While it's true that many airlines will offer refunds or vouchers for price fluctuations of purchased flights, there is usually an associated charge. However, GeekSugar shared a friend's story about a real life situation with real life savings. Score.
Her friend recently purchased a ticket on JetBlue for September for $390 and, one week later, checked again and saw that the price dropped 100 bucks. He contacted the airline and they gave him a $100 flight credit good for one year! Officially, Southwest, Alaska, and Jet Blue will offer vouchers/refunds with no change fees, but most others charge a fee if you, say, try to cancel and re-book at a lower rate.
Get three bits of advice from yours truly on how to make this work for you and
- If you think the flight price could go down and plan on monitoring after you buy, purchase tickets only from the actual airline websites. It's less likely they'll refund a fare purchased on a third-party site after the same day and, in some cases, impossible.
- Do the math first. If the airline charges a change fee that is equal to or more than the fare difference, you're naturally not going to save any money in the end.
- As always, it pays to be nice! Remember, it's easier to say no to something via email than it is on the phone so I'd call to talk to a live person whenever possible.