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Oban Holiday in Japan
« on: August 18, 2012, 05:47:29 PM »
I don't understand why DeltaNet did not warn pass riders about the Japanese Oban Festival starting in mid-August, 2012.  I booked a buddy pass friend going to Bangkok on Aug 5th, returing on August 17th.  When it was booked on DeltaNet, there were no Embargos, nor was there a "pop-up" that noted any embargos.  Upon changing her reservation for her return due to full flights, there was a pop up window that gives in detail information as follows: 

***Travel Alert for flights departing Japan through September 2nd. The Japanese holiday season of Obon begins in the middle of August. Obon is a Buddhist memorial holiday period when the Japanese remember their ancestors. Nonrev travel from Japan to the United States will be very difficult during this time period. The no show factor is very low while oversold flights are common. Hotels in the NRT area are limited due to Tokyo citizens bringing their families to the countryside of Narita (NRT) during the Obon holiday. Buddy pass travel is discouraged. ***


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Re: Oban Holiday in Japan
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2012, 10:11:26 PM »
I am not an official spokesperson for Delta Air Lines - "BUT"
the travel in question was not embargoed just noted as being
difficult (very difficult) as all non-revenue travel is.
It is not a walk in the park. I wanted to travel to Europe this
summer but had to curtail my plans because of the Summer
Olympics causing way too many variables to consider.
Some of these variables are hard to quess for a solution.
Unfortunately the buddy passes can not use the ZED (zone
fares) that the employees active and retired can.
With that somewhat in mind if there is a next time plan on
buying a revenue ticket from Bangkok to Seoul to route
around the trouble spot in Japan. Thinking of another alternative
Bangkok to HongKong or Manila or even perhaps to Sydney.
All these cities have Delta service and might be the escape
route home.
Bear in mind that even though a flight may show tons of seats
open days or weeks in advance a last minute cancellation by
Delta or one of its partners or even another carrier can toss
an awful lot of revenue customers into those what were empty
Some countries have a great deal more holidays than we do in
the good ole USA.
Delta is more than likely to have you accept the responsibility
of knowing or checking on the dates for these holidays in foreign
countries to plan your travel.
Travel anywhere in the summer is a real challenge and most of
the flights I check for the Forum users have the disclaimer of
embargo - weight critical (LoadOpt) pop up windows.
In Europe it is easy to just fly to another city and take the
eurail train to the other city that was hard to get to.
Not so easy in Asia where you may have to buy a revenue ticket
to circumvent the trouble spot.
Since buddy passes are next to bottom of the standby list one
should always have a plan 'B' or 'C'.
Pass travel in any category does not have the positive travel
expectations that a confirmed revenue ticket does.
Being flexible on time is very critical to getting from A to B.

Closing point - "Sorry" that your plans did not work out as planned !
I am as excited about giving my buddy passes away but not so
excited to explain that as I noted earlier "It is not a walk in park" !

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Re: Oban Holiday in Japan
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2012, 10:26:16 AM »
Thank you so much!  Your so right, so happy to have the benefit to be able to provide buddy passes.  It's not as easy as it used to be, and more complicated to figure out what the actual availability is, but as we past employees know, that can change at a moment's notice.  I love this forum!