Want to know where your plane is right now?
Here’s a site that’s intuitive and simple: FLIGHTSTATS.COM
Flying to the Midwest in the next couple of days? Be patient. Be nice. Be prepared for delays.
Try to get full $ credit (you won’t get your credit card credited, but you might get $ credit for a future flight) for a cancelled flight so you can apply it to a flight in the future.
Write down the ticket number the agent gives you when you cancel. Then, when you re-book the new flight, book it but put it on “hold,” then call the airline within 24 hours so they can apply the $ credit. This will NOT show up on their website, but it WILL show up on your credit card.
1) You book a non-refundable flight for $300, and it’s cancelled because of a snowstorm.
2) Go to the airline agent, tell them (nicely!!!) the situation.
3) Say you’d like “dollar credit for a future airline ticket purchase” with THEIR airline.
4) Have them give you a reference number or ticket number and WRITE IT DOWN. This number is vitally important. They will not remind you of the number or $ credit AND it won’t be under your account anywhere online.
5) When you’re ready to purchase another ticket, say, for $450, book it, BUT put it on “hold.” You can do this online for some airlines OR you can do this via calling them on the phone.
6) After it’s on “Hold,” CALL the airline within 24 hours. Explain you have “X” dollars in credit and would like to apply it to the ticket you just put on hold. GIVE THEM THE REFERENCE NUMBER from the cancelled flight or it won’t work.
7) They should then apply the $300 towards the cost of your new ticket purchase. Again, this will NOT show up on their website. Watch your credit card bill. If the new ticket costs $450, your credit card should reflect a charge of only $150.
NOTE!!!! Some airlines may still charge you a “change fee” or other fee.
But give it a try. It won’t hurt.
Good luck, everyone.