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KBT35
02-08-2012, 01:08 PM
So recently I boasted about getting such a great airfare to MCO and was worried that my departure time of 12:05 was too early!!! Well that was the least of it! For whatever reason today I was compelled to just look again at the dates and to my gut wrenching dismay realized instead of counting technically 5 days for a 4 NIGHT cruise I only counted 4 DAYS!!!! :furious:
So I called Delta to see what my options are and pulled up pricing on Kayak at the same time! Delta said it would cost me $245 per ticket to move or return date back 1 day! :sad1: Yet on Kayak the fare to just rebook the flight came to $157 each roundtrip, which was actually cheaper than our original tickets!!! After 15 mins of going over and over different options I decided to cancel my original tickets, this gave me a credit of $147 to use towards future travel within a year and went ahead and rebooked us for $157 ea! I am so MAD at myself!! Uggghhhhhh!!! There goes our dolphin excursion money!! :sad1: So all in all I've now spent $594 just in airfare alone! I know many spend much more but I only live a state away from Florida and I HATE wasting money because of mistakes!!
Temper tantrum over...carry on..... :sad:

Mortlives
02-08-2012, 01:16 PM
I've done something similar, but I had entered the correct dates, but did some fooling around and only noticed months later that the departure date had somehow gotten changed to over a month early. :scared1:

My carelessness cost me $900. Hope you feel better. Look on the bright side: now you'll have to book another trip to use up those credits.

breakingd_awn
02-08-2012, 01:24 PM
I've also done something similar, I had booked our return airfare and about a month after checked all my ticket info and discovered I had actually booked our flights for that day(the day I was online!) I called southwest in tears and they were great! She said "yep , hun you missed your flight" Luckily I had booked with southwest and they just carried the credit over to the day I wanted. We weren't out any money.If it was any other airline we would have lost around $700. I love southwest:lovestruc Now I check,recheck and check again.

princessmom29
02-08-2012, 01:30 PM
Something to think about for next time:
Why are you flying at all??? Unless I had a major time crunch I wouldn't even consider flying from Birmingham to Orlando. Just overnight in Mobile. Also, I don't know how you are getting flights that cheap out of Birmingham??? I have never seen less than $400 pp out of anything in south Alabama, Mississippi, New Orleans, or even Baton Rouge.

StaciMay
02-08-2012, 01:40 PM
I just did something similar too. I have been bidding on Priceline for a hotel in Cape Canaveral for about a week, trying to see if I could get Country Inn and Suites for around $70. Well, one night I won for $65 and I was so excited. Then I realized that I hadn't entered the correct date (in April) and the hotel room was for that night (in Feb). I called them immediately and they said if I booked a room at there current rates ($99) or won the bid, that they would just charge me a $25 fee. So, I booked the room at the current rate. So the hotel room that would have only been $99 ended up being $125. Oh well, atleast I'm only out $25 for my stupid mistake.

Lesson learned... Always check and recheck dates when making reservations online!!

ruadisneyfan2
02-08-2012, 01:46 PM
So recently I boasted about getting such a great airfare to MCO and was worried that my departure time of 12:05 was too early!!! Well that was the least of it! For whatever reason today I was compelled to just look again at the dates and to my gut wrenching dismay realized instead of counting technically 5 days for a 4 NIGHT cruise I only counted 4 DAYS!!!! :furious:
So I called Delta to see what my options are and pulled up pricing on Kayak at the same time! Delta said it would cost me $245 per ticket to move or return date back 1 day! :sad1: Yet on Kayak the fare to just rebook the flight came to $157 each roundtrip, which was actually cheaper than our original tickets!!! After 15 mins of going over and over different options I decided to cancel my original tickets, this gave me a credit of $147 to use towards future travel within a year and went ahead and rebooked us for $157 ea! I am so MAD at myself!! Uggghhhhhh!!! There goes our dolphin excursion money!! :sad1: So all in all I've now spent $594 just in airfare alone! I know many spend much more but I only live a state away from Florida and I HATE wasting money because of mistakes!!
Temper tantrum over...carry on..... :sad:


