Are Non-Refundable Airline Tickets Refundable?

by Steve Dasseos on July 18, 2008

We are planning to purchase non-refundable airline tickets. Expedia told us the tickets are refundable – we would lose only the handling fee (around $200) but keep the face value and we must use it in next year. Does that mean if we cancel our trip for a covered reason, we might not get full cash refund of our air ticket? Mimi

Hi Mimi, this is a common question since there’s so much misinformation about what part, if any, of an airline ticket is refundable.

Even though Expedia told you the tickets are refundable, the truth is they are non-refundable. Otherwise, why would they force you to pay a change fee instead of refunding your money? In reality, you will never get you your money back if you can’t travel. If you choose to pay the approximately $200 handling fee, you can re-use your tickets within one year. The big drawback to paying the handling fee is if you cannot travel within the year because the tickets are non-transferable to someone else.

Compare this to one of our pre-screened travel insurance plans, which, if you cancel your trip for a covered reason, you are reimbursed you based on what you actually paid out of pocket for your tickets (assuming you insured the trip’s prepaid non-refundable trip cost), not the just change fee.

Take a look at this article to help you decide which route to take: Cancel Your Plane Ticket Or Pay The Change Fee?

Click here to find out what else should be included in the Trip Cost.

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