Changing flight dates for cheap? (American Airlines)
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Aug 4, 2010 9:19 PM Last Post By: jimmydueck
Dec 12, 2009 12:31 PM
Changing flight dates for cheap? (American Airlines)So I'm trying to change my flight dates with American Airlines on a trip to Ecuador. I'm only changing a few days and there is no price difference in the fares but there is a $200 change fee. Anyone have any advice on how to get around this? Thanks.
Dec 12, 2009 7:00 PM
Dec 13, 2009 7:29 AM
2You got a cheaper fare because of that restriction on date changes, so it's totally pointless to even try to get around that restriction (I'm pretty sure it says very clearly in the conditions of your ticket that date changes are only allowed if you pay for them). If you'd paid more for your ticket in the first place, you'd be allowed to make one or more date changes free of charge.
Congratulations, you've just found out why some people pay $300 for their ticket, and the person next to them pay $500 for the same trip. Put it down to experience. And next time when you book, don't fall for the cheapest fare, but first think about the amount of flexibility you want.
Dec 14, 2009 5:40 AM
3As the others suggest, you're caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. Don't know your plans in Ecuador, but keeping in mind that we're on the Shoestring branch, I highly recommend taking a boat trip to Isla de la Plata. It's a mini-Galapagos and I paid around $35 for the boat trip, lite breakfast, hiking around the island (the blue-footed boobies were SO cute!), snorkeling among reefs while the boat was anchored (parrot fish, angel fish and more!), and a sandwich lunch. Really a great deal! My other recommendation is Montanita. Way too much fun! Kinda like Cuzco by the ocean. Buen viaje!
Dec 14, 2009 7:55 AM
4I'm not sure what AAs policy is, but I was faced with the same situation on Delta last year. I fabricated a court summons, sent them a copy of it and they changed the flight for free. The only hiccup was they asked me to fax it after I sent it via email. They are very easy to make with some scanning, cutting, copy and pasting.
Dec 20, 2009 4:49 PM
5thats how airline business model works. check the cancellation policy though I doubt if it allows cancellation. You have to suck it up...Other fare class doesnt allow rebooking, at least ur allowed to do so for a fee. I once booked a ticket worth 600 usd which doesnt allow rebooking and doesnt allow cancellation, so no choice but to throw it, now I learned my lesson....
Aug 4, 2010 9:19 PM
6sorry.. but that makes no sense.
i own a business, and i give refunds and exchanges with no extra hidden charges.
my competition does not, and thats the reason i outsell all of them.
airlines would stop over charging, then they'd start making money again.
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