I know you must be absolutely sick over it but better to find out your error now instead of later. While on a beach in Jamaica on a Carnival cruise, I ran into a receptionist from our pediatrician's office. She had just discovered that morning that they accidentally booked their flight home 1 day too early. She had to use the ship to shore phone to call home & have her niece call US Airways to quick have her flight moved. She ended up paying a ton for expensive call home, change fees & much higher fare due to being less than 14 days prior. Try to look on the bright side. :hug:

KBT35
02-08-2012, 01:49 PM
Something to think about for next time:
Why are you flying at all??? Unless I had a major time crunch I wouldn't even consider flying from Birmingham to Orlando. Just overnight in Mobile. Also, I don't know how you are getting flights that cheap out of Birmingham??? I have never seen less than $400 pp out of anything in south Alabama, Mississippi, New Orleans, or even Baton Rouge.

LOL! I'm flying because I drive for a living (sales rep, whole state of Alabama & panhandle) when I'm on vacay I'm on vacay!! From B'ham to Mobile is 4hrs, then another 4 to Orlando! And the drive home is always the worst part!! I NEVER drive to Orlando, I want to still like my son when we get there! The furthest I will drive for vacation is Pensacola, Panama City, Orange Beach, Destin....And though I drive for a living driving for long distances is not my strong suit, I'm good for 3-4hrs then I get crazy! LOL!
As for tickets, the past 3 years I have lived here I have never paid more than $247 pp to Orlando and $247 was the original price per ticket for this trip. I usually am able to grab tickets for $150-$180, traveling between B'ham-Orlando, DC, Texas, New Orleans & even Buffalo NY (Corp headquarters for my last company). I use Kayak a lot to book...and I always pay attention to Tuesday Wednesday fare sales. I haven't paid $400 pp since the late 90's and that was from Arizona to Virginia! :upsidedow

KBT35
02-08-2012, 01:54 PM
I know you must be absolutely sick over it but better to find out your error now instead of later. While on a beach in Jamaica on a Carnival cruise, I ran into a receptionist from our pediatrician's office. She had just discovered that morning that they accidentally booked their flight home 1 day too early. She had to use the ship to shore phone to call home & have her niece call US Airways to quick have her flight moved. She ended up paying a ton for expensive call home, change fees & much higher fare due to being less than 14 days prior. Try to look on the bright side. :hug:

Very true!!! I am really glad I caught it just sad that it may take an excursion away...glad I looked at fares on Kayak again too because the fare that Delta had available directly was twice as much as my original fare. They weren't showing the internet pricing so they couldn't offer it.

clten
02-08-2012, 01:56 PM
This is the one thing I am most paranoid about -- whether doing it for me or for clients. What I do after I book it, is the next day (or just several hours later so my head is clear from looking at dates/flights), print out the air itinerary. Then pull up the cruise itinerary (not just the cruise dates) and compare the two for dates. Most airlines allow you to cancel your ticket for any reason within 24 hours. So I make sure I do a double check before that 24 hours has expired; but wait until I can look at everything with fresh eyes.

It's a hard lesson to learn when you have to pay airline change fees; so I feel your frustration. But at least it wasn't too expensive and it was caught early enough that you could do something about.

RedSox68
02-08-2012, 02:04 PM
Geez -- I always thought a change ticket fee was about $50-$100. I didn't know it had gone up so much :sad2:

Mortlives
02-08-2012, 02:10 PM
Frequently, it's not just the change fee. If the flight you want to take costs more because the price has gone up or the sale is over, you're good for that, too.

MelissaE1
02-08-2012, 02:16 PM
From B'ham to Mobile is 4hrs, then another 4 to Orlando!

Four hours from Mobile to Orlando? I live on the Panhandle and it takes us about 6-1/2 -7 hours to get to Orlando. I want whatever you're driving!! :laughing:

KBT35
02-08-2012, 02:29 PM
Four hours from Mobile to Orlando? I live on the Panhandle and it takes us about 6-1/2 -7 hours to get to Orlando. I want whatever you're driving!! :laughing:

LOL! I was guesstimating as the other poster had suggested overnighting in Mobile. Like I said I NEVER drive to Orlando from B'ham it's just not worth it and totally ruins my mood!

