* Many discount fares are non-refundable; if you buy one of these fares and
later cancel your trip, you will not get your money back. Some fares also
have a penalty for changing flights or dates even if you don't want a
refund. You may also have to pay any difference in air fares if your fare is
not available on the new flight.
* Some airlines will not increase the fare after the ticket is issued and paid
for. (Simply holding a reservation without a ticket does not guarantee the
fare.) Other airlines may reserve the right to collect more money from you
if the fare that you had purchased goes up before departure time. Find out
from the airline before you buy your ticket what its policy is on assessing
fare increases after the ticket is purchased.
* After you buy your ticket, call the airline or travel agent once or twice
before departure to check the fare. Fares change all the time, and if that
same fare goes down before you fly, some airlines will refund the
difference. But you have to ask.
Differences in air fares can be substantial. Careful comparison shopping among
airlines does take time, but it can lead to real savings.
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