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Fare Rules - The Basics
Described here are the basic facts you need
to know about fare rules. See the glossary
for more complex terms and scenarios.
||What is the
class required for booking this fare? Using booking classes,
the airlines control how many seats on each flight are available for each
||What part of the
fare, if any, is refundable?
Can the value of the ticket be used as
a credit for future travel? If so, what is the service charge?
What is the change fee? (Must also
read Rerouting - See Glossary.
You can't always change the ticket for the change fee.)
||When must the reservation
be made? (e.g. 7,14,21 days in advance)
When must the ticket be issued? (e.g.
24 hours after making reservation)
Usually the earlier of the two deadlines
||e.g. must stay over
a Saturday night
(often stated technically as "return travel
valid on the 1st Sun after 12:01 am")
||e.g. 30 days, 60
days, 365 days
||Some fares are
only valid on particular days of the week, or at particular times.
For example, some fares are valid Mon-Thu only, or from 7 pm - 6 am only.
||Some fares, particularly
overseas fares, have an associated season (e.g. 15SEP-12DEC). For
overseas travel, usually the departure date determines the season for the
round trip fare.
||Some fare are not
valid on certain dates - e.g. over a holiday weekend.
Many seat sale fares must be purchased by a certain date. Find this
date in this section of the rules.
||Certain fares are
only valid for particular flights - e.g. nonstop only, or flight 123 only.