When I travel by air, I usually buy nonrefundable tickets, because refundable ones cost so much more. But I’ve taken to wondering, exactly how nonrefundable are they?
Let’s say I’m in the airport, walking to the gate, and I fall and break my arm. I’ll of course go to the hospital, and miss my flight. Can I call the airline the following day, and switch my tickets to a new flight? Or will they just say, “Tough luck, walk more carefully next time”?
What if I bought tickets for someone else, and they weren’t going to be used? Say, for instance, that I bought a round-trip ticket in my brother’s name, so he could come visit me. But then he says he’s not coming, and I want to recover the money I paid for the tickets. Can I have the airline revoke the tickets and credit me, or will the credit appear in my brother’s name? Can I legally dispute that charge with my credit card company?
(Not that any of this appears likely to happen to me anytime soon. I’m just curious.)
Laugh hard; it’s a long way to the bank.