I do have a pretty heavy foot though, but not that heavy! :rotfl:

KBT35
02-08-2012, 02:32 PM
Geez -- I always thought a change ticket fee was about $50-$100. I didn't know it had gone up so much :sad2:

Yea the fee that they had access to had more than doubled since my original booking...so I would have had to pay an additional $500 just to move the return portion back 1 day! It was cheaper to cancel and rebook online....

ruadisneyfan2
02-08-2012, 02:48 PM
Something to think about for next time:
Why are you flying at all??? Unless I had a major time crunch I wouldn't even consider flying from Birmingham to Orlando. Just overnight in Mobile. Also, I don't know how you are getting flights that cheap out of Birmingham??? I have never seen less than $400 pp out of anything in south Alabama, Mississippi, New Orleans, or even Baton Rouge.

LOL! I'm flying because I drive for a living (sales rep, whole state of Alabama & panhandle) when I'm on vacay I'm on vacay!! From B'ham to Mobile is 4hrs, then another 4 to Orlando! And the drive home is always the worst part!! I NEVER drive to Orlando, I want to still like my son when we get there! The furthest I will drive for vacation is Pensacola, Panama City, Orange Beach, Destin....And though I drive for a living driving for long distances is not my strong suit, I'm good for 3-4hrs then I get crazy! LOL!
As for tickets, the past 3 years I have lived here I have never paid more than $247 pp to Orlando and $247 was the original price per ticket for this trip. I usually am able to grab tickets for $150-$180, traveling between B'ham-Orlando, DC, Texas, New Orleans & even Buffalo NY (Corp headquarters for my last company). I use Kayak a lot to book...and I always pay attention to Tuesday Wednesday fare sales. I haven't paid $400 pp since the late 90's and that was from Arizona to Virginia! :upsidedow

OP, I don't blame you for flying. If it's longer than a 6 hr drive, we fly. With stops it would still be a LONG time in the car.

KBT35
02-08-2012, 02:54 PM
OP, I don't blame you for flying. If it's longer than a 6 hr drive, we fly. With stops it would still be a LONG time in the car.

Yea we did the drive to Orlando from Atlanta this summer with a GF and her family...IT WAS TORTURE!!!! I was stuck in the back with our boys both 8 yrs old and by hr 4 I was ready to push one or both of them from the truck! LOL!

He got more fries than I did, his milkshake has more whipcream, he has more chips in his bag, I have to peeeeee.........OMG.....No thank you!!! :lmao:

princessmom29
02-08-2012, 02:54 PM
Four hours from Mobile to Orlando? I live on the Panhandle and it takes us about 6-1/2 -7 hours to get to Orlando. I want whatever you're driving!! :laughing:
It is right at 8 hours from Mobile with no stops. I suggested the overnight in Mobile becuase I was thinking get off on Fri and drive to Mobile that night then get up Saturday morning and head for Orlando. The 8 hours from Mobile really isn't a bad drive if we get though Gainsville before about 3pm.
We travel a lot to vist family, so my 8 year old is used to several hours at atime in the car. It is 40 min one way to school/ work every morning and afternoon for us!

KBT35
02-08-2012, 03:23 PM
It is right at 8 hours from Mobile with no stops. I suggested the overnight in Mobile becuase I was thinking get off on Fri and drive to Mobile that night then get up Saturday morning and head for Orlando. The 8 hours from Mobile really isn't a bad drive if we get though Gainsville before about 3pm.
We travel a lot to vist family, so my 8 year old is used to several hours at atime in the car. It is 40 min one way to school/ work every morning and afternoon for us!

Yea maybe if I had someone splitting the drive with me....otherwise it's just not worth the exhaustion & stress. We do lots of road trips too but it's really not relaxing to me at all and would require me to take even more time off of work making the trip even more expensive. Plus my son (9) LOVES planes! There's just something about hoping on a plane that screams VACATION!!!! Probably because I drive so much for my job!

tufbuf
02-08-2012, 03:30 PM
If it makes you feel better, $594 is a good rate for flights out here on the west to MCO, pp. :)

Chilly
02-08-2012, 03:42 PM
I did a similar thing last year, I booked the wrong airport hotel and it cost me a lot to change.

