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  1. Yes, the airline will refund to who paid for the ticket. We had a business class flight cancelled and had to take a flight the next day in econ. The difference was refunded to Celebrity. It took about 3 months for the refund to be credited from Flights by Celebrity back to our credit card.
  2. Do all the Edge class have the beautiful walking track? That and the 4 MDRs are what we enjoyed the most on Edge. However we did notice that the bars especially the Martini Bar were crowded and that was on one of the early cruises after covid with only 1/3 passengers. I guess we will go on whichever ship is sailing where we want to go :0
  3. Virgin will not have the white table cloth except in one restaurant. And thought that the service was good but very casual. It does not match going back to traditional style cruising. Only one ship in the Caribbean and often doing shorter cruises. Op might try some of the premium lines when they sail in the Caribbean like Oceania or Seabourn. The cruisers skew younger in the Caribbean. But really don't think you can find the traditional experience any more.
  4. Ok, I am replying to mayself 🙂 I think I caught a good flight on Icelandair. BOS OSL for $500/person in Economy Standard (yep in the back). And got DFW to BOS for 8.5k miles/person. I booked it; just got concerned that prices/awards would go up on me. Will use those incoming miles later. Thanks for advice from everyone.
  5. More info about the cheap one way connection Oslo from London. Is that on SAS? Looks like I may not have my 75000 reward until June. So do I book something now and save the miles for later?? I need to be in Oslo before my RTW starts at 1pm Aug 27. Don't want to miss that first leg.
  6. Yes, I am about 2 months from getting my AA miles on the Citi AAdvantage card. The option of using them on FinnAir looks pretty good. Love seeing all the options everyone is posting.
  7. Ticket is purchased. AA RTW was great; got flights that did not show in the OneWorld tool. Got the flights that Gardyloo recommended. All in for less than 12,000 business class for 2. I be back bugging everyone for recommendations for dfw to osl in Aug. 🙂
  8. Planning on using the same combination of Chase Sapphire and GeoBlue Trekker, when should we buy the GeoBlue Trekker policy? We already have a deposit on the cruise and will buy airfare soon but the trip starts in Aug of this year. Also if your US medical insurance provider changes during the travel period does it affect the GeoBlue Trekker policy in anyway. One of us may go from a private policy to Medicare during the time. Thanks to Steve and all the other great poster for being a great resource.
  9. Points well taken and will be pursued when I call in to AA. Have been caught up in the credit card stuff. The Citi AAdvantage was approved but needed to see the terms and conditions in writing. Took over a week to arrive in snail mail. No mention of miles bonus. Called and they will now send that seperately via snail mail. FYI (many may know this already) the new cards typically come with a fairly low limit about 13500. So purchasing the RTW tickets may be difficult. Then I pursued the Sapphire Preferred card thinking I would get that bonus on a card with a higher credit limit. We have a sapphire card (very old and nice high limit) which I am the authorized user on per the first call to Chase. Applied for Preferred and was denied. Called the reconsideration line and told I was denied because I am a Secondary card holder not the same as authorized card holder. No way to drop off the sapphire card, would have to cancel that card totally, reapply which would possibly lower our credit limit, take 30 days, etc. Tooooo much hassle. So getting close to resolving cc issues, to start the RTW ticket purchase. So we will stay with our current cards plus the new Citi AAdvantage for the bonus miles. More later.
  10. Yes, we will be allowing a full day for travel time that include the time traveling and the hotel check in/out. Only 2 full days in each city with have to suffice.
  11. Yes, you are correct about Toledo, Segovia and El Escoral. We did all 3 many years ago on a road trip around Europe - 18 castles, 17 churches in 21 days.... It was fantastic and got us hooked. Would visit again if there is time.
  12. Time, Finances, and Resources Time - we have two weeks (one of us is still employed with limited vacation time) to spend on the Europe sections. Either Aug 24 to Sep 8 or the start Aug 31. Note the Aug 24 to Aug 27 part is on our nickel to get to Oslo. Finances - still employed. Fairly low priority to save bucks. The great ideas of using cheaper econ flights will matter in 2 years. HA! Resources - We are slowing down. Like to spend 4 to 6 hours touring then a nice meal. A few days can be longer. So maybe we change the order of our itinarary? Right now we plan to have two day in Oslo, two day in Prague, train to Vienna, 2 days in Vienna, train to Budapest, 2 days in Budapest, fly to Madrid, two days in Madrid. Ideas to improve?
  13. Check out the Cruise Air board. There is some interesting discussions over there. You might want to look at a Round The World ticket. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/77-cruise-air/ And do look at the Celebrity pricing as well. We have found good international rates. But remember that Celebrity will be in the loop if there are changes or refunds after ticketing. That was an issue for us. We booked the air about 1 year out, then when we flew there was an delay that caused a downgrade in the ticket and a refund. The airline refunded the payer of the ticket i.e. Celebrity. It look month to get Celebrity to issue us the refund. Still would use them for significant savings.
  14. OK, I will call AA this coming week. But before maybe I can have a bit more knowledge? How do you get seat assignment in business class (how to easily check seat configuration)? Here is the RTW Segments of note: osl prg 27/aug/2024 BA763/BA860 BUD MAD 05/sept/2024 ID32914 MAD DFW 08/sept/2024 IB6149 (AA only shows econ) three US trips dfw tyo 22/feb/2025 JL 11 TYO SIN 26/feb/205 JL35 HKF OSL 16/Mar/2025 AY100/AY911 Any ideas of options? Thanks.
  15. You may want to look again at Gardyloo's advice. At first the RTW or Circle tickets look complicated, put a little work and practice yielded great options. I spent a few hours seeing how the RTW ticket works and now I am a believer!
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