Changing and Canceling Airline Tickets

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Changing and Canceling Airline Tickets

Does anyone have any experience with changing or canceling airline tickets? We're in the situation that we may need to cancel an upcoming trip to Disneyland, and we already have six tickets booked with United. If I read the website right, we have to pay $150 a ticket to change them! Yowza... maybe it will just be better to go.

I've never had to change a ticket before, is it easy? Can you just put the rest of the money into an airline credit or will I have to know my new dates? I'm so stressed over this vacation right now and these tickets. I've never had to try an vacation on a super tight budget before and I feel like if I want to go to Disneyland I need a crash course. My biggest thing is that I don't even know if it's worth it to try and change these airline tickets.

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I think most airlines now charge change fees. Its absolutely ridiculous but its an unfortunate reality. Sorry.

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When you buy the discount airfare (which we all do, the rest are so expensive) it's always been very expensive to change in my experience. Usually something in the $100 change fee, plus any fare difference. Usually not worth changing unless you absolutely have to, or if it's an expensive ticket.

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I believe United also says you have to use the tickets within a year after the change.
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I've had to cancel a flight twices but both were business trips on the company card. The first time was on United, and I had a year to use the credit. The most recent was in December on USAirways. I'm not sure what the deal is with the credit.

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Ugh... using it within a year is going to create even a larger problem. I was hoping that I would be able to use them June 2013, but that won't work out. Good grief! Okay, it's settled then. I absolutely have to figure out how to make this trip to Disneyland in May work.

So stressed over this trip... Tired

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I've had to cancel a flight with delta once. It was a hassle and customer service was a bear to deal with. If i remember right, i had to pay $75 and had a year to use the miles from that ticket. I hope it works out for you!

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Kristen K. wrote:
Does anyone have any experience with changing or canceling airline tickets? We're in the situation that we may need to cancel an upcoming trip to Disneyland, and we already have six tickets booked with United. If I read the website right, we have to pay $150 a ticket to change them! Yowza... maybe it will just be better to go.

I've never had to change a ticket before, is it easy? Can you just put the rest of the money into an airline credit or will I have to know my new dates? I'm so stressed over this vacation right now and these tickets. I've never had to try an vacation on a super tight budget before and I feel like if I want to go to Disneyland I need a crash course. My biggest thing is that I don't even know if it's worth it to try and change these airline tickets.

Yes, I've had to change flights with Jetblue and paid the $100 per person change fee. Changing was easy, paying for the change was not so fun. Fortunately, the new flights were cheaper than the old ones so the difference balanced out to me paying $50 instead of $200.

Also, I now try to book with Southwest they don't have ANY CHANGE FEES! wow! I love it.

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It stinks that this ever has to happen, and that you have to go to disney stressed, but once you get there all the stress will go away and you will figure out a way to make it work

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senseicj wrote:
you have to go to disney stressed, but once you get there all the stress will go away and you will figure out a way to make it work

Thanks so much, I think your right. I think that once I get there it will be okay. I wrote out a food plan that saves almost $1000 from what we had originally planned on spending. We're going to just pack into carry-ons, so we won't have to worry about checked baggage fees. We're also going to do one less park day, which will save $100 for our family. Things will work out, I just have to keep thinking positive... and pray.. to any and all gods willing to listen LOL!!

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I'm glad you were able to find creative ways to make this work for your family. I know you guys will still have a great time! awesome

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we did have this similar problem once a few years ago we had some unexpected bills and could not change flights. we were in wdw, with no car so no access to the outside world. luckily we had a 1 bedroom so we ordered grocery delivery and ate every meal in the room except for one breakfast and one dinner, it stunk having to go back and forth to the room so much but you do what you have to and it all worked out great

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Thanks so much for sharing your story with me, I'm so glad to hear that it all worked out. Disneyland is much smaller than WDW, so I don't think going back to the room is going to bug me that much. I hope at least. I think I'm just going to take a really laid back approach.