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Please help! I'm in a Shabbos bind with flights
« on: October 27, 2016, 09:42:02 AM »
I made a really dumb mistake, booking Lufthansa Premium Economy ticket from JFK to TLV, leaving Thursday, Nov. 3 and arriving Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:10pm (i.e. after Shabbos).

I'm trying to re-book but the options are not good. Moving the flight a day earlier to the 2nd results in a $600+ fare difference. The only available seats at my fare are the following Monday, the 7th but staying another 4 nights in NYC will cost far more than that.

Cancelling the remainder of the ticket (in order to re-book elsewhere) will get me literally nothing, according to the airline rep.
 
Are any other options I'm not thinking of?

Any help you guys can offer will be much, much appreciated.

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Re: Please help! I'm in a Shabbos bind with flights
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2016, 10:03:30 AM »
How recently did you make the booking? If you just made it, call ASAP, and ask for a one time courtesy, you made a mistake, need their help, manager, whatever.
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Re: Please help! I'm in a Shabbos bind with flights
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2016, 10:16:33 AM »
Unfortunately it was a few weeks ago. I only double checked the arrival time right now (had some lurking doubt there).

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Re: Please help! I'm in a Shabbos bind with flights
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2016, 10:18:56 AM »
try calling anyway. Maybe you will get someone who can help you. And daven for a flight change.

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Re: Please help! I'm in a Shabbos bind with flights
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2016, 10:19:53 AM »
I called. But I guess I'll HUCA.

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Re: Please help! I'm in a Shabbos bind with flights
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2016, 11:47:16 AM »
hi Im really uncomfortable flying on friday but here are some ideas that you might be able to do:

1. find out your fare class and create an 'email alert' on expertflyer for the earlier flights, if it opens up you will get an email and can notify the airline

2. (not for the faint of heart -a lot can go wrong) take the first leg of the connecting flights  plan to spend shabbos  in the connecting city
2a -if you 'miss' a connecting flight you might get rebooked on the next flight or so. (at least you have an argument)
2b its (generally) cheaper to fly from europe to israel perhaps book one of those flights for after shabbos

3. (if flight is delayed 4 + hours) than you can request a cancellation/ rebooking that is more convenient for you (see eu airplane rules)

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Re: Please help! I'm in a Shabbos bind with flights
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2016, 12:30:10 PM »
Thanks Shimmy. I'll start with #1 and go from there.

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Re: Please help! I'm in a Shabbos bind with flights
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2016, 01:07:55 PM »
2b its (generally) cheaper to fly from europe to israel perhaps book one of those flights for after shabbos
Won't the remaining legs be cancelled then?
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Re: Please help! I'm in a Shabbos bind with flights
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2016, 02:04:09 PM »
Won't the remaining legs be cancelled then?
Yes.
But the plan is to pay a reasonable amount for a flight from Europe to TLV, so he won't need it. 

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Re: Please help! I'm in a Shabbos bind with flights
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2016, 02:07:50 PM »
Yes.
But the plan is to pay a reasonable amount for a flight from Europe to TLV, so he won't need it.
He need to get back too?>
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Re: Please help! I'm in a Shabbos bind with flights
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2016, 02:17:32 PM »
He need to get back too?>
I thought TLV was home.
........ The only available seats at my fare are the following Monday, the 7th but staying another 4 nights in NYC will cost far more than that.
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Re: Please help! I'm in a Shabbos bind with flights
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2016, 02:20:10 PM »
Thanks for the responses. I managed to find a fare on the Lufthansa site that only required the change fee -- not ideal but way better than having to do havdalla in Frankfurt Main.  :D

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