You may have been reading a lot in the news lately about how most major airlines are permanently abolishing their change fees. This is great news, right?
Yes, it absolutely is great news BUT (there's always a but, isn't there?), if you don't handle your flight reservation properly you could end up paying $200 per person (or more) if you can't travel as originally scheduled.
What's the catch?
The catch is that the airlines are waiving change fees only. They are not waiving cancellation fees. If you need to cancel a flight, handling it the wrong way could cost you $200 or more.
You have three options if you find that you can't take your scheduled flight.
You can reschedule the flight
You can cancel the flight and "bank" the funds to be used at a later time
You can cancel the flight outright
With options 1 or 2, you will receive a credit in the full amount of the airfare that you paid toward a new flight.
With option 3, however, you will pay a cancellation fee which starts at $200 per person on most airlines.
That could be one expensive mistake.
With all the changes in the travel industry, it's important to fully understand what is being offered, especially when it comes to cancellation and refund policies. It can be confusing and making the wrong choice could cost you a lot of money.
In this strange new world, it is more important than ever to have a professional travel advisor (like me!) on your side. If you have questions about a trip you have planned, even if I didn't book it, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to help. We are all in this together.
If you're ready to get a trip on the books, let's chat. There are some amazing deals available for travel right through 2022!
Until we meet again, stay well.