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    Angry AA screws us again!

    Bought our tickets for our Aruba trip in Aug for Jan 20 -Feb 24. Paid almost $1,000/2. Not bad, but have had better pricing. Saw the price dropped to $840 for 2 tickets and called to request refund. I was told there is now a reissuing fee of $150-$250/ticket, so we still come out on the short end. When we booked a flight to St. Maarten on Spirit they now charge $15/checked bag, not the $10 they quoted when I bought the tickets, and they want $15 on each leg of the flight to book a seat! Just sick and tired of being screwed on every flight we now take. Don't see any of them lowering fuel surcharges or prices now that fuel is 1/2 of what it was. Frustrated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    Don't see any of them lowering fuel surcharges or prices now that fuel is 1/2 of what it was. Frustrated!
    The price of oil futures traded today (and the price usually quoted) is for delivery in January. Airlines that do not have hedging in place are just now flying on fuel that was purchased at the prices from August. Even the airlines that had hedging programs in place lost huge sums of money for the most part this year. Since airlines weren't able to raise prices fast enough to make up for the rapid rise in fuel costs, they will make it up as the prices go down.

    All of that said, in many cases, airfares have been too low for a while now. You generally pay less for flights now than 20 years ago in raw dollars, let alone when adjusted for inflation. It should cost more to get to Disney World than it costs to get in.

    You can't have full service and wal-mart pricing in any industry and the airlines are no exception. Fares will go down again, but it will take some time and they will hopefully remain at a level that people can afford while still allowing for some level of stability within the industry.

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    Delta

    Be careful with Delta also as they charge $100.00 per ticket for any "change" and their definition of change is anything even if a word is spelled wrong on the e ticket. Am currently at "war" with them over that issue on air award seats via Amex card who says "they hear this all the time"

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    jetblue doesn't charge anything for getting a refund on the price difference. and you can continue to collect that refund up to the date of your departure.

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    Jet Blue from what I understand is about the only one who does NOT charge a change fee any longer.

    If anyone else knows an airline which has the same policy as JB, please list it here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    Jet Blue from what I understand is about the only one who does NOT charge a change fee any longer.

    If anyone else knows an airline which has the same policy as JB, please list it here.
    United is still refunding the difference if your fare goes down after you book it - with no change fee.
    ~Amy~ - 35th trip to Aruba: New Years Eve 2017/2018 -- Zihuatanejo, MX: March 2018 -- Ireland: June/July 2018 -- 36th trip to Aruba: Sept. 2018




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    You may start seeing prices come down soon. A number of major airlines have set up specials through x-mas due to reduced demand and Delta has added a second daily flight for the high season, not sure on the start date though.

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    Orbitz now advertises that if you buy from them and the price goes down they will pay you the difference in cash.

    That may be the wave of the future. Find sites that offer those kind of deals.

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