Fare dropped, can I rebook?

Old Jun 14, 08, 12:21 am
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Fare dropped, can I rebook?

Apologies if this has been covered elsewhere, I haven't found anything that covers my situation.

I just booked (yesterday) a series of flights on AC for me and mr. goose, due to flight cost I picked Tango fare. Lo and behold today, the fare has dropped considerably to the point where I could rebook as a Tango Plus fare and even with the $40 change fee I would still save about $100 per pax.

Will Air Canada actually refund me this difference?

K.Goose.
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Old Jun 14, 08, 1:18 am
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I believe that if you are still within the 24 hour period of the original booking that you can cancel that outright and re-book. Otherwise, I think you are stuck with the change fees as outlined in the fare rules. As far as I remember, you would not get a refund for a fare difference.
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Old Jun 14, 08, 4:31 pm
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QUICK! Book your new flight in T+ and once that is complete, cancel the other booking.

You still have 24 hours to cancel the new booking, so don't worry.
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Old Jun 14, 08, 5:38 pm
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What if you're outside the 24h window, and the fares are in the same fare bucket?

I remember doing this a while ago, but I'm not sure you still can...
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Old Jun 14, 08, 6:46 pm
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If you are outside the 24 hours booking time, it is only worthwhile if the difference in cost is significant. When you cancell within 24 hours, they will refund your credit card but if you cancell a flight after that, they will give you a credit which they would deduct the change fee when you use it (40/50? for T+ and 150 for T). But if you don't use all the credit, they would not refund it at all.
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Old Jun 15, 08, 10:50 pm
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If you are outside the 24 hr window, don't even bother trying to rebook a lower fare. You will lose the fare difference and have to pay the change fee.

From the fare rules for a T+ routing according to expertflyer.com...

CHANGE FEE- COLLECT CAD40/USD40 FOR ANY FLIGHT SEGMENT FOR VOLUNTARY CHANGES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FOLLOWING- A. TICKET MUST BE REPRICED AND REISSUED WITH CURRENT AND APPLICABLE FARE. B. IF THE NEW FLIGHT SEGMENT IS OF EQUAL OR HIGHER VALUE THE FARE DIFFERENCE MUST BE PAID. C. IF NEW FLIGHT SEGMENT IS OF LOWER VALUE THE FARE DIFFERENCE IS LOST AND NO REFUND WILL APPLY.
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Old Jun 16, 08, 4:33 am
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Originally Posted by YEG USER View Post
If you are outside the 24 hr window, don't even bother trying to rebook a lower fare. You will lose the fare difference and have to pay the change fee.

From the fare rules for a T+ routing according to expertflyer.com...
If the savings is significant enough to justify the change fee and you don't mind lending AC some money you could always cancel the original booking and save the credit for a more expensive flight in the future and then start and pay for a new booking at the cheaper fare.
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Old Jan 28, 09, 5:40 am
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FYI

Just noticed an international sale and my base fare on an L ticket booked Monday Jan 26th at 8pm dropped by $180 (about 30 hours more).

Called AC to see if I could get away with the 24 hour rule and even though the ticket was ticketed on the 27th, the St. John,NB-based CSR told me that it was based on the actual day and not the hours - so if it was just a few minutes over 24 hours or even 47hours .... as long as the ticketing day is just one day off, you can refund in full with no charge.

Got the deal, by canceling the 2 adults and one infant on an L fare and rebooked the same itinerary and overall price went from $2490 to $2095 No $25 for any change either - due to infant booking!

The CSR was pleasant to talk to and great to deal with; probably the great maritime hospitality... Kudos to him (name withheld)! ^
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Old Jan 28, 09, 4:32 pm
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Originally Posted by patty canuck View Post
Just noticed an international sale and my base fare on an L ticket booked Monday Jan 26th at 8pm dropped by $180 (about 30 hours more).

Called AC to see if I could get away with the 24 hour rule and even though the ticket was ticketed on the 27th, the St. John,NB-based CSR told me that it was based on the actual day and not the hours - so if it was just a few minutes over 24 hours or even 47hours .... as long as the ticketing day is just one day off, you can refund in full with no charge.

Got the deal, by canceling the 2 adults and one infant on an L fare and rebooked the same itinerary and overall price went from $2490 to $2095 No $25 for any change either - due to infant booking!

The CSR was pleasant to talk to and great to deal with; probably the great maritime hospitality... Kudos to him (name withheld)! ^
Funny - I called the E line next day/26 hours later to see if I could get my online-booked fare adjusted and was politely told to get stuffed.
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