I've been reading all of your comments about the air scheduling, and was sitting here happy that I didn't think I had to worry. But, just for the heck of it, I went to my air itinerary for Ireland in May, and sure enough, there was a change in two flights. The first one is minor, leaving a half hour later for Belfast. The return was the problem--they originally booked us on a flight that would get us to our final destination in Phoenix at 6:10 pm, in time for us to drive home in daylight since neither of us can drive at night.
The new schedule now gets us in at 8:33 pm, so it will be dark. We probably will have to get a room for the night--it's only 50 miles to home from the airport, but it's hard for us to see to drive at that time.
Like I suspected it is an airline scheduling problem--they eliminated the earlier flight. There are several flights numbered United (we're flying Continental), operated by US Airways, but after talking with GCT Air Dept this afternoon, United and Continental are insisting on their own carrier schedules, even though they are one airline now. So, we are stuck, too with the later flight and also longer connection time . If we did find a flight we would want to change to, we would have to pay for the flight. This would mean we would forfeit part of the funds we paid for business class and incur additional cost for 2 more suitable flights. We decided to just keep the schedule they have now.
This is our last International trip, we've seen all of Europe we wanted to see, including living in Europe and Asia over 23 years and traveling since we retired in 2000 every year to Europe. Our travels will be this side of the Atlantic. But, still, we always dread the air portion the most--we always enjoy in between; and we still don't want to travel with any other company--we'll stick with GCT.