Ticket for emergency travel

Feb 20th, 2011, 08:41 AM
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Ticket for emergency travel

We, family of 3, might need to go to the UK soon. My mother (90) has had a fall and is not doing well and might not have long to go. My sister said to not come right away as Mom is in hospital and wouldn't know me if I came now, but to wait until Mom passes on, which I can understand.
BA and United are the only airlines that fly direct to the UK from our local airport. I don't know if they do emergency fares any more and how much more they are likely to be over the regular fare. Do you need to supply hospital info, death cert or anything else? Any info is much appreciated.
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Feb 20th, 2011, 10:47 AM
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Bereavement fares are not that good a deal anymore. They are pretty expensive and teh airlines will often want a phone number of the mortuary to confirm. the advantage on most airlines is that the return date is open.

If you need the return flexibility, at least look at one way tickets. They might work out cheaper than a bereavement fare.

Kayak.com is a great site for pricing trips. If you know your return date, they would probably find you the best fare of all.

Another option would be to use Priceline at the last minute. The fare would be good, but they won't promise non-stop flights. You might end up with one stop. Do some research at Betterbidding.com before you do this option.
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Feb 20th, 2011, 11:29 AM
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Sorry about your mother. As lcuy says, bereavement fares are not a good deal. The last time we tried using them we were offered 25% off current fares which was very high. They also required a lot of information as well as a death certificate.

In addition to what lcuy posted, you can look at statravel.com which used to be for students and educators only but now is open to everyone. They often give more flexibility on dates, etc.
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Feb 20th, 2011, 01:07 PM
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I'm sorry to hear about your family's situation.
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Feb 20th, 2011, 01:27 PM
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Sorry about your mom. Here's some information about bereavement fares...They are not as inexpensive as buy-in-advance fares because they are last-minute fares, and you can be flexible with the return. Usually if you buy a round trip, you have to set your dates. With bereavement fares, you can leave the return open which is often necessary in a family emergency.

You will likely need cc of the death certificate, hospital notice or other info to fax in. Sometimes they don't ask, but often they do. If you have the name of the funeral home etc and they can fax or email you something that would help.

As a piece of advice, I would say go now even if your mom may not acknowledge who you are. She will know someone is there who loves her.
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Feb 20th, 2011, 01:55 PM
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Something you may not have thought of - check to make sure you know where all of your passports are and that they all are both current and with enough time left on them to allow for a trip several months ahead - not something you want to worry about later.

And sorry you, your mother and rest of family are going through such a difficult time.
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Feb 20th, 2011, 07:02 PM
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I say to go now too - I regret it very much that I didn't when my mum was still alive.
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Feb 21st, 2011, 05:44 AM
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sorry for your trouble bereavement fares

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Feb 21st, 2011, 05:51 AM
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finding LON NYC from $189 each way all in some dates in March

on Continental nice price have a look at that perhaps buy some

cheap trip insurance in case you need to change dates..
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Feb 21st, 2011, 01:54 PM
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cheap trip insurance in case you need to change dates..

Trip insurance will NOT necessarily help if you have to cancel - it would only help if you had a trip planned and couldnt go because of bereavement.
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Feb 21st, 2011, 08:07 PM
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Where are you leaving from in the US? Do you care whether you fly into Heathrow or Gatwick?
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Feb 22nd, 2011, 07:42 AM
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We will be leaving from Denver and our eventual destination will be Edinburgh. We would probably need to change planes at LHR as only United or BA fly direct to the UK from here and I really don't need or want the hassle of having to have more than one connection at such a stressful time.

We can't afford more than one trip over, and I would rather save that one for the funeral. The last time I saw her was in May and I said my goodbyes then knowing that was probably the last time I would see her as she was getting very frail and not being able to remember quite a few things.

Thanks all for your information and support. It does help.
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