What is the standard cancellation fee?

Old Feb 13th, 2003, 07:11 PM
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What is the standard cancellation fee?

Does anyone know what the standard cancellation fee is? Is it per ticket?

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Old Feb 13th, 2003, 08:17 PM
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Cancellation fees vary per airline and routing. For most American carriers, the fee for a non-refundable domestic ticket is $100, international $150-200. Some low-budget carriers charge $50-75 but Southwest Airlines do not charge a change/cancellation fee at all. For certain non-refundable fares, a platinum or gold member of the respective airline is not charged a fee. Some fares are truly non-refundable - use it or lose it, residual value null and void. There are too many non-sensical variables about airline penalty fees to list, the only one consistency is that the fees are charged per each ticket. One more thing, all of the information provided is as of today, the moment I type this. The airlines have a habit of changing their policies when the mood strikes them. Hope this helps.
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Old Feb 13th, 2003, 08:42 PM
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Great reply Fantasia!. I totally agree.
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Old Feb 14th, 2003, 06:03 AM
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SouthwestAirlines doe snot charge a fee to change a ticket.However,if the particular discount you originally booked/paid for is not available,then you do have to pay the additonal airfare.If you do not use a nonrefundable ticket with SW,it remains as a "credit" for a year.The credit can be used by you or anyone you so choose.You just have to remember to keep track of the original confirmaiton number.The "use it or lose it" rule stinks.It means you have to change your reservation and have your ticket reissued no later thah midnite of the date you were originally scheduled to fly.If you wait even ONE DAY, you are s.o.l.AmericaWest is the major exception.There are undoubtedly others as well.For me,if there is any doubt in my travel,I will book AmericaWest or Southwest.
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Old Feb 16th, 2003, 01:58 PM
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A non-refundable ticket cannot be
"canceled", so there is not "standard cancellation fee". You cannot change your mind and get your money back minus a fee. If you need a refundable ticket, buy a refundable ticket, but of course you will be paying a lot more money.

However, most carriers will allow changes to a ticket with a change fee (even a complete re-routing) for up to one year after original booking. The fee varies by airline and the type of ticket (domestic is $100-$125 usually, more for international tickets).

As others have mentioned, some of the "budget" carriers charge lower change fees - Southwest has none, JetBlue's was only $25 last I checked.

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Old Feb 17th, 2003, 06:23 AM
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I just had to cancel an Australia - Zurich return ticket that cost me $3,000 Australian dollars and incurred a $1,000 cancellation fee. Ouch.
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