Here’s Why You May Not Want An Airline Voucher For A Canceled Flight – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Got a summer trip planned that was all about flying? The coronavirus pandemic is costing airlines billions of dollars in lost revenue as Americans wonder if it is safe to fly. While airlines change their policies to sanitize planes, make masks mandatory, separate passengers, and even block center seats, many are still reluctant to board a plane.
Can you get a refund once you’ve booked a trip?
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“If an airline canceled a flight that you had a ticket on, the airline owes you a refund, period,” said Scott Keyes, founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights, an air travel website.
Sounds easy, but what if you decide not to fly due to fear of flying amid the coronavirus pandemic? Then it becomes difficult and you could lose your money.
“If you have a trip planned for the end of this month and have mentally decided not to take this trip, you should wait as long as possible to cancel. If the airline cancels your trip, you will definitely be entitled to a refund by law. If you voluntarily cancel your planned trip, you will receive a voucher, ”explains Keyes.
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“You don’t want to do anything, and if you don’t show up, you won’t get anything,” Keyes said.
Most airlines don’t charge any rebooking fees for the time being, but if you’re sitting on tickets for an upcoming flight or have a voucher and have booked yourself, you need to keep an eye on the fine print.
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“Every airline is so pressured on cash right now that they see more money going out the door for refunds than coming in for new ticket bookings. They do everything to limit refunds to save cash. “