So I STILL don't have my plane tickets.
I have the information from the airlines that there is space on the plane for the pets.
The flight is book through a United Airlines flight number. United does not allow parrots. At all.
So if I am booked through United, I have to make pet reservations through them. So no parrots allowed.
But in order to be booked on the same flight but with a Scandinavian Airlines flight number, I have to get permission...a "Foreign Flag Approval." In other words, I need to justify why I am not "flying American."
And remember, the ticket to be on this flight is going to cost me $1600 over what the government will pay because it is the only flight my bird can go on but not the cheapest flight the government could find for me.
But wait. It gets better.
So I looked online for one-way tickets to Tallinn....really expensive. More than the rate that I already have reserved.
But if I buy a round trip ticket for the SAME FLIGHT, it will cost me $1336. That's right...round trip will cost me less than I have to pay one way.
So now I am thinking the smart thing for me to do is buy my own damn ticket. I can schedule the return for January so I can help my wife packout...something I was planning to do anyway. Then I can just get a ticket back to Estonia in January.
But it really galls me to have to pay for my own way to post.