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sometimes it pays to cancel and rebook

Old Jan 17, 16, 5:33 pm
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sometimes it pays to cancel and rebook

After receiving an email about special deals from Emirates, I randomly decided to check the prices for flights we have booked in September.

AKL-DXB-CDG and BCN-DXB-AKL (J)

Saved about $3500 NZD after the cancellation fee came off which is pretty significant. The only downside is that it will probably take 3-4 weeks for refund to be processed. Or at least I hope that is the only downside Actually ended up getting a better time for one of the flights so it all seems like a win-win at the mo.
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Old Jan 17, 16, 10:13 pm
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Good work!

(bonus: refund may very well be shorter than 3-4 weeks).
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Old Jan 17, 16, 10:48 pm
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I've had EK refunds clear in my account within 3-4 business days, dated on the day refund was requested.
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Old Jan 17, 16, 11:05 pm
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Same here, my recent refund cleared within 4 business days.
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Old Jan 18, 16, 12:06 am
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Before you decide to cancel and re-book, check the fare conditions
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Old Jan 18, 16, 12:13 am
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Originally Posted by steveben53 View Post
Before you decide to cancel and re-book, check the fare conditions
And miles. Could be you had a Flex and are now in a Special.

If you're unlikely to change the dates or cancel and don't care about the miles no problem of course. And for that level of saving I'd argue the downside of restrictive fare conditions might be worth it. Depends on the total cost before so what % of savings. If it's for 3 people travelling in F perhaps the saving isn't as much as some on here assume based solely on the figure provided

edit: just saw its in J. So depends how many people on the booking.
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Old Jan 18, 16, 10:54 am
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Saving was on 2 tickets. Fare diff was about $2200 each so less $400 each for cancellation. And yes one way of the fare had been flex and other saver,now both are saver fares. Points are still good and we won't be trying to upgrade to first so no issue there.

Good to hear refund could be quicker.
edit: price differential worked out to be 23%

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Old Jan 19, 16, 12:24 pm
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I just did the same thing today too!
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Old Jan 19, 16, 12:43 pm
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also worth sometimes due to currency exchange (like my ticket from JNB)
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