Flights from the UK are at least $800 each :sad2:

sherpasmom
02-08-2012, 03:51 PM
You're not alone, I could easily do this! :headache:

I can top this, altho no money only embarrassment was involved! I booked our prestay/cruise a year out and miscalculated DD's Mardi gras break by a week! I only discovered it about a month ago and by then too late to transfer stuff around so......... she's missing a whole week of school the week before she's off a week! When he heard about this, one of her classmates said that's the BEST mistake EVER! ;) Everything's perspective ;)

I both fly and drive to Orlando from Mobile? If it's just me and DD, I defo fly and use FF to help budgetwise. I love getting dropped off at the curb and not driving again till I get back home, but that's just me? That way my vacation starts the day before with my ceremonial pre-vaca pedicure :goodvibes

KBT35
02-08-2012, 04:14 PM
You're not alone, I could easily do this! :headache:

I can top this, altho no money only embarrassment was involved! I booked our prestay/cruise a year out and miscalculated DD's Mardi gras break by a week! I only discovered it about a month ago and by then too late to transfer stuff around so......... she's missing a whole week of school the week before she's off a week! When he heard about this, one of her classmates said that's the BEST mistake EVER! ;) Everything's perspective ;)

I both fly and drive to Orlando from Mobile? If it's just me and DD, I defo fly and use FF to help budgetwise. I love getting dropped off at the curb and not driving again till I get back home, but that's just me? That way my vacation starts the day before with my ceremonial pre-vaca pedicure :goodvibes

Haha! That is the best mistake EVER! My DS will be missing school this week but his teacher said so long as he writes a paper about his experience we could make it an excused absence!
Perspective for sure....I was bummed about the money as well as the new out going portion of the flight gets us there at night and I originally wanted us to be able to enjoy the day there prior to the cruise...oh well...we will have a nice dinner somewhere and hit the pool or DTD! I'm still stoked this was just an unforseen & costly mistake!

poohfriend
02-08-2012, 04:35 PM
I rarely drive to WDW. at best it is a 9 hr and 15 minute trip (with minimal potty breaks). Certainly do-able but sometimes you just don't have the full day to get back and forth. I don't want my husband (or the rest of us) to be worn out from driving when we return home from the cruise. Flying is often not significantly quicker but it can be less stressful. (At least for our family.)

I ALWAYS fly Southwest because they offer direct flights and they do not charge bag fees. (Plus there are no fees to cancel/change flights.)

That said we are paying $340 pp for our next trip because our dates were not flexible.

OP, sorry about your date confusion. I know you'll still have a fabulous cruise and easily forget that mistake while onboard. :cutie:

princessmom29
02-08-2012, 04:57 PM
You're not alone, I could easily do this! :headache:

I can top this, altho no money only embarrassment was involved! I booked our prestay/cruise a year out and miscalculated DD's Mardi gras break by a week! I only discovered it about a month ago and by then too late to transfer stuff around so......... she's missing a whole week of school the week before she's off a week! When he heard about this, one of her classmates said that's the BEST mistake EVER! ;) Everything's perspective ;)

I both fly and drive to Orlando from Mobile? If it's just me and DD, I defo fly and use FF to help budgetwise. I love getting dropped off at the curb and not driving again till I get back home, but that's just me? That way my vacation starts the day before with my ceremonial pre-vaca pedicure :goodvibes
Is your ticker right? If so, you must be on the cruise before ours. We are cursing Feb 19, and Mardi Gras break starts the 20th for us. Do you not get the 20-24? If so she would only be missing a few days if you are really sailing on Thursday.

MinnesotaMouseketeers
02-08-2012, 05:18 PM
I triple check the dates and then call my wife over to check the dates before I hit the return/enter button. I have come close to entering the wrong dates for one of our trips; noticed it just before I booked it.

sherpasmom
02-08-2012, 05:27 PM
Is your ticker right? If so, you must be on the cruise before ours. We are cursing Feb 19, and Mardi Gras break starts the 20th for us. Do you not get the 20-24? If so she would only be missing a few days if you are really sailing on Thursday.

