I am having a right headache at the moment.
Having had a Driven Boar trip cancelled at the last minute was sure I could slot in with another fairly easily.
However, I managed to find an agent with a spare slot or two but had to arrange my own flight to Berlin, no problem thinks I, wonderful thing the Internet.
Promptly finds a cheap-ish flight with BMI through a company called eDreams, informs them of my intention to carry sporting firearms and pays my money.
It went from £81.19 to £202.44 when all the extras were added, so a bill of £404.87 for myself and my buddy.
That was on the 4th November and was given a booking reference, so all was looking good.
I decided to check with the airline to make sure they had been informed that we were carrying firearms, so plugged in my booking reference and had a flight confirmation with a price of 482 Euros, not £404.87, but no mention of firearms.
On the 8th November I am told by the booking agency that the carrying of Firearms has not been confirmed yet but when authority is given I can expect an additional carriage charge of £100.00.
I contacted BMI direct and was told the charge is correct and is £50.00 each way to be paid at check in.
Today I get an e mail from eDreams informing me that the carrying of firearms has still not been authorised and that the flight tickets have not yet been confirmed and will not be until authorisation has been given and that the price quoted initially was wrong and is now £553.26 not £404.87 as quoted initially.
I keep going outside my house looking for that bloody great black Raven that must be flying overhead as he doesn't seem to be sitting on my shoulder like I would expect him to be, but with the luck I have been having lately I reckon the bugger must be nesting above my bed !!
So my question is, has anybody any good advice ref flights with firearms, just in case I decide to take a chance with the same company again next year ?
I have tried to do some more chasing this evening, but like all things, the office is closed until Monday leaving me an even shorter time to get it sorted.