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Airfare FAQs

Our convenient airfare packages make it easy to reserve your complete adventure with just one phone call. They include round-trip airfare, pre- and post-tour accommodations, overseas transfers for some tours, and all breakfasts. Plus, our partnerships with major airlines let us offer them at extremely advantageous pricing. We recognize that travelers may have questions our airfare options that we offer. To help you better understand  option, we’ve collected the answers to many of the most common questions we hear.

What is the difference between a traditional Country Walkers Guided Walking tour and a Flight + Tour Combo?

For decades, our walking tours have been celebrated for bringing you the best of the world, one step at a time. They include many meals, follow off-the-beaten-track routes, and showcase accomplished, local guides. Flight + Tour Combos simply add the convenience of letting us handle all of your travel arrangements to this already exceptional experience. They include two extra nights of hotel accommodations (as listed), all overseas transfers, affordably priced airfare, and the option of adding Pre- or Post-Tour Extensions. Since your flights are being planned by the creators of your tour, you can count on them to meld seamlessly with the rest of your itinerary.

What is the difference between a traditional Country Walkers Self-Guided Walking tour and the Self-Guided Flight Concierge (aka Self-Guided with Air package)?

Our Self-Guided Walking tours are a great way to enjoy your vacation your way. They include detailed maps and route notes so you can easily navigate and seamless luggage transfers that whisk your bags from hotel to hotel while you’re out walking. When you add air, you’ll be getting an itinerary from our expert air department at a great price due to our partnerships with major airlines. You’ll also have the option to add on pre- or post-tour nights in some locations.

What airlines will I be flying?

We work with most major carriers worldwide to offer you the best flights at the best prices. Air itineraries are selected with a focus on finding the best routing available.

When will I receive my flight itinerary?

Your flight itinerary will be emailed to you soon (usually within two weeks) after you reserve your trip, but you are still free to request changes until 95 days prior to departure. If any changes are made to the flights, either at your request or by the airlines, we will email an updated itinerary to you, showing the current flight plan. If you reserve more than 10 months prior to departure, you will receive your itinerary around 10 months prior to departure when flights become available to book.

Can I choose my seats?

We request the best seats available when we reserve your flights, based on what we’ve found to be most popular with our past guests. Should you have a particular preference, please tell your Tour Consultants when reserving. We want to make your trip as smooth and comfortable as possible. By default, here’s what we look for:

  • For a solo guest, we look for an aisle seat.
  • For two guests traveling together, we look for an aisle seat and adjacent seat.
  • For all guests, we look for seats in side rows (not the middle section), as far forward in the plane as possible.
  • You may see your current seat requirements online any time at CheckMyTrip.com

Please note that airlines don’t always allow pre-selection of seats on all flights. All seat requests are honored at the discretion of the airlines and are subject to change by the airlines at any time. If Country Walkers is not able to select a seat when reserving your flight, you may contact the airline directly once tickets are issued to see if seats can be requested. Though we don’t charge a fee for seat selection, some airlines do, so if you request seats from the airline directly, there may be a charge—typically around $35 per flight segment. Some flights are designated as “Airport Check In Only.” This means that no passengers are allowed to select seats until the check in period, which is generally 24 hours before the flight. Country Walkers guests are subject to this restriction.

Can I fly out of a departure city that isn’t listed?

We’re happy to take requests for departure cities that aren’t on our list. When you make your reservation, ask your Tour Consultant about flying from your home city. Typically, we will be able to provide routing and pricing details within just a few days. Additional costs may apply and will be quoted to you.

What if I’d like to choose my own airlines, select different travel dates, or upgrade to first class?

Customized Air Packages offer many individual options including choice of airlines, departure city, time, and route. You can request premium economy or business class seats as well. If you’re hoping to linger awhile in your destination, we welcome you to select flight dates up to 30 days before or after your tour. Please note that there is a fee associated with Customized Air Packages, and additional charges may apply.

Am I more likely to have a long layover or extra connections because Country Walkers is arranging my flights?

Your comfort is our top priority. When selecting flights, we will look for itineraries with the fewest connections possible. While some flights will require multiple stops, we do everything we can to keep your route simple, selecting the most direct flights our partners offer and, wherever possible, avoiding long layovers.

Can I use airline points or miles to pay for upgrades through Country Walkers?