We're at Baylake beginning the 12th, cruising the 16-19th.... DD is off for Mardi-gras the week of the 20th...

and in my cosmos everything happens for a reason :wizard:

Happy cruising!

rosermama
02-08-2012, 05:32 PM
You're not alone, I could easily do this! :headache:

I can top this, altho no money only embarrassment was involved! I booked our prestay/cruise a year out and miscalculated DD's Mardi gras break by a week! I only discovered it about a month ago and by then too late to transfer stuff around so......... she's missing a whole week of school the week before she's off a week! When he heard about this, one of her classmates said that's the BEST mistake EVER! ;) Everything's perspective ;)



I did the same thing I booked my trip on the Dream about 18 months out and thought that I had planned according to the spring break here and missed it by 1 week so my DD was out of school the week before spring break.

On top of that I had told her teacher many times and in email that we were going to Disney the week before spring break, she said no problem. We even told the principal in a meeting (which I am sure he is busy so he didn't remeber) so I thought that was enough so I didn't call the attendance hot line and the school called my parents asking what we did with our kid. They told the school we kidnapped her and took her to the Bahamas.

We drive from VA to FL each year and takes about 13 hrs, yes it is stressful but it saves about $700 when you add in the plane tickets and transfers so for us that is worth it. We are leaving on Friday night at 330pm for our Sat cruise we will stay in Daytona overnight for a couple of hrs. It works for us.

rosermama
02-08-2012, 05:35 PM
I also forgot that I did the same thing with DVC last year in regards to our post cruise stay I changed it 3 times when one day I called and changed it because I thought I chose the wrong dates (which I had) then I called back cause I recalculated (wrong) and changed it back. Finally I checked my DCL reservation and had to change it one more time- thankfully they had rooms available. :rotfl2:

kovets
02-08-2012, 06:47 PM
I know this advice is too little too late, but maybe someone else can use it.

It is best to hold onto those tickets as long as possible and cancel only when you are at the end of the window to cancel.

Often times (very often when you book almost a year in advance) airlines will change the departure time or the route of your ticket.

When this happens, you can just call the airline up and ask them to cancel the ticket at no fee, or change it to the days you originallywanted. If you have already rebooked, you can change it to a flight for you next cruise :cool1: (at no cost).

Debers17
02-08-2012, 07:33 PM
If it makes you feel better, $594 is a good rate for flights out here on the west to MCO, pp. :)

You guys made me so nervous, I had to double check my flight reservation for like the 10th time :rotfl2:

I just purchased through AA's website flying coast to coast for $335.20 pp and that's including taxes. Of course that's not including checked baggage, but we will try our hardest to only bring 2 large checked baggage which would add $100 roundtrip to the total cost; still only $360.20 pp.:thumbsup2 I wonder if it has to do with the time of year you're flying too.

tufbuf
02-08-2012, 08:50 PM
You guys made me so nervous, I had to double check my flight reservation for like the 10th time :rotfl2:

I just purchased through AA's website flying coast to coast for $335.20 pp and that's including taxes. Of course that's not including checked baggage, but we will try our hardest to only bring 2 large checked baggage which would add $100 roundtrip to the total cost; still only $360.20 pp.:thumbsup2 I wonder if it has to do with the time of year you're flying too.

Nope, that's the best fare I can find flying east. If I can get a ticket for $330+, we'll be flying even more! Thats a steal! ;)

KSDisneyDad
02-08-2012, 09:59 PM
OP: This happened to me once, but my airline made me a loyal customer for life!

I went to make sure everything was in order a few days before our trip two years ago. I went onto the website and noticed to my horror that I had booked the first leg of our trip (I booked each one separately) in the wrong direction. I booked it from Orlando to Denver not Denver to Orlando. Yikes!

I went to the website and it was going to cost me over $300 to fix the problem. So I called the airline and told them my story. They were very nice and fixed it for me at no cost. Not only were there no change fees, there was no upcharge for the new airfare cost.

Although I am a "frequent" flier on the airline, I only fly about two or three times a year.

What airline?

Southwest of course!


FWIW: For our upcoming trip, I just saved $100 today by rebooking our airfare when the price fell. I will use the savings for our trip later this year!!

ALSBC91
02-08-2012, 10:13 PM
Well, at least you caught your mistake before you traveled!

As for driving from B'ham...quickest route would be through Dothan (that's a 3hr drive) then it's about 6 from Dothan to the port.

