Prognosis for US Air

Feb 9th, 2004, 10:38 AM
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Last week i used 70,000 United miles to reserve flights to Cancun from Seattle for xmas this year for 2 of us. United have us on US Air both directions. I'm wondering if United would protect us if US does go belly up?

Is 70,000 to many miles? Would it be worth it to just purchase tickets if we could get tickets for around the $800 range? Alaska Airlines has some for the same date for under $700.00.
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Feb 12th, 2004, 05:25 PM
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I don't think you have to worry for 2004 but give Southwest 6 months to a year and they will cause USAirways serious trouble. I'm hoping USAir makes it. I'm using the last of my FF miles to go to Paris in Sept. (cmcfong ---- when are you going?)
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Feb 15th, 2004, 08:18 AM
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Beechtree, we leave on the 6th and return on the 15th. We will go to Bayeux, Dinan, Amboise and Chartres....thanks to all the good advice we got in trip planning from the Fodorites.
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Feb 15th, 2004, 09:17 AM
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cmcfong - we also leave on the 6th (Phila. to Paris), spend 1 night in Paris, 3 in Bayeux then off to Brugge and Amsterdam returing on the 17th. Like you our plans reflect what we learned from our Fodorite friends. Bob
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Feb 15th, 2004, 03:09 PM
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Bob, I only wish you were going to Bruges first then you could meet us in Bayeux with a load of those Chocolate Line chocolates! I saw from another posting that you did decide on the Hotel Adornes. My husband and I loved it. The breakfast is very ample and the desk clerk, Natalie, is one of the nicest people I have met in the travel industry. Have a blast!
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Feb 16th, 2004, 04:48 AM
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I just booked 3 tickets on US Air for Florida for March through Orbitz. Orbitz was $20 per ticket less than the US Air website.
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Feb 16th, 2004, 05:45 AM
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A United ticket from GSO to YVR in July is showing at $100 less on orbitz than it shows on the United website. Whoever designed the IRS code as apparently decided to design air fares. What a mess!
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Apr 14th, 2004, 10:25 AM
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We cashed in almost all of our USAir frequent flyer miles for 4 tickets CMH-CDG - (Paris) for the end of December. We did not buy travel insurance, but we did pay the taxes. If USAir goes belly up before then, does anyone know what the chances are another airline will pick up our flights? We would like to book apartments in Paris and London but are very hesitatant given the circumstances, as you usually can't get much back if you cancel on rentals. Anyone know what might happen to us if USAir shuts down without being bought out? Thanks!
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Apr 14th, 2004, 10:51 AM
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lauralue9 - Other airlines probably won't honor your tickets exchanged from FF points, but there are two things you may want to consider doing:

1. Get 3rd party travel insurance. That should cover the loss of pre-paid rental money. But check the terms carefully. That may also cover you if USAir shuts down after you arrive in Europe and is stuck there.

2. Consider paying USAir a little more and get paper tickets, especially if there are more bad news about them in the future. It's much more easier to get other airlines to rebook you if you have paper tickets, and it may be easier for you to file claims against USAir in the future.
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Apr 14th, 2004, 12:28 PM
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Thanks RKKWAN, we DO have paper tickets, so that is a note of encouragement in terms of another airline honoring our reservations. We have totally refundable hotel reservations in both Paris and London. While an apartment would be much more convenient and certainly spacious, I just don't want to get involved with deposits that may have to be lost. I have used travel insurance before and it is great because we had to cancel because of health matters. Thanks for the encouraging news.
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Apr 14th, 2004, 01:03 PM
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I am thinking of taking a end of the year trip to LA and looking into American, United and Delta instead of USAir and I live a few miles from the Pittsburgh Airport. Now there is a debate with the pilot's union on their contract. I just don't trust them enough, they keep on cutting down service on certain days or increase flights at certain times of the year and decrease them in winter.
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