(Closed) Airline Tickets for when the baby comes…

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hm. Not sure but another thing to look into is to ask your OB what their induction policy is. I believe with mine it is 5 days so I know I will def not be later than 5 days. So if my ILs were looking at airfare I would tell them to look at 5 days after my EDD.

Unless the point is they want to be there right after the baby is born?

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I don’t know but I’m curious to see the answers from others because when I have kids, we plan to have my mom try to fly in for the birth so obviously that would be last minute.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@kiddosc: I am planning to buy tickets on Southwest to visit my sister when her baby is born. Southwest is the only airline I know of that lets you get credit for a cancelled flight. Whenever you cancel a flight, the credit immediately is deposited into your account – you can then go and buy a new ticket a few minutes later and enter the confirmation # for the other flight in the box that asks if you’re applying credit from another ticket. The only thing is that if you do this really close to the date, the new flight may be a lot more expensive. The only way around that (that I know of) is to buy multiple tickets and cancel the one(s) that aren’t needed, saving the credit for another trip down the road.

Also, if your parents have frequent flyer tickets, this would be a good time to use them. Many of them do not charge change fees or have minimal change fees (depends on the airline).

Finally, they could buy fully changeable/refundable tickets, but often they are super pricey.

ETA – Priceline sometimes has good last minute fairs but you can’t control the times, only the day and the airport. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@78h2o:

Do they credit the credit card or it’s a Southwest credit?

 

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Can’t you just buy refundable fares?

My work buys fully refundable fares for us (I travel a LOT) and it’s nice because I can just hop a flight whenever I want. If my meeting ends early, I just leave earlier. I’ve even changed my destination airports with no problem as long as the ticket price is the same.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Nothing that I have found, we are running into the same issue.  It is so varied as to when the baby can and actually will arrive.  We aren’t counting on much help right away, but do want my husband’s parents to see their grandson as soon as possible.  They literally live all the way across the country from us, so driving is not an option.  Mine are only a couple of hours away, but I’m still not expecting them to be around for a long period of time.

We are basically going by that our boy has been consistantly a week ahead in growth, so are planning my husband’s paternity leave and his parents visit by that, about a week before our due date (I’m small so if this kid is huge, hopefully it will mean an early induction, and not waiting a week past my due date). 

They have booked with Southwest, so at least they advertise no fees to change the flight, but I’m sure there will still be a fare difference that is hefty if it needs to be done.  

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@regberadaisy: Southwest credit – so it’s not a refund, the money is just held for you to use at a later date. It may have a 2 year expiration date.

ETA – maybe it’s a little sneaky (?) but I always check Southwest fares after I purchase a SW ticket… if the price goes down (which happens sometimes), I cancel my original ticket and use the credit to buy the cheaper ticket. The difference stays in my account and I apply it to my next trip…

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

How far away are your parents? Mine are about 20 hours and I’m pretty sure they’d just start driving. It would be a lot less hassle that way and at least they’d have a car and be able to get around on their own.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@78h2o:

This sounds like the best option to me. At least you know they will probably be visiting you in the future again so they can reuse it at a later date.

Thanks! I think I’m going to tell my ILs to book with SW for when they come to visit the baby!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@regberadaisy: I just looked at SW’s rules. The unused flight credit has to be used within 12 months. The same person has to use the credit – it can’t be given to someone else. The itinerary can be completely different though, so they’d just have to be planning to go somewhere within 12 months. SW also sells fully refundable tickets ($ back to original form of payment) but those tickets are more expensive than their cheaper “wanna get away” fares.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@78h2o:

Thanks for looking! I’m fairly confident my ILs will be back to visit us within a year. They’ve been coming up every 3-4months now even without the baby! 😉

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