Whenever I travel the very best website out there to book luxury airline tickets is google flights at www.google.com/flights. Google flights is a great way to search options for different airlines/routings if you’re not loyal to just one airline. However, what if you book a flight(s) on google flights and weeks later your plans change? Below are my steps:
- Be aggressive and do research to know what your options are on other flights with the same airline or any other airlines from origin to final destination.
- Be flexible into flying into any of the surrounding areas close to your final destination. Example: New York City area (JFK, LGA, EWR, HPN) the surrounding areas to NYC would be Philadelphia, PA and Hartford, CT. Normally, airlines don’t like changing routings, however, this can be discuss or even negotiate between passenger and airline. Avoiding a horror story at the airport just a rent a car. Renting a car is quite easy as it’s a low risk high award for a traveler.
- Call the airline, but when calling the airline try and call it on their elite status phone line. Time isn’t on your side and when plans do change getting through to someone is necessary. Flights are full these days as airlines aren’t giving away fares anymore and sometimes a mileage award isn’t available for a certain route. Elite lines aren’t private and normally published on the Internet. Always ask for a supervisor or manager on duty as they have the power to do the impossible.
- The airline supervisor or manager on duty should be able to help you. However, sometimes this isn’t the case and if you don’t succeed the first time hang up and try again. Seats always become available here & there. My recommendation is to try and get this done before scheduled departure date. I would not go to the airport if there are no other options available. By being aggressive and trying over and over you will eventually get your first or second pick of routings/flights that will satisfy your change plans.
- Almost every airline charges a ridiculous change fee and either difference in miles or money for a revenue airfare ticket. By having a conversation with a supervisor or manager on duty and being polite usually the airline employee will waive this. This part is always up for negotiation as if you don’t like it hang up the phone and try the airline again. Someone will be in a listening mood to your story for changing the flight(s) vs. a fix it mood. If the airfare is a revenue ticket (paid in cash) and the difference in airfare is minimal then the airline should have no problem waiving this!
- Work with the airline to see if a resolution can be possible. One thing I recommend is call the airline at a weird hour if you have the time. Normally, these employees are nicer and they will listen and always be on your side.
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