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The Bellinghman
Date: 2007-09-14 12:14
Subject: Oops
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Note to self. Do not make travel arrangements when not fully recovered from a long trip.

This morning, I made ferry reservations for the Octocon weekend in Ireland. All went fine, I entered the dates and times, and gave my credit card details. Back came the acknowledgement, and everything was fine.

Then I started looking at details for the weekend after next, when we intend to make a visit to Oslo. Or possibly Helsinki, I haven't decided which yet, but one of those countries we spotted from above earlier this week.

I think it was about then that I realised that the dates were looking familiar. Yes folks, I paid for ferry tickets for the wrong weekend.

Indeed, oops.

ETA: Tomorrow is 'this' weekend', the following weekend is 'next' weekend, and the one after that is 'the weekend after next'. Don't ask me about the logic or lack thereof. I think that the end of the week in which one is is 'this' weekend, and the end of the next week is 'next' weekend.
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Tim Illingworth
User: timill
Date: 2007-09-14 11:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Cancellable? Refundable?

Oops indeed.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2007-09-14 11:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Amendable, but not via the website - mostly because pushing it back two weeks dropped the cost £20, and the website had no mechanism for refunds. I had to call then by phone.
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Tim Illingworth
User: timill
Date: 2007-09-14 12:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
So it's not all bad, then.

I observe in passing that the 22nd is the Official Equinox In Cambridge...
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2007-09-14 12:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Which is a weekend when we intend to be in neither Ireland nor Norway.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2007-09-14 12:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And I've added a clarification as to which weekends I'm talking about.
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Nicolai The Hand Grenade of Courteous Debate: B-17
User: _nicolai_
Date: 2007-09-14 11:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:B-17
Heh. A couple of days ago I bought air tickets for a trip in September when I meant to go in October. Fortunately the airline's callcenter (American Airlines, for the record) was able to cancel the booking and I made another one at only a small fare increase, despite the first booking being allegedly non-cancelleable. There appears to be a small window between "purchased" and "ticketed" where staff can change it to "cancelled" and get away with it :)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2007-09-14 11:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This was within the hour. But I'd also bought the Premium tickets, which
(among other things) provide the ability to cancel pretty much till the last moment.

(I go for the Premium tickets these days because of the nicer service, decent seats, free drinks, snacks and newspapers, and the ability to get on and off first. And the extra cost isn't that much - considerably less per hour extra than we were willing to pay for the Premium Economy seats to Japan and back.)
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xnamkrad
User: xnamkrad
Date: 2007-09-14 13:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
See you at Octocon
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2007-09-14 13:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I do hope so.
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