In order to offer the advantageous pricing that Country Walkers is proud to provide, we work within very strict guidelines dictated by our airline partners. Unfortunately, that means that most itineraries cannot be supplemented with air miles. When tickets have been issued, you may be able use miles to upgrade directly with the airlines.*
*If your membership rules require the tickets to be issued in a certain booking class for upgrade, please tell your Tour Consultant. We will be happy to let you know whether we can issue the tickets in that booking class and, if so, whether there will be a difference in cost.

Will I earn frequent flier miles or points on my Country Walkers flights?

If you belong to a frequent flyer program, you may be able to receive credit for some or all of the miles you travel, depending on the airline. All decisions about air miles are made by the airline and cannot be influenced by Country Walkers. To find out if you qualify, you will need to contact the airline directly. Please save your boarding passes, as they may be required as proof of flight.

Can I select seats in an “extra legroom” area, exit row, bulkhead, or other special economy class?

Upgraded economy seats may be available for an extra charge once your tickets have been issued, either directly through the airline or with the help of our friendly Guest Services team. Please contact us at 800.234.6900 for further details!

Are there additional fees related to air travel added to my invoice?

All airline surcharges and government taxes and fees are included in the Flight + Tour Combo price. There may be additional costs for departing from a different airport or customizing your package.

What happens if my flight is delayed?

Your final trip documents will include the phone number and email address of our 24/7 emergency assistance line. All airlines are responsible for rebooking travelers on the next available flight. The assistance team can help advise you on how best work with the airlines to arrive at your destination as well as guide you on your next steps for additional scenarios.

Can I make changes to my air itinerary after I’ve reserved my trip?

Change requests can be made at any time until final payment date, allowing you maximum flexibility. There are no administrative change fees, but there may be other costs involved in fulfilling the request. We will advise you of those costs before confirming the request.

What happens if the airline makes changes to the flights?

All commercial flights are subject to change at any time by the airline, including those flights we schedule on your behalf. While flight schedule changes can mean big changes, Country Walkers will be handling most of the work, so big changes don’t mean big headaches. If anything changes, we will notify you and send you an updated itinerary, so you can travel with confidence.

Is there a minimum age requirement for reserving a Flight + Tour Combo?

Country Walkers requires that guests be at least 13 years of age to participate in our North American vacations and at least 16 years old for our international vacations.

Can I check my flight itinerary online?

Absolutely! Your flight itinerary will be emailed to you approximately two weeks after you reserve your trip, and it will contain a booking reference number. You can then go to Checkmytrip.com and use that number and your last name to register. If you reserve more than 10 months prior to departure, you will receive your itinerary around 10 months prior to departure when flights become available to book.

Do I need a current passport to make a Flight + Tour Combo reservation?

Country Walkers strongly recommends having a current passport when making your reservation in order to avoid any fees that will apply should you need to make any changes more than 2 weeks after reserving. Please also make sure that your passport is valid until six months after your return date. With all of that said, we are capable of making a reservation without an up-to-date passport, we just don’t advise it. When making a flight reservation, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) mandates that flyers provide their Secure Flight passenger information exactly as it appears on the passport they plan to use when traveling.  Your first, middle, and last name as they appear on your passport are required to make a reservation, although your middle name will not show on your e-ticket itinerary.

When will tickets be issued?

Tickets are usually issued about one month prior to your departure date, though timing may vary. They can also be issued earlier upon request. Please note that once your tickets are created, we can no longer make changes to your flight itinerary, so you’ll want to be certain that all your arrangements are final prior to requesting them. Your flights will still be subject to change by the airlines at all times. Tickets are nonrefundable once issued.

Can I check into my hotel room upon arrival?

Your hotel room may not be available until 2:00 or 3:00 pm, however, you may store your luggage at the reception desk while you explore the city.

Can you tell me about the new personal identification requirements for air travel in the United States?

Yes, any U.S. citizen traveling by air within the continental U.S. is required to carry either a valid passport or a REAL ID in order to comply with the REAL ID Act. Most REAL IDs have a star on the top right corner of its state-issued driver’s license or identification card signifying compliance, however, a few states (Hawaii, Tennessee, Ohio, and Utah) have issued compliant REAL IDs without a star. You can learn more about the REAL ID here.

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