This is interesting.
We paid in full including business class on our trip for next year. The Air Dept called me a few days ago concerning the routing she got for me. It was totally unsatisfactory. In the past, as I have written in this forum, I always had some flights/itineraries that I like and let the Air Dept know when I called. In all of those times, I got more or less what we wanted--airports, times, routing, because GCT had made contracts with these carriers. This time, guess Florence Italy is not one of the major cities most airlines go to direct, so there aren't enough choices. First, there is a change of airport/planes in Europe, which we rarely have to do. None of the airlines I got when I searched Kayak, and airlines websites had direct non-stop to Florence.
The Air Dept told me that after the first of the year the airlines will probably get their schedules out, even it's less than the 330 days for publishing their flights/prices/routing.
GCT told me if we wanted different routing, the ones that she found, we would have to pay $1000 extra per person (in addition to the business class upgrade we already paid for--that's the $1900 from our departure city and the bus. class upgrade). That is $2000 more for the business class tickets. I had never encountered this type situation, and am not real happy. I agreed to wait until after the holidays and hopefully most of the airlines will have posted new routings/times, airports, etc. I have to say, though, that when I did my research, the schedules/routing/airlines were mostly over $7000 per person for business class EXCEPT for the undesirable ones. GCT was going to book us on these latter type scheules/carriers/airport, the undesirable ones. I have faith in GCT Air, so am waiting patiently for better flights.