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How to cancel a flight and get a refund

Sometimes we plan a trip months in advance and when the time comes, we just can’t go on the trip.

Unfortunately, most airlines charge hefty changes/cancellation fees on non-refundable airfares, but there are a few cases that allow you to get a refund on a non-refundable ticket.

Here’s a guide to which airlines offer refunds, and how to get one when you need to change your flight.

Can I cancel my flight booking?

Not always. However, most  airlines allow you to cancel your flight for a fee and percentage of the overall cost.

Which airlines have free cancellation?

When buying your ticket, some airlines will allow you to buy a flexible ticket for a slightly higher price.

This grants you flexibility on your flight with no extra charges.

Is your ticket flexible?

You can check the conditions of your ticket. You can usually find your ticket conditions on your email or online account.

Refunds for Delays, Cancellations, and Schedule Changes

 

Aer Lingus   – A refund administration fee of €20 per person, per one-way flight will apply.

British Airways – If you no longer wish to travel, you can cancel your booking and get a refund (incl. taxes) to the original form of payment.

– If your booking includes a British Airways flight that is not cancelled, you will be able to change the non-cancelled flight at the same time.

easyJet  – You can only cancel your flight within 24 hours of booking to get a refund, which will cost you € 37 online and € 43 through the call centre.

After that, it’s non-refundable. If you need to cancel your flight after the 24-hour period, you will have to get in touch with the easyJet customer service team

Flybe  – Customers who have booked a Get More or All In ticket can cancel their ticket and request a full refund within 24 hours of booking via the Flybe Contact Centre . Just Fly

tickets are non-refundable.

Jet2  – The administration fee to make a name, date or timing change is € 51 per person per one-way flight.

Ryanair – All Ryanair flights are changeable but they cannot be cancelled. If you don’t travel on your booked flight the air fare, fees and charges are non-refundable but you may

apply in writing within one month of the date of travel for a refund of the Government Tax paid. Ryanair’s flight change fees start from €35 per one way flight/per person and

vary season to season. In addition to these flight change fees, you will also be charged any price difference between your original booking and the cost of the new booking.

Wizz Air – A  fee of € 60 if you cancel your tickets up to the 14th day before the departure of your flight

– A fee of €80.00 if you cancel  your tickets within 14 days before your flight

Virgin Atlantic  -An administration fee of no more than £30 per passenger (£3 per infant) from your refund.

Lufthansa  – A fee of €50 per ticket will be charged; this amount may vary or there may be no fee with some flight awards.

Aegean Airlines – In case of cancellation, non-use of the ticket or part thereof and money refund, there is a service fee for ticket refund of €20, which applies to all categories of

fares.

– In case of change of the ticket  there is a €20 service fee for ticket reissue for domestic and international flights, which applies to all categories of fares.

Singapore Airlines – Cancellation/refund fees are imposed for certain tickets based on their fare conditions.

 

Consider Buying Travel Insurance

If you’re concerned that you may need to call off your trip, consider investing in travel insurance. Standard trip cancellation insurance allows you to be reimbursed up to 100% of

your pre-paid and nonrefundable travel expenses for reasons such as an illness, a mechanical disruption that leads to a 12- to 48-hour delay, a terrorist attack in or near a destination

on your itinerary (if you purchased insurance before the attack occurs) or a mandatory evacuation due to severe weather.

 

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