Old Apr 17, 17, 6:21 am
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Artpen100
 
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Originally Posted by AlanInDC View Post
Non-refundable tickets can be changed at the last minute, so the airline can still have an empty seat and most of the liability deferred. True, the airline would in effect receive the change fee. Don't know about others, but we would not consider purchasing refundable tickets since it is much cheaper to buy non-refundable tickets and change them when necessary.
Right. On airlines outside the US, a nonrefundable ticket really means that - you can only change before you fly, it must be for the same city pairs, and for the same or higher fare code. So nearly impossible, and very expensive if you can do it. In the US, non refundable essentially means you get a credit for any flight on the airline, for a year, less the change fee. So the airline does lose on a lot of no shows.
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