Airlines secretly cash in on unused tickets

  1. Stacie L profile image88
    Stacie Lposted 6 years ago

    By Bob Sullivan,

    [i]With so much talk about airline fees lately, you might overlook perhaps the largest source of ancillary revenue for the industry  and a big headache for you  that lets airlines make money for nothing. A lot of it.

    If you've ever been on a "full" flight that was full of empty seats, perhaps you've wondered: What happens to the paid fares when passengers don't show up for flights?

    The airlines keep much of the money, of course. No-show fliers get vouchers for the unused value of their tickets good for a year from booking, but stiff change fees often eat heavily into that value. And much like unused gift cards, their value disappears into thin air when not used by a strict deadline.]/i]
    Ralph Nadar video … ed-tickets

    Ralph Nadar is working on changing these Airline policies..glad someone is looking out for consumers..where's the govt?

  2. Cassie Smith profile image68
    Cassie Smithposted 6 years ago

    A lot of those tickets are probably cheap nonrefundable fares.  To use it for another ticket would mean paying a hefty change fee, sometimes you're better off just buying a new ticket which may be cheaper.  It doesn't seem fair but if you don't show up for the seat on the flight you purchased, that's not the airlines' fault.