pelican
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AB Flight Confirmation -still Necessary?

Mon May 29, 2006 8:08 am

A friend of mine just asked me why he has to call AB 24 hours in advance to confirm the flight. To be honest I didn't do it the last time I flow with them and had no problems. But he said when he called the call-center, he was told that he should call earlier - not as late as 6 hours prior to the flight. Otherwise the flight could have left earlier without him. (flight was DUS-VIE)

So why does Air Berlin insist on this policy? Are you really responsible if you missed a flight, because you didn't call them and they change their departure time?


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Thomas_Jaeger
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RE: AB Flight Confirmation -still Necessary?

Mon May 29, 2006 8:20 am

This might be their policy on some of their scheduled charter flights but certainly not on any of their scheduled routes I am sure. They will send a schedule change notification e-mail in case of a schedule change.

[Edited 2006-05-29 01:21:44]
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joffie
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RE: AB Flight Confirmation -still Necessary?

Mon May 29, 2006 8:23 am

I dont think it is necessary. Usually when they change the flight they send you an e-mail or ring you in advance. It is, however good to check the airline website to see if there is any change.
 
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RE: AB Flight Confirmation -still Necessary?

Mon May 29, 2006 8:44 am

Quoting Thomas_Jaeger (Reply 1):
This might be their policy on some of their scheduled charter flights but certainly not on any of their scheduled routes I am sure.

Hmm, that would make sense, but isn't DUS-VIE/ VIE-DUS a scheduled route?
I've just looked at my last online-reservation (TXL-VIE) from AB and I couldn't find a note that I should call them. So could it be related to DUS?

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RE: AB Flight Confirmation -still Necessary?

Mon May 29, 2006 2:59 pm

Sometimes I call them - especially when I do not have access to the internet or some teletext/ceefax to check departure times and also then only for flights from Southern Europe to Germany.
In recent years it has happened to me once, that a flight AGP-HAJ was re-scheduled to leave one hour earlier than previously advertised (but then that flight was running late by one hour and so departed at the exact original time ...) ; however IIRC that one was operated by HF but ticket was purchased through AB.

Quoting Pelican (Reply 3):
So could it be related to DUS?

Nope.

Quoting Pelican (Reply 3):
I've just looked at my last online-reservation (TXL-VIE) from AB and I couldn't find a note that I should call them.

Here´s the excerpt from my last reservation:
RUECKFLUGBESTAETIGUNG UNTER ANGABE DER
VORGANGSNR. MAX.48, MINDESTENS ABER 24
STUNDEN VOR DEM GEPLANTEN ABFLUG:
AUS DEM AUSLAND: (+49) 30-41021021
IN DEUTSCHLAND : 030-41021021


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RE: AB Flight Confirmation -still Necessary?

Mon May 29, 2006 3:12 pm

It is usually enough to look up the status and times of your flight via internet - either directly on the AB website or via some reservation system (e.g. www.amadeus.net). However, when travelling to more exotic destinations with limited AB flights and no internet access, I would call the reservation hotline to reconfirm as indicated.
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RE: AB Flight Confirmation -still Necessary?

Mon May 29, 2006 4:56 pm

Trevel agents have a nasty habit of telling passengers "Airline so and so says you have to ctc them within 24 hours to reconfirm your booking"
British Airways do not require this. If there are changes, as noted above a few times, a email will be sent, or telephone call made by the lovley people in our servicing department. That is if the Agent has put your details in our booking. If not, we send a message to them to do the call outs.

At least 6 or 7 calls a day are from passengers doing this, and it is not nesercery. We do however conf all flight times. We do sometimes however come across bookings, even though messages have been sent to travel agetns, that have been amended and they do not know about it.
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RE: AB Flight Confirmation -still Necessary?

Mon May 29, 2006 8:17 pm

I didn't bother last time I flew AB, despite the confirmation saying I should.

I'd imagine it is done to cover the airline if they have changed times and not informed you, mainly, though I think in todays world of email and text messaging, as well as tools such as Amadeus, they should have no excuse not to inform you!
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RE: AB Flight Confirmation -still Necessary?

Mon May 29, 2006 11:20 pm

They still require you to call their service-center. If you don't, they don't seem to cancel your return flight but if you were to miss it due to a change in departure time, you seem to be left with nothing.

This comes directly from AB's website
(airberlin.com Look under "Service", FAQ's, Your Duties)...

Do I have to reconfirm the departure time before the return flight?

The time of your return flight may change, although this is very rare. You always need to confirm departure times before any return flight so that you can find out if any changes have been made. To do this, please call our Service Team, which is available round the clock. You will find the telephone number on your ticket.

We recommend that you reconfirm the flight 24 to 48 hours before the scheduled return.
Calls from Germany: 030-41 02 10 21
Calls from abroad: +49 30-41 02 10 21

Please note that if you have missed your flight because of a failure to confirm the flight times, you will lose your entitlement to carriage!
 
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RE: AB Flight Confirmation -still Necessary?

Tue May 30, 2006 1:18 am

Quoting AMSSpotter (Reply 8):
The time of your return flight may change,

Why is only "Return" mentioned for reconfirmation ?
If somebody purchases two oneways on independent bookings there is no "return" leg ...
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RE: AB Flight Confirmation -still Necessary?

Tue May 30, 2006 11:56 pm

You definitely have a point there!
What if you were to enjoy a stopover of a few days in -say- Berlin, you don't reconfirm the 2nd leg out of Berlin and you were to miss that flight because of a departure-time that was earlier than planned(?) Theoretically, in this case you probably would be entitled to compensation since, after all, you only need to reconfirm return-flights.  Wink
I wonder how AB think(s) about this...

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