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Your plans have changed and now you have to change the ticket? Today we will tell you whether it can be done and how. And also with what difficulties you can face when exchanging an air ticket.
Change air ticket
The most common reason for ticket exchange is the change in the departure date.
Whether it is possible to change the ticket or not depends on the tariff rules for which it was purchased. If you regularly read our blog, you already know that there are non-return flights, but in addition, there are also non-refundable. Fortunately, they are rarely found, as a rule on flights from budget carriers.
How can I know if I can exchange an air ticket?
To do this, even before buying a ticket, you need to familiarize yourself with the rules of application of the tariff (the rules of return and exchange). You should be interested in the "Changes" item:
CHARGE EUR 50.00 FOR REISSUE / REVALIDATION.
Prior to departure, changes in the ticket are allowed upon payment of a fine of 50 euros.
Learning about the penalty should not be relaxed ahead of time, perhaps this is not the final cost of a change in the ticket. Almost always in the tariff rules, you can find the following phrase:
PASSENGER PAYS THE DIFFERENCE IN FARE PLUS
CHANGE OF RESERVATION FEE IF ANY APPLIES.
This means that in addition to the fine, you must pay and the difference in the cost of tariffs.
Let's look at an example:
You bought an air ticket at the "T" tariff for $ 100 with a flight on March 1, then decided to change the departure date for March 15. At 15.03, there are air tickets at the following rates:
«I» - 60 $
«T» - 100 $
«Y» - 120 $
Penalty for exchange of tickets - $ 20
By the rules, you can not change your ticket for an air ticket at the "I" tariff, thereby saving you money. You can change only for a ticket at the same rate that was or is more expensive.
If you choose the same "T" tariff, then pay only $ 20 fine. If you choose a more expensive tariff or tickets at the "T" tariff will not be available, then $ 20 (fine) + $ 20 (difference in the cost of tariffs "U" and "T" - 120 $ -100 $) = $ 40.
What types of exchange can be done?
The full list is listed in the rules of your tariff. For example:
REBOOKING / REISSUE IS A ROUTING / DATE / FARE BASIS /
You can change the date and time of departure or arrival, as well as the type of tariff. Some tariffs also allow for a routing (ROUTING) and, in the rarest cases, the passenger name (NAME CHANGE PERMITTED FOR A FEE AND UPGRADE).
But buying a cheap air ticket, you often find the phrase:
REROUTING IS NOT PERMITTED - changing the route is prohibited.
When can I change the ticket?
The answer to this question also depends on the tariff rules. As a rule, changes to the ticket are allowed only before departure.
AFTER DEPARTURE CHANGES NOT PERMITTED or
CHANGES NOT PERMITTED IN CASE OF NO-SHOW
However, there are tariffs that allow changes even after the plane has taken off, but the exchange penalty, in this case, will be greater:
NO-SHOW ADDITIONAL PENALTY 25EUR APPLIES FOR CHANGE
Pay attention to the phrase NO-SHOW - non-appearance on the flight. From what point it is considered NO-SHOW depends on the airline. This may be a non-attendance for registration (registration for your flight has already been completed) or a non-appearance for landing (boarding is over).
How can I change the ticket?
All modifications with a ticket must be made through the agent from whom you bought the air ticket.
If the ticket was bought by an airline, then only through an airline.
Contact them by phone or e-mail, give your details and the date you want to change the ticket. You will get acquainted with the rules of the fare and the size of the fine, and also tell how you can pay for the difference in tariffs and the fine.
Some booking services and airline sites allow you to make changes to the ticket online in your account on the site.
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