When traveling always realize whether you fly first class or economy you get the same peanuts and stewards. You are not traveling because of the flight you are traveling because you want the destination and all of it’s perks. Saving money for your destination is better than coming back home broke with 2 bags instead of 10. If possible try to get refundable tickets. If you can’t get them it’s okay because they are usually at a higher premium. They really don’t want to refund and they really want to rip you off anyway they can. They know you are excited and will spend.
Most people believe they have to fly all the time to build points. That’s also a lie. Point cards are the best way to build and get free flights for even shorter trips. Don’t forget to use the same card to build more points for the shorter destinations. Utilize all maps (in English unless you speak that language) and travel apps to gain even more points and knowledge of the areas buses and trains. The cab companies love tourists and they over charge.
- American Airlines does not refund your ticket price except when the passenger dies or when cancellation is due to military orders. To change your ticket is typically $200 for domestic tickets.
- Delta Airlines does not offer refunds and charges a $200 change fee for domestic flights
- Frontier Airlines charges $99 to refund or modify Economy reservations.
- JetBlue change fee varies based on timing and ticket price. 60 days or more before the flight changes and cancellations are $70. Within 60 days, the fee will range from $70-$135 based on ticket price.
- Southwest Airlines has no change fees, you can apply 100% of the price on all fares to future flights; only Business Select and Anytime fares qualify for refunds.
- Spirit Airlines change or cancellation fees start at $110 per customer, per booking.
- Sun Country charges $100 to change a domestic ticket, if you cancel your ticket you can keep the flight credit for up to a year sans the $100 change fee.
- United Airlines does not offer refunds (except in the event of death or jury duty) and charges $200 to change domestic flights.
- Virgin America charges $100-$150 to change or cancel reservations based on the region.
WHEN TO BUY A REFUNDABLE AIRLINE TICKET?
- Only if there is a real chance that your dates or plans will need to change. For non-business travel, this almost never happens. Issues can always come up last minute, but they tend to be rare. So I use this approach for deciding when it might be worth it.
- For trips with a moderate but real chance your ticket will need to be changed, book refundable only when the price is close to the cost of a cheap ticket + cancellation fees.
- For trips with a high likelihood of change or cancellation, refundable is likely the best choice since you’re probably going to forfeit $200+ for changes and it would be better to recoup the entire cost of the ticket.