I caught wind of this. Yesterday I contacted United Air (we had used UA f.f. miles) and they knew nothing about this. I persuaded them to look at the Ethiopian website as if they were trying to book our flight and see for themselves "This flight does not exist". They did and immediately put us on a United flight (still Biz Class). Unfortunately not a non-stop but a reasonable connection in ORD.

F.F. seats were not showing available but they opened 2 seats for us. Be persistent !


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Re: CELTIC Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #251059
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Lucky! Everything works out for the best. That did seem like a really peculiar route. Sorry you will miss the adventure of Ethiopian airways.
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Re: CELTIC Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #251060
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Good outcome. That is terrific Marcie!


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