Alaska Airlines currently offer a full airfare credit if you buy airfare and the price goes down at any time. Effective for tickets purchased on or after 9/1 they will no longer give any credit for price drops.
This comes on the heels of Alaska killing the ability to change or cancel tickets 60+ days before departure for free.
Clearly the days of Alaska being a friendly airline are going away as they become a larger player thanks to their Virgin America buyout.
- Southwest gives a full airfare credit for any price drops at any time.
- JetBlue gives a full airfare credit if the price drops within 5 days of the purchase. After 5 days you will be assessed a $75 fee unless you bought a Blue Flex fare. JetBlue Mosaic members can get a credit at any time with no fees.
- United has an unpublished fare drop policy as well. If your fare drops within 30 days of purchase, United will give you a voucher for the difference, less a $50 processing fee. Not all agents know about this policy, so you may need to ask for a manager or HUCA. Some agents will even waive the $50 fee, some agents will require that the amount of the voucher after the fee must be at least $50, and some agents may be willing to give a voucher even if it’s more than 30 days after purchase. United vouchers can be merged together and used by anyone, so be sure to check the airfare daily after you make a purchase.
Other airlines charge the full change fee for a price drop, which can be $200 or more. That means you’ll only get a credit when there’s a massive price drop.
Of course if you’re within the 24 hour free cancellation period (up to 96 hours on Priceline) you can always just rebook and cancel the old reservation.
Have you ever taken advantage of an airfare price drop policy?