by Mark Albert
Have you ever bought an airline ticket only to see it drop by a significant amount right after you hit the “purchase” button?
It can be frustrating, irritating and leave you feeling helpless—except there are ways to fight back and get a partial refund.
Here are some ways to save money by claiming an airfare refund.
Claiming An Airfare Refund
1. The easiest way to get a refund of the difference between what you paid and the new price: do it within the first 24 hours.
Thanks to a US Department of Transportation rule, all airlines that have a website “marketed to U.S. consumers” must either allow you to reserve a ticket for 24 hours or cancel within 24 hours for a full refund (read more about your rights here).
So, as an example, if you booked Detroit to London for $515 on Delta at 3p on a Tuesday and the next day, Wednesday at noon, you see it has dropped to $450, you can get a refund of $65. Delta offers perhaps the most generous policy, going well beyond the DOT’s rule by giving customers until midnight of the following day to cancel a ticket for a full refund. That means that booking at ticket at 12:01a gives you 47 hours and 59 minutes—until 11:59p of the following night—to cancel for your money back.