When Are Refundable Fares Permitted By Policy?

By | June 16, 2015

Most organizations favor nonrefundable airline tickets because they're almost always cheaper than unrestricted options. Industry data suggest corporate travelers use the lower fare classes for around 85 percent of trips.

Although corporate managers encourage that booking behavior, airlines charge fees and impose rules for applying the resulting unused credit. Optimal use of nonrefundable airfares requires some diligence. Still, the more expensive refundable fares are almost never acceptable by policy. Here are some exceptions.

When the fully refundable fare isn't too much more than a nonrefundable. Fees for changing nonrefundable tickets can be higher than the fare . . .

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David Jonas
Author: David Jonas

David Jonas in 2006 co-founded business media firm ProMedia.travel after ten years as a journalist with Business Travel News. David rejoined BTN in 2010 as executive editor when its parent company acquired ProMedia, and in 2014 co-created The Company Dime. David has a bachelor's degree in communications from Cornell University.