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My dream trip seems further and further away

When Covid 'got real' I just postponed my dream trip to the Highlands by a year, to September 2021. But now, the variants are making things scary again. The EU vetoed Air Canada's purchase of Air Transat putting our flight and/or refund in jeopardy. Today Air Transat cut three days out of our trip. This does provide us with a way to get a refund right now. But....I just want go on my trip! It's depressing to consider.

But also, of course I feel bad because it's just a vacation. Other people have way worse problems!

Sigh

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loraxe, I'm so sorry this is happening to you again. I don't think any of us thought last April that we still wouldn't be able to go to UK/Europe this year. But as you said, our travel unhappiness is minor compared to those who lost loved ones, health and/or jobs.

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Hang in there, unless a refund is what you decide is your best option! Trips are an essential part of a full life, they’re not “just a trip,” and you deserve to be able to take that dream trip, whenever it’s feasible. With vaccinations happening, however slowly, your trip is getting closer. Travel suppliers undergoing financial or legal difficulties are just another virtual bump in the road. Your trip will be so much sweeter when it does happen.

Is Air Transat cutting days of the week that they’ll be flying? How did they axe 3 days off of your itinerary?

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Right now they aren't flying at all and it looks like they are flying to Glasgow only on Tuesdays and Saturdays in September. So yeah, they moved my flight from Thursday to Saturday.

Thanks for the support!

Posted by
931 posts

Hi, loraxe,

If you decide to go for the refund, don't put it off too long. If Air Transat refuses to give you a refund, you'd need to contact your credit card company to initiate chargeback proceedings. There's a limited time window if you decide to take that route.

Since Air Transat is only flying twice a week, could you extend your holiday to take a later return flight? Unless you have work or family obligations, it seems though spending more time in Scotland would be infinitely better than spending less time in Scotland!

I hope that all is resolved for you soon.

Mike (Auchterless)

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Hi again, loraxe,

Just out of curiosity, is Air Transat an actual airline, or are they a "bucket shop" like Expedia or Priceline? If they are a bucket shop (I guess they call them "consolidators" now.), then couldn't they just book you on another airline which flies to Glasgow on a more regular basis?

Mike (Auchterless)

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No, it's an actual airline. One of the very few left in Canada.

So many moving parts to consider! But you are right, less time in Scotland, not an option! In fact the more it gets postponed, the more time I add.😊

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4357 posts

My flights to/from London/Canary Islands last October were moved 3 times on the outward leg and 7 times on the return leg due to changes in flight schedules and the U.K. government changing their Spanish travel policy. We ended up cutting over a week from the trip as we wanted to ensure we got back. Most of the changes happened whilst we were away, which was interesting! Be prepared.

No one knows what the position will be in September.

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COVID “got real” and it’s still real. You are planning a trip during a pandemic. Folks seem to think that this is all winding down, and some in the media are spinning that. But think: a year ago we all thought what the heck is going to happen with this virus? Everything was totally unknown. Now, a year later, we have vaccines that seem remarkable effective, drugs to treat COVID maybe a year or less away. So, things are looking up, right? But, we’ve got variants with uncertain response to the vaccines and higher level of contagion, problems getting vaccines into arms, some vaccines which may cause unacceptable harm, etc. This is not over and anyone planning non-essential travel needs to keep their eyes wide open. You have a chance to get a refund. Take it. Plan your trip when things really settle out and nobody on this board knows when that will be (actually nobody knows).

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Just want to say I empathize with your feelings and disappointment. I also have a trip still currently re-scheduled to begin on August 21. I realize many believe that travel to and from Scotland will not be permitted by this date. However, I am going to remain optimist and hope that in addition to a steady increase in the numbers of those vaccinated, the world will soon have effective treatments for Covid as well.

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I do hope you get to go AVogan!

I decide do go ahead and get the refund. Now they tell me it can take up to 12 weeks. I'm hoping to be ready to rebook by then for???

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"No, it's an actual airline. One of the very few left in Canada"

Air Transat?? They're a minor player compared to Air Canada and WestJet.