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    American Airlines drop tic price but charge change fee

    I booked 2 tics from DFW to AUA for 1/31-2/15 2013 1 month ago for $655 RT ea. today the same exact itinerary is $575 RT pp. I called to see if they would credit me the difference but it will cost me $150 change fee to get $160 back!!!!!!! This is ridiculous.......no wonder they are going bankrupt. What is the incentive to book early. We have traveled this route for 12 years and the fares have consistently been around $775 or higher so I thought $655 was a good fare.......now they have dropped it even lower!

    I am so annoyed!

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    Arrow Not just an American Air thing

    Delta has the same policy on non-refundable tickets. Full fare refundable tickets you can change without a fee on Delta, but again they must be full fare.

    The one time we had full fare tickets, the price on business/first class dropped lower than the tickets we had so we were able to upgrade our class and get the price difference back in $$$.

    The year we paid $650 or $675 on Delta and the fare went on sale for $400 so we "paid" the $150 and took vouchers for the difference. $300 in vouchers for three people was still a good deal so it just depends upon how low the fare goes.

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    It's been like that for a long time... Continental/United has done that - and even if the change in price was more than the change fee - it was a credit voucher issues that had to be used in a year.

    Thats why when booking travel far in advance - I watch the trends. See how the prices go up and down and try to buy low. You dont always win - but thats part of the game!
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    Southwest won't charge a fee and they are the only ones I know that don't charge luggage fees (not sure about Airtran).
    Too bad they don't fly to Aruba

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    Southwest has purchased AirTran and Air Tran flies to Aruba.

    Just so that everyone is clear on the issue, although SW permits changes with no fee, if there is a change in the fare "class" you must pay the difference. In other words, if the cheap seats are gone, they are gone

    http://www.southwest.com/html/air/nochangefee.html
    "fare difference:
    the cost difference between the flight you already purchased and the new flight you booked.

    change fee:
    the penalty other airlines charge when a traveler changes his or her flight."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    Southwest has purchased AirTran and Air Tran flies to Aruba.

    Just so that everyone is clear on the issue, although SW permits changes with no fee, if there is a change in the fare "class" you must pay the difference. In other words, if the cheap seats are gone, they are gone

    http://www.southwest.com/html/air/nochangefee.html
    "fare difference:
    the cost difference between the flight you already purchased and the new flight you booked.

    change fee:
    the penalty other airlines charge when a traveler changes his or her flight."
    That's correct, you have to make sure the lower flight is available, basically your rebooking. I was on AirTran's website earlier looking for Orlando tix and they do charge for baggage so hopefully they will transition to SW policies soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boonie View Post
    That's correct, you have to make sure the lower flight is available, basically your rebooking. I was on AirTran's website earlier looking for Orlando tix and they do charge for baggage so hopefully they will transition to SW policies soon.
    Those bag fees will be in place until they finally shut down airtran, though that will take another year or more.

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    Just waiting for jetblues fares....not till around july.








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