There are always times when we wish we'd booked a different flight. Maybe you want to get home earlier, or you need to spend a few more hours visiting a client. Sometimes changing a flight can mean earning more miles or a better chance at an upgrade. Or you just booked the cheapest flight and hoped to change it later. I've explained several reasons why you should request a same day change before. But the rules for … [Read more...]
Posts about "Airline Fees"
Of all the U.S. carriers, Alaska Airlines has been the only one off the top of my head that did not include a free checked bag as a benefit of its co-branded credit card. Today that's changing. Travelers with the Visa Signature card from Bank of America (there are other cards with lesser benefits and a lower annual fee) will be entitled to one free checked bag when they travel on Alaska Airlines. Key points from … [Read more...]
Taking your belongings on a trip is no longer as easy as it used to be, when you could just throw some things in a bag and either lug it on the plane or let the airline ship it for you. New fees and much more stringent rules on size and weight can make it difficult to predict the total cost of your flight. Guess wrong, and you could be off by hundreds of dollars. For example, United Airlines has some pretty … [Read more...]
Saving money on travel involves two key challenges: finding a deal in the first place and keeping tabs on your reservations even after you've booked. Hotels and car rentals are great opportunities to save money because they tend to have extremely flexible cancellation policies -- as long as you didn't pre-pay. That enables you to cancel and rebook at a lower rate. I've saved hundreds of dollars on a single trip … [Read more...]
To be clear, I'm not suggesting you'll get a full refund for your Alaska Airlines flight, but the airline does have some pretty generous policies when it comes to canceling a flight and getting a credit for a future trip. Typically, you change your mind, try to change a flight, and then the airline offers you a voucher for the original purchase minus a change fee, perhaps $150 or $200. They keep going up. But … [Read more...]