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Booking Ahead

Q. We are flying to Dublin this fall, traveling through Ireland from November 7th through the 28th. Do you suppose we can get by without making advance reservations and just decide on hotels and B&Bs as we go day by day?

A. November is not a particularly peak travel time for Ireland, though I think you'd do well to make reservations at least a day ahead. And you can usually cancel reservations 6-24 hours ahead. Just make sure you know the lodging's cancel policies.

Cancellations Just Because

Q. I booked a cruise for four, scheduled to leave in September. Now one of us cannot make the trip. I did buy trip insurance, but I was told that since this isn't due to medical reasons, a refund isn't an option. Can they do that?

A. Possibly. Travel insurance policies differ greatly in their terms of what is and isn't covered. So it all depends on the specific type of policy you purchased and its terms of coverage. Some protect you against trip cancellation/interruption due to illness, and some even allow a refund should you find you suddenly get called into work. We always recommend reading through your travel insurance policy before purchasing, so you can make an informed decision about exactly what it is you're buying.

330-Day Fare Availability

Q. Every once in awhile, I get an alert for a fare that states "330 day travel period". What exactly does this mean?

A.  Legacy carriers sell fares for travel up to 330 days into the future, whereas the newbie "low cost" carriers do not. It doesn't necesarrily mean that the fare is available every single month and/or day of the year, but when we notice a fare we post has some availability for this long 330 day travel period, we pass the information along.

The lowest fares available on legacy carriers are not always available for a 330 day travel window, and even when they are, peak travel times such as December holidays and summer months mid-June through late August are often not included or are extremely scarce.

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