If I drove for a living, I think I'd fly too! As it is, I hate driving. So glad my DH likes to drive, I make a great navigator!

jedijill
02-08-2012, 10:20 PM
I've done it too. Tried to do online check in at POR and couldn't get it to work. Decided to call SW on my way to the California Grill for dinner. Figured out that I had booked my flight a day too early and my flight was in the air as I was talking to the SW rep!!!! She told me I had to wait until the flight landed and they "closed" the manifest....then they could rebook me for the next day (the day I was supposed to leave!). Luckily I was flying on a reward ticket so no extra charges for the last minute flight...another very loyal SW fan!!!

Jill in CO

KBT35
02-08-2012, 10:28 PM
Well, at least you caught your mistake before you traveled!

As for driving from B'ham...quickest route would be through Dothan (that's a 3hr drive) then it's about 6 from Dothan to the port.

If I drove for a living, I think I'd fly too! As it is, I hate driving. So glad my DH likes to drive, I make a great navigator!

Yea I know all the short cuts, it really is the drive home that's the worst! Last thing I'd want to do after a vacation is drive another 10hrs to get home! Plus that adds an additional 2 days just for travel. Add that to the cost of gas and it outweighs the cost of flying.

KBT35
02-08-2012, 11:03 PM
OP: This happened to me once, but my airline made me a loyal customer for life!

I went to make sure everything was in order a few days before our trip two years ago. I went onto the website and noticed to my horror that I had booked the first leg of our trip (I booked each one separately) in the wrong direction. I booked it from Orlando to Denver not Denver to Orlando. Yikes!

I went to the website and it was going to cost me over $300 to fix the problem. So I called the airline and told them my story. They were very nice and fixed it for me at no cost. Not only were there no change fees, there was no upcharge for the new airfare cost.

Although I am a "frequent" flier on the airline, I only fly about two or three times a year.

What airline?

Southwest of course!


FWIW: For our upcoming trip, I just saved $100 today by rebooking our airfare when the price fell. I will use the savings for our trip later this year!!

That's awesome!!!! I like flying SW too, it's usually always either them or Delta. I'm frequent flyers with both I fly 2-3 times a month and have never screwed up like this!!! Delta just happened to have a much better rate when I was booking...

CMJeanae
02-08-2012, 11:17 PM
That stinks but, silver lining, at least you weren't out TOO much and you realized it early! I've done the "show up at the airport only to discovery my flight left the day before" thing. Yeah, that's fun. Fortunately it was just me flying and I'm a SW girl so it worked out well. I was fully prepared to eat the cost of the ticket and pay full price for a new one and didn't but, man, that feeling in your stomach when you realize the mistake is just killer. Rant away!

KBT35
02-08-2012, 11:31 PM
That stinks but, silver lining, at least you weren't out TOO much and you realized it early! I've done the "show up at the airport only to discovery my flight left the day before" thing. Yeah, that's fun. Fortunately it was just me flying and I'm a SW girl so it worked out well. I was fully prepared to eat the cost of the ticket and pay full price for a new one and didn't but, man, that feeling in your stomach when you realize the mistake is just killer. Rant away!

LOL!!! Yea I kept making customer service repeat the amount I would have to pay to rebook through them... Kept saying uh that's double what I initially paid....she just kept saying yes ma'am I'm sorry there's nothing else I can do! I pulled up all 3 of my bank accts to see if I could even manage it right now knowing that if I hung up & called back I'd only be quoted a more expensive fare! So glad I pulled up kayak too! I reuse to even look at SW at this point for fear they may have a good rate right now! Lol!

TLSnell1981
02-09-2012, 12:39 AM
I HATE wasting money because of mistakes!!
Temper tantrum over...carry on..... :sad:

:hug:

super mike b
02-09-2012, 06:36 PM
I am so glad that I am not the only one that has done this!

lmhall2000
02-09-2012, 06:53 PM
Hugs!!

It's a tough pill to swallow, especially when budgeting is tight and you are trying to be so responsible with it! Hope something good happens to balance this out (maybe some free OBC specials :))

Debers17
02-09-2012, 06:55 PM
Nope, that's the best fare I can find flying east. If I can get a ticket for $330+, we'll be flying even more! Thats a steal! ;)

Great to know I got a good deal! We would've probably had to cancel our trip all together (or do some creative financing:laughing:) if the cost had been $500+ pp. Ouch!