Definitely not a cucumber with anxiety
2+ Year Member
- Apr 1, 2015
- Veterinary Student
Uh okay, that escalated quickly. Thanks for calling me a doormat.You can choose to accept things for how they are just because they're the norm, but that doesn't mean it should be and you shouldn't be defending them.
DVMD makes a good suggestion about about to 2 weeks in advance. THIS would be a consumer friendly practice. The current practice is a legalized scam. Again, I'm going to point out that airlines WILL overbook the same seat they refuse to refund you, and this is not something you should be ok with unless you enjoy being a doormat.
Yes, having only 24 hours is ridiculous. But it's well advertised. They are not trying to hide it. They try to make their terms extremely clear. Yes, it would be far better for airlines to give more leeway. I think up to two weeks before a flight would be probably too extreme for an airlines bottom line, but having a few weeks after purchasing a ticket, especially for trips planned months in advanced, would be great. But you CAN still make changes to travel if a flight isn't non-refundable in many airlines, even up to day of. I've done it before on Alaska. Yeah I had to pay a $125 flight change fee, but that was far preferable to loosing the $500 I spent on my trip otherwise.
Businesses have policies. As long as they make them clear, which Alaska and Delta do, they aren't trying to scam people.