I want to repeat a warning that Pat in San Diego gave us a few months back: before you book a flight, check to be sure it is currently flying. Her experience was with British Airways, but I imagine other airlines are doing it as well: they list lots of flights for future travel, but some of them have not resumed flying yet, and who knows if they will start by spring, the way things are going?
In Pat’s case they booked a British Airways direct flight from San Diego to Heathrow, changing there for their destination in Switzerland. As the time neared for the flight, she was told it had been canceled, and then they had to scramble (several times) for a replacement. In the process,Pat learned that the flight they had booked had not flown since March 2020 (when US-Europe flights were limited to a very few US airports).
I almost got caught in this myself—-a few days ago I booked a flight to get us back from a March trip to Italy, using my Alaska Airlines miles. The flight is Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Heathrow to SFO, on British Airways. After reading on FlyerTalk about all the recent flight cancellations by BA, it occurred to me to check. Turns out the flight I booked (BA 583) has not flown since September 2020. Other MXP flights have not flown since 2020 or mid-2021, but some flights from Linate are flying daily. So I canceled the flight I booked and plan to re-book with a flight from Linate as soon as the miles are back in my account.
Of course things can change by March, but I can’t count of that. I would prefer to be on a flight that is actually flying now. And if things change and they start canceling those flights as well (due to worsening covid conditions), then we just won’t go.
It is easy to check on the flight history: just Google the flight number, like”BA583”, using the official airline code. One of the top results will be Flight Aware, and they will show the flight history.