Delta asked in TravelAir Travel · 6 months ago

What happens if I buy a ticket and an emergency disrupts my travel?

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  • 6 months ago

    Depends on your ticket and the nature of the emergency.

    If it's a force majeur (or act of god) emergency like a hurricane, flood, etc. the airline will typically reschedule you on another flight. They might even put you up in a hotel for free...but, a big BUT, don't bet on it as there are all kinds of way they can get around that. So best plan on sleeping on the floor in the terminal along with all the other passengers.

    If it's a personal emergency like you get sick or someone in the family has an accident, you'll need to contact the airline asap and see what they can do for you...and at what extra cost if any. One advantage (of several) for flying business or first class is that those tickets are fully refundable without penalty. So you just cancel your reservation and get your money back or you rebook for another time and date.

    But if you fly coach, those are typically non-refundable tickets. So if you do cancel your reservation you'll be penalized some flat fee for cancelling. You won't lose the entire cost of the ticket, but the penalty is not cheap even so. Unfortunately these penalties are not standardized across the airlines; so you'll have to ask the specific airlines you'll be traveling on. In any case, you'll need to rebook after the emergency has passed.

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  • 6 months ago

    Hi dear,

    It totally depends on what kind of tickets you have or purchased from airport or travel agencies. If the tickets are cheap then it will be non refundable.

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  • 6 months ago

    You hope you have travel insurance.

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  • DEBS
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    1. Depends on what type of ticket you purchased. The cheapest ones are non-refundable. They usually can be changed to a different date, usually up to a year after your original purchase date, for a fee.

    2. If you are really worried about it, you can buy travel insurance at the time you buy your ticket. Unless you really think there is a chance of having to cancel, this is rarely worth it. Make sure you understand what that travel insurance covers.

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  • 6 months ago

    In general, you will be SOL.

    Most tickets sold are non-refundable tickets which means there's little or no recourse if your travel plans change.

    However, it depends on how you define emergency.

    If it's something like a major weather disruption, earthquake, civil unrest, then the airline will typically work with you. In other words, if the airline cannot operate your flight due to said emergency, they'll work with you.

    If it's your grandma sick in the hospital or you simply changed your mind, then no, the airline won't do anything.

    If you buy a full fare ticket, you could get a refund. You can also buy insurance which MAY cover some emergency situations.

    It all comes down to the type of ticket you buy.

    Honestly, you would know if you had an eligible ticket as you would have paid a lot of money.

    But if you by chance bought it on Southwest, you could at least get travel credit towards another flight

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  • 6 months ago

    You pre-empt this by buying travel insurance

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  • MS
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Most people buy nonrefundable tickets because they're considerably cheaper. But in that case, you don't get a refund if you have to cancel, even due to an emergency. You *might* get a credit toward a future flight (usually minus a change/cancellation fee). You might not. It depends on the terms of your ticket.

    You should buy travel insurance, which will reimburse you for your canceled flight if the reason for the cancellation is covered by your policy (you can't just decide to cancel and get a refund).

    You can also purchase a fully refundable ticket, in which case you would get your money back from the airline if you need to cancel.

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  • drip
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Assuming you mean you have a airplane ticket, You make sure to either buy a refundable ticket or you get travelers insurance,

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    These things happen in life, and the only thing to do is roll with it, and see what happens.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Perhaps you should've bought a ticket beforehand

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