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Old April 25th, 2013, 09:23 AM
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Default Change your flight? Be ready to pay through the nose!

The process of getting to your cruise, just got a bit harder, and, more costly if you have to change your flight. The change fee,[$200.00] domestic, [$300.00 int'l] plus, the higher cost of the new ticket, can send your blood pressure into the stratosphere.

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Old April 25th, 2013, 09:36 AM
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Heck: That's just the "change" fee. You will still have to pay the difference in the current cost of the new ticket. This can end up costing you A LOT of money.

Last January we wanted to extend our time in Florida. Called Delta to see about changing our return flight tickets. The change fee was $100 but the new ticket would have been $800 more. (That included what we already paid) That would have been a total of $1800 for the two of us. The original cost of the tickets was $800.

Needless to say: We went home.

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Found myself at the airport hours early for a flight. Was sitting at my gate and the flight there was going to the same airport that I was flying to. I asked the gate agent it the flight was full. He asked if I was an "elite" or whatever with their frequent flyer program. If I was not they would have to charge me a change fee. So the airline would rather fly an empty seat than fill one now and possibly be able to resell my original seat.

I opted to save the change fee and enjoy an adult beverage across the hall.
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Southwest does not charge a change fee and is one of few airlines where luggage is still included. Unfortunately they are always higher than Spirit so I've been going discount lately.
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My driving radius for a cruise gets larger every year it seems, because the air fares and fees are pushing me to spend the time driving rather than flying.

I'm currently as far south as Port Canaveral for driving, and Port Everglades may not be too far now.
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DW and I had to change a flight we'd booked for our cruise and we were charged $150 per ticket. We were also charged $25 each cancellation fee. Since the price of the new tickets were less than our old ones the airlines gave us useless vouchers for the remaining balance of the old tickets totaling $82. The vouchers were only good for 3 months. Can you say "expired". Paid right through the nose. That's something we won't soon be doing again.
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First, this is why travel insurance is always a good idea because if the change is caused by something outside of your control, it could very well be covered under your insurance.

But the change fees for some airlines aren't engraved in concrete and have been modified depending on the circumstances. For example, we had two couples on the cancelled Carnival Sunshine cruise and when they explained this to the airline, the airline only charged them one change fee for the two tickets instead of charging one change for each ticket.

But I appreciate what green_rd said about asking to be moved to an earlier flight. Had this happen just last week to a client. They got to the gate alot sooner than they thought and there was a flight leaving in 20 minutes, which was 2 hours earlier than their scheduled flight. The plane had 18 seats available but the airline would not allow them to get on that flight unless they paid $100 for each ticket as a change fee. Seriously? Obviously, they said no and just waited for their original flight, which turned out to be overbooked!! Gee, what's wrong with this picture?? It ended up costing the airline alot more money because of people getting bumped and it all could have been avoided with a little common sense. (Sorry, I realize common sense is a bad word.)

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My driving radius for a cruise gets larger every year it seems, because the air fares and fees are pushing me to spend the time driving rather than flying.

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Before I moved to Florida, I drove twice from Connecticut to Ft. Lauderdale to cruise without flying.

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Wow Manuel, that is a long drive! I'm not up that distance, at least not yet.
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For us...We would never drive to Lauderdale to cruise..the farthest we would drive, would be to leave out of NY.

I think the drive down is filled with anticipation, the drive home, filled with dread.
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As we all know travel Insurance is very specific and it doesn't cover everything and every situation that may arise. It is a must have. My situation was also very specific (to me) but no covered under the travel insurance that we had. Unless it is a covered situation, don't change your flight.
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Yep, with travel insurance you have to be careful. Many places sell travel protection and not travel insurance. Travel protection is not covered under your State's insurance commission and is not as good as travel insurance.

But as you mentioned, each travel insurance company is different, so it's important to do your homework. Your agent can be invaluable in this situation. And don't automatically assume the biggest name is the best. In fact, we use to sell insurance from 5 different companies, one in particular is one of the biggest names in the industry - we had to fire them because their customer service sucked!

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Alaska is only $75, not too bad
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Wow Manuel, that is a long drive! I'm not up that distance, at least not yet.
Our drive had a dual purpose. I wanted to explore Florida and spend some time in the area that we planned to move to.
We were retired by then, so we could take the time to look around and check out neighborhoods and such.

We visited many places before and after our cruises and we learned and enjoyed the experience.

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Question Australia change of flight fees

I experienced the same thing when I changed my final leg of the return journey, for a stop over in Dubia, same flight but 2 days later, cost me $450 aust, lucky the original flights were reduced by about that much as I booked almost a year ahead! still, I can understand a fee to alter the booking, but why so much? The change was also 6 months ahead of my cruise time.
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