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  1. Pandoradean

    Refundable airline tickets versus non refundable airline tickets

    Hello, fellow travelers and kind, thoughtful advisors! I'm back from Finland now and am ready to report to all some "take-away" lessons I learned. First of all, the trip exceeded my expectations! I did see the Northern lights - awesome! The logistics of the trip, handled by Aurora Zone in...
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    Refundable airline tickets versus non refundable airline tickets

    Just logged on after being off the internet for several days (am not really committed to staying on the grid at all times). I want to thank everyone who has weighed in on my question. I've learned a lot from all of you and I'm also learning from my mistakes. I hate saying this but "it is what...
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    Refundable airline tickets versus non refundable airline tickets

    Hello to all who have weighed in with sage advice and wisdom about my question. For the moment, I will not provide an update on my actual flight arrangements (I'll wait until my trip is over.) HOWEVER, I do want you to know the lessons I have learned today as I tried to navigate the...
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    Refundable airline tickets versus non refundable airline tickets

    Mr. Maley - your explanation about the possibility of a trip not getting the number of people on it to make it viable (from a business perspective, of course) that could cause it to be cancelled - I did not think of that possibility but it makes sense. So, I'm taking away several messages here...
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    Refundable airline tickets versus non refundable airline tickets

    Mr. Maley - I truly did not consider a cruise that specializes in northern lights as an option - hear "head bump on the table" - it did not occur to me it might be a viable option! If I do not see the northern lights on this trip, then my next trip would definitely look into that as an option -...
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    Refundable airline tickets versus non refundable airline tickets

    Oh, my! I had no idea that posing such a question on a forum would generate so many responses that make perfect sense! Everyone of you who have posted something here has given me very useful information and suggestions on what to do - I sort of feel a little naive right now (maybe too...
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    Refundable airline tickets versus non refundable airline tickets

    My question to you is what kind of advice you might be able to provide me on the following: I have signed up for a trip through an agency that specializes in (possibly) seeing the northern lights. They recommend the following in their brochure: a) providing proof of having travel insurance and...