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Old 19 May 20, 02:34 PM  
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well i thought i'd check back into my pre-trip and put my current thoughts on the situation.

Personally thinking, as we don't go until the end of October, i am pretty comfortable that the holiday will go ahead. USA is very keen to be open and with a certain election happening while we are there, i am sure Mr Trump will want to present an America that is fully operational

My concerns are a bit different. The whole social distance thing may still be in operation and that will effectively rule out Hollywood. I am 100% sure disney will be re opened, but If Disney Shanghai is anything to go by, then it just won't be the same.

I think WB will be OK as the tours can be managed.

My other concern is one i don't usually have. We are independent travellers and as such have used air BnB and Homeaway for the accommodation. We have used both many times and never had an issue, but this time i am worried that the end owners will be out of business. Reading the terms and conditions, they have made it VERY clear that no deposits will be refunded.

To be honest, its not really the money. if we have to book in at a Hotel its not the end of the world but i don't want the hassle. My insurance will probably cover it, but again its the hassle.

for the first time ever, i wished i had booked the Hilton in annaheim. It was only £250 or so more for the 5 days. But we have never been let down before and under normal circumstances i wouldn't even give it a second thought.

But these are far from normal times.
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Itís been a bit sad so I have kept away from the boards recently but Iíve come to terms with not going this year now. How I will feel on departure day is another matter!

Anyway, I thought Iíd update on all refunds.

BA - brilliant. Had a bad press but I can only speak for myself and they refunded without hassle.

AirBnB - brilliant. Full refund even deposit. Had to wait until 30 days out though. But fair play.

Homeaway - awkward as you deal directly with the homeowners. One in Disney (funtierland) have said itís no problem to defer to next year so we have taken that option.

But our beachside house in Malibu has been a tester! Wouldnít let us defer so Kept $250 deposit for a start, then said couldnít refund to card, wanted a wire transfer, sorted that but then got a dollar cheque refund through the post which we canít cash! On going...

Attraction Tix - Disney tickets have a expiry of Jan 22 and we plan to go October 21 so that will be OK

ATD - universal tickets. Not too happy with them really. Wanted to keep deposit even though I have not downloaded tickets. Have offered a credit note which I will have to accept as itís the only way of getting a refund. Iíd prefer it if universal extended the expiry. So Universal is really my complaint here as ATD have only enforced their terms.

Anyway, looking to re book later this year for next October.

Sad, and I have to admit I never saw this coming. I was so confident that we would be going. But it just proves what my wife always says...I donít know what Iím talking about!
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Hi Vertigo, I really feel for you. We are in the same position.
I am 50 in December and had Disney planned for my actual birthday then 9 nights in Palm Springs , Airbnb, then the last 2 nights, Xmas eve and Xmas day in Vegas.
We have first class reward flights there and back with BA. Saved up our avios for 2 years to get these.
My dh is adamant we arenít cancelling yet but he has agreed to decide by the 28th of October when the October flights are available for next year as we would move it to then if we can get the first class flights again and looking at the availability so far we should get them.
It wonít be the same though but I just keep thinking in the grand scheme of things it doesnít really matter, but honestly Iím truly gutted as I was so excited to be getting away for my birthday as up till last year I wasnít allowed holidays at Christmas.
Letís just look forward to a better holiday in October

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Ahh man, thatís sounded an incredible trip.

Letís sulk together. Maybe set up a support group. 😄

Seriously though, like you, I know itís not important when people are literally losing their lives, but at the same time itís upsetting and gutting.

Oh well, hereís to my 51st in California instead.
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Thatís ours cancelled. We are moving it to October. Should hopefully still get the flights and have added in a bit extra. Going to London for a couple of nights instead.
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