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Westjet Change fee sneakiness

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by ruralhipster, Sep 6, 2015.

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  1. ruralhipster

    ruralhipster Low-Roller

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    Was looking at changing my return leg on my flight from Vegas online.

    Last time I did this a couple years back they charged me 50 dollars plus the difference in cost of the flight. Now that fee is up to $75 no big deal, par for the course with airlines.

    New return leg is actually cheaper yet when I go to make the change instead of being 65 bucks, (75 dollars minus the 10 dollars the flight is less) the cost is 210 bucks, 60 dollars more than if I just booked the flight straight up.

    Here's what I see happening: they are charging me on the difference of total fare (the outgoing leg as well even though I am not changing it).

    Call it Shenanigans or dirty pool but this is a deceptive business practice and beyond the usual fee gouging in it's odiusness.
     
  2. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Some of the airlines now have a $200 change fee. Feel lucky.

    By the way, some folks have learned it is sometimes better to book separate one way tickets in case one direction gets changed.
     
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    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Guessing you either typed this wrong, or I read it wrong. But, if you are only paying $60 more than if you booked the flight "straight up", then that is only $10 more than the previous $50, and less than the current charge ($75).
     
  4. ruralhipster

    ruralhipster Low-Roller

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    you are reading it wrong. booking the change in return leg would cost 210 dollars through the website. booking that same flight online as a seperate one way ticket costs 150
     
  5. Royal Flusher

    Royal Flusher Savvy Gambler

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    That's bogus. Who do they think they are, Air Canada????
     
  6. newmans

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    Here's my gripe.

    I cancelled 2 Vegas flights in the spring. The change fee is $210, each. I rebooked my flights last week. I was also told the taxes have gone up. My cost is any additional increase in fare, plus all taxes, less the $210 per person. You can only rebook with an Air Canada agent. I had a promo code for 25% off, from a cancelled flight. You can only use a promo code on line at aircanada.com.

    My original flight was return. If I had booked 2 one way flights, the change fee would have been on each leg.....so $420 per person.
    It makes you long for Southwest...no change fee and if you cancel your flight, the FULL credit s available to you.
     
  7. GeorgeJ.

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    That's the problem with having two one-ways if you need to change your flights....you get charged TWO change fees in that case. With my typical flights to Vegas, that $400 in change fees would totally eat up any advantage to changing the original flights...it's often cheaper just to throw that ticket away & rebook from scratch.

    The one thing that saved me last year was that the original outbound flight was severely delayed. So I called shortly before the original departure time & asked for a refund. That one-way was under $200 so the ticket was useless to rebook from since it had negative value after the rebook fee..
     
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