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How To Switch Your Airline Ticket Without Paying Fee

December 10, 2018

Making travel plans for the holidays is stressful enough, so when you learn that you booked your flight for the wrong date and you have to pay $200 to change it, it usually makes a stressful situation worse. But switching a flight after you've already paid for it doesn't have to be expensive. With some insider knowledge, you can rearrange your travel plans while avoiding the extra fees all together. While the big airlines, like American, Delta and United, charge $200 to change your tickets, Allegiant and JetBlue charge some of the smallest fees as low as $75 depending on your ticket and Southwest charges customers nothing at all even if they cancel the day of their flight.  Regardless of what airline you choose, the Department of Transportation has a 24 hour rule, meaning you are entitled to a full refund if you change or cancel your airline ticket within the first 24 hours of booking, as long as the flight is at least seven days ahead of departure. If the 24-window has already passed, check to see if your credit card offers trip cancellation insurance. Depending on the reason for your change of plans (illness, injury, bad weather, and even getting laid off may qualify you), your card may reimburse you up to $10,000 for the unused ticket. When all else fails, your best option is to wait until the absolute last minute to switch your ticket. There's a chance that weather or scheduling issues may push back the flight or cancel it all together—if that's the case, you may be able to get a refund on a flight you never intended to board.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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