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Is it too early to cancel flights (re lockout)? (advice required)


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#1 sydney_gal

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 10:05 PM

Hi everyone, I just have a quick question for you: I purchased tickets to fly (from Australia) to Vancouver to watch the Canuck home games in February 2013. In your experience, do you think that the dispute causing the lockout will be resolved shortly? Will the schedules change when (and if) the season resumes?

I just don't know whether I should cancel my flights and get the airline tickets refunded and would appreciate any thoughts on this (being a hockey neophyte, I haven't experienced a lockout before and I'm not sure what to do).

Am so devastated about the lockout ...... like everyone else.

Anyway thanks in advance for any advice!
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#2 i4i™

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 10:11 PM

The only advice I can really give is just wait a little bit. Don't refund right now because they might resolve this problem. Give it a month or so, then decide whether to keep them or get a refund.
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Posted 23 September 2012 - 10:12 PM

Kepp your tickets for Minnesota games! They give you 10% discount on any of their upcoming games in the next season.
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Posted 23 September 2012 - 10:12 PM

Depends on the rules for your airline. Many airlines don't give out refunds, only issue credits for future flights. Or, if they do give you a refund, it's subject to a fee.

My suggestion is to check the cancellation rules of your airline. There may be no risk in hanging on to those tickets until you absolutely know whether there will be hockey to come watch.

Personally, I think this whole thing will be resolved before Christmas.
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Posted 23 September 2012 - 10:50 PM

Just go,u get to see this awesome town and the hockey game should just be a bonus
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Posted 23 September 2012 - 10:53 PM

Depends on the rules for your airline. Many airlines don't give out refunds, only issue credits for future flights. Or, if they do give you a refund, it's subject to a fee.

My suggestion is to check the cancellation rules of your airline. There may be no risk in hanging on to those tickets until you absolutely know whether there will be hockey to come watch.

Personally, I think this whole thing will be resolved before Christmas.

This. Hang on to them for as long as is allowed by your airline before cancelling.

Certainly there is no way to tell until both sides have meaningful negotiations again and we see how close they are getting to signing a new CBA. In 2004, both sides didn't even meet again after the lockout started until 3 months later. We're probably not going to get to that with this lockout, since they have talked on the phone at least, but there's no telling if this will become a pissing contest and sides get further apart instead.
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Posted 23 September 2012 - 11:29 PM

Thanks so much everyone for your prompt replies!

I think I’ll take your advice and remain optimistic and wait it out. I can easily have the airline tickets refunded at any time thanks to Air Canada’s great refund policy with only a small cancellation fee.

I was sooooo excited the prospect of seeing all those fantastic games scheduled for that week in February – I could not believe I would be going actually going to real games (after watching so much hockey on TV) and seeing my beloved Canucks play – it’s what got me through winter here in Sydney (shouldn’t say that, because winter here is very mild and warm compared to winter in Canada).

I've already been to your gorgeous city twice before (but that was before I discovered ice hockey!) and cannot wait to go again. Since we are coming primarily for the hockey, if the season is cancelled, it just means I'll be back later in the year.
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Posted 24 September 2012 - 02:16 AM

Just go,u get to see this awesome town and the hockey game should just be a bonus

Meh, Vancouver is nothing special in February, especially compared to Australia ...
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Posted 24 September 2012 - 03:15 AM

Todays supposed to be the first preseason game :(

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