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I booked flights for two cruises on Air2Seas for the first time today, and I wanted to share a few thoughts.

I purchased airfare for my Barbados cruise on Grandeur  in December, as well as RoyalCaribbeanBlog group cruise on Anthem in July.

  • The website design is notably dated. I'm talking 10 years ago old.
  • You can book Air2Sea on your own, or through your travel agent. For a while I assumed it had to be booked through the travel agent
  • The fees A2S took was less than I thought. I think it was (~$30 for Grandeur, ~100 for Anthem).
  • No payment required today. I'll pay (or cancel just before) final payment date.
  • Flights refundable up to 90 days before the cruise.
  • Speaking of refundable, it's nice not making payment for a flight I'm not sure I'll go on due to covid, but outside of covid, I did like spacing out purchases to make less of a "YIKES!" credit card bill later.
  • With the flights to England, I had to play around to get flight times I wanted. It becomes annoying if you want to compare prices between cabin types, or if one cabin type is sold out for one leg.  In those cases, it comes back with no results.

Overall, I was pleased with the experience and looking forward to seeing how it works if I want to cancel later.

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I was pleased that Air2Sea was able to get us non-stop flights to/from Barbados.  I wasn't able to find any when looking at individual airline websites.

 

We went one step further for our flights to Bridgetown....we bit the bullet and paid for Royal's transportation to/from the pier.  We figure it's one thing to make our way when in Florida or Texas but didn't want to worry about anything with international flights.  My wife's pto is tight, and if we missed the flight home, the options aren't as plentiful as they are in the States.

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Interesting about the fees.  I thought A2S charged a flat fee.  I guess I’ve  just never noticed.  I was surprised to see that yourAnthem  fee was so much.  I know back in “the day” the old air system (can’t  even remember what it was called) charged something like $15 PP and even that fee was waived if you were D or higher.

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I’ve been playing around with Air2Sea too using my reservation from the blog GC this July. One stray observation that I have come across is that my TA can access a whole lot more flight options than I can from the site. 
 

One specific example is the issue of non-stop flights. When using the Air2Sea site on my own, it does not give me any non-stop options at all. However, when my agent searches, quite a few come up on several different airlines. Not sure if this is just me, or if others have come across this as well?

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2 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

I’ve been playing around with Air2Sea too using my reservation from the blog GC this July. One stray observation that I have come across is that my TA can access a whole lot more flight options than I can from the site. 

I fought this problem a while too. I knew there were directs, but I noticed the left column is the key. Even when results shows no non-stops, look at left column for a filter for non stops and I was able to get it.

Also, when you get results, pick the tab that allows you to choose specific flights, instead of the system packaging both flights.

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2 hours ago, smokeybandit said:

I'm partial to Southwest, so I've never found any good prices on Air2Sea.

 

That said, that bias wouldn't help me for a flight to England.

I doubt Southwest is in A2S only because Southwest isn't in any of the major booking sites.

For international travel, it seems like A2S is a no brainer. Which is why I booked both trips with A2S.

With covid, it can be a gut check if you want to book with a specific airline because you may only get credit back, but you're still laying out cash for flights that you arent certain yet if it will sail.

 

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3 hours ago, Matt said:

Overall, I was pleased with the experience and looking forward to seeing how it works if I want to cancel later.

Cancelling is very easy, I had done some searching on Air2Sea for a previous cruise to see how it all worked, not realizing that you paid for the flights with final payment of the cruise, I inadvertently booked flights.  A three minute phone call later, they were all cancelled. It was super easy.

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5 minutes ago, GregD said:

Cancelling is very easy, I had done some searching on Air2Sea for a previous cruise to see how it all worked, not realizing that you paid for the flights with final payment of the cruise, I inadvertently booked flights.  A three minute phone call later, they were all cancelled. It was super easy.

That's exactly why I booked with A2S, so good to hear!

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This reminds me to cancel my flights to Rome and back since odyssey is cancelled. Used Air2Sea. (Hello @Sharla, I’ll be emailing you for the hundredth time this week!) 
 

Will use again to go back to Rome the following year and for Alaska. 

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5 minutes ago, Matt said:

That's exactly why I booked with A2S, so good to hear!

Also, if you read my Liberty blog, I discuss Air2Sea quite a bit since we used that for last February. The flights were changed after they were booked, so we lost our seat assignments, so pay attention there, and watch your reservations if you keep them because you will have to talk to the respective airlines yourself after they are paid for if there are issues that come up. I tried speaking to the air2sea reps first and they sent me on to the airlines directly.

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11 minutes ago, Jill said:

This reminds me to cancel my flights to Rome and back since odyssey is cancelled. Used Air2Sea. (Hello @Sharla, I’ll be emailing you for the hundredth time this week!) 
 

Will use again to go back to Rome the following year and for Alaska. 

It seems between you and I @Sharla profile picture should look like the pic below. I don't know how she doesn't pull her hair out by now, she has been by our side since the start of this madness!

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1 hour ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Another Air2Sea question for anyone who knows.  Many of you know that I always fly Delta.  Do I still collect SkyMiles if I book through Air2Sea?

Yes unless fares like the ultra cheap fares are purchased (basic economy) which may not.  You can provide your SM# to A2S when you book.

Also, any perks for having status with Delta and TSA Precheck work business as usual for the same fare type you would purchase direct with Delta such as complimentary upgrades or waived bag fees based on DL status.

 

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3 hours ago, Matt said:

I doubt Southwest is in A2S only because Southwest isn't in any of the major booking sites.

For international travel, it seems like A2S is a no brainer. Which is why I booked both trips with A2S.

With covid, it can be a gut check if you want to book with a specific airline because you may only get credit back, but you're still laying out cash for flights that you arent certain yet if it will sail.

 

I meant because Southwest isn't in A2S I haven't seen many good deals on other airlines. Though Southwest is changing to allow their fares to appear in the booking engines.

 

But for international flight A2S seems ideal.

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5 hours ago, em.down.the.rabbit.hole said:

Ah I'm on the Anthem the week after you guys...I'll wave as we pass in the cruise terminal ? ... but good news today about International cruising out of the UK this summer...fingers crossed for all of us Anthem bound cruisers.

The UK cruises are said to be domestic passengers only.  Not international, meaning US.  I have Anthem cruise in Sept. out of Southampton, but don't think it will be a go.  They indicate they will  do short cruises only and with local passengers.  I hope I am wrong as I really want to do my cruise in Sept.   UK is also not planning to do other countries in their cruises, like Denmark, Amsterdam, etc.  Which are some of the ports I have scheduled.   We will wait and see what happens I guess.

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3 hours ago, Linda R said:

The UK cruises are said to be domestic passengers only.  Not international, meaning US.  I have Anthem cruise in Sept. out of Southampton, but don't think it will be a go.  They indicate they will  do short cruises only and with local passengers.  I hope I am wrong as I really want to do my cruise in Sept.   UK is also not planning to do other countries in their cruises, like Denmark, Amsterdam, etc.  Which are some of the ports I have scheduled.   We will wait and see what happens I guess.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/09/travel-news-holiday-abroad-covid-restrictions-spain-portugal/

Scroll through this article (post at 3.47pm most interesting) .... International cruising from UK expected later on this summer... not just domestic cruising.

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