Questions about Expedia

Jul 9th, 2019, 04:58 PM
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That's good to know eliztravels!
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Jul 9th, 2019, 05:27 PM
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and the charges hit your credit card
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Jul 11th, 2019, 02:18 PM
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Hope the trip goes well, Melnq. looks like you received great advice to look for any potential pitfalls.

I have booked air only via Orbitz and Expedia especially when using multiple airlines on one ticket and haven't had any problems so far. Just have to be careful about booking class for seats and FF miles. I sometimes have trouble finding all the details. I approach them with less hesitation than consolidators (whom I have also occasionally used for air), but more than direct with airlines and hotels or even booking.com.

My sister often books air/hotel or air/car combos via these sites and hasn't had any problems.

I had never booked a vacation package for a few reasons. One is that we rarely stay in one city for an entire trip. I have learned from Seamus that the number of hotel days can be adjusted. Great tip! Two is that I often travel alone and in some countries I can find a less expensive single hotel room than the rate in the package that is often for a double and two breakfasts. (I recently booked a ferry/hotel package Seattle-Victoria because the rate for the hotel was better than I could get direct. It included a voucher of breakfast for 2 from 3 selections. The waitress allowed me to select 2 breakfasts--I selected part of 2.) Three is that the packages I have seen did not include such generous cancellation of the hotel and any fees from the third party are nonrefundable, so a cancellation or change to the trip would cost more than the usual for a nonrefundable separate airfare.

My question to the knowledgeable on this subject is whether you still get the 24-hour airline ticket cancellation period like you do if you book air ticket only on third party site or direct with airline?
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Jul 11th, 2019, 03:01 PM
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I believe you can cancel within 24 hours for airfare with Expedia.

There may be some fine points to be sure that you book that correctly, if the following blog is right.

https://www.visatraveler.com/blog/bo...on-on-expedia/

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Jul 11th, 2019, 03:28 PM
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I know one can cancel within 24 hours if air ticket only. I'll have to read as you suggest when it is a package. Thx
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Jul 11th, 2019, 11:00 PM
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https://www.expedia.com/service/#/link/15253

As usual with travel agents, the cancellation policy depends on the supplier's rules.
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Jul 12th, 2019, 10:32 AM
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Mel, does your final receipt show a breakdown of a price for the airfare versus the hotel, then taxes and fees?

I did a little digging on my own about the refunds. I entered the flights I am using for an upcoming trip to JRO and selected a hotel I am using for 3 of the 7 nights in Tanzania as a single traveler just so I could compare costs directly. That hotel only offered a nonrefundable room for the package (other hotels offer refundable and nonrefundable).

The airfare is clearly covered under the 24-hour cancellation/refund policy. The hotel room is nonrefundable. I could not find in the Expedia change/cancel rules quite how that is handled--how much would be refunded of the package total since only the total for the bundle is presented.
I'd have a similar question still if the hotel is refundable until just before arrival. If one keeps the flight, but wants to cancel the hotel, how much is one refunded from the package price?
The hotel part reads just like a direct booking with "one night's charge" if canceled after the deadline. Again, seems like one would have to be told what that "one night's charge" is despite it being bundled.

It does look like if the bundled price is better than buying piecemeal (in this case it was with only hostel level lodgings), then the savings could cover the Expedia change/cancel policy premium so one could make allowed changes with only the difference in rates, no penalty charges.

Thanks again for reminding me to check packages. I hadn't done that in years.
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Jul 12th, 2019, 07:10 PM
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You raise a good question Kay.

My receipt shows taxes and fees, but not a breakdown between air fare and hotel. I found this on the Expedia site:

For package bookings: While the receipt you get from the itinerary page shows the total amount you paid, your bank or credit card statement may show separate charges for each package item (flight, hotel, etc.).

I just checked my credit card statement and there's only one charge - for the full bundled amount.

The cancellation policy for the hotel I booked states:
  • Cancellations or changes made after 6:00pm (W. Europe Standard Time) on Dec 13, 2019 or no-shows are subject to a property fee equal to 100% of the total amount paid for the reservation.
Just out of curiosity, I checked the nightly rates at the hotel I've booked, then subtracted that from the total cost, minus insurance. The airfare came to about $1,400 for both of us, which is much better than I could find booking directly through the airlines.

It's not clear to me how this would be handled in the case of a partial cancellation. I'm under the impression that the airfare would be refunded as a credit, but not sure what would happen regarding the hotel.

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Jul 15th, 2019, 07:21 AM
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My Expedia account is now showing my booking as confirmed, no longer 'in process'. Hooray!
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Jul 16th, 2019, 04:29 PM
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Sounds like you got a good deal !
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