We finally have our airline tickets booked. I thought it would be straight-forward once we had our travel dates, but it took a couple of days to connect with the travel agent we used last time. And by that time, we had started researching airfares on kayak.com and airline websites. By the time we connected with him, we had already found a pretty good deal online and decided to book it ourselves.
For adoptive families waiting to travel, I will say it was very helpful using a travel agent the first time we adopted. Our travel agent was able to find some discounted seats in the economy plus section of Eva Air; he also arranged for us to be seated in the bulkhead row on the way home where we could use a baby bassinet; and when we changed our flight home from Taiwan, he made all the changes and was available by phone when we had a ticketing problem for our connecting flight in the states. We selected seats on our return flight in the bulkhead area, and called the airline to request the baby bassinet. . .so I’m hopeful we will have use of that once again on this trip. Here’s a photo of our older son sleeping in the bassinet when we brought him home from Taiwan in 2009.
Now, on to booking hotels and finishing up paperwork that needs to be mailed to AIT in Taiwan before our son’s visa appointment.