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Is there a way to change a flight reservation without paying $texas?

Kristmas KthulhuKristmas Kthulhu Registered User regular
edited May 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
So here's the situation: I've been in Los Angeles for a week with my brother, who lives here, and in that week have decided that I would really, really like to be able to stay here for another couple of days.

I have a flight with Continental that leaves tomorrow at 11:20 AM, and to change that flight, they're asking for $300. I know that in the past, my family has been forced to stay grounded for medical reasons, and that particular flight change didn't cost us anything.

Does anyone know of a way that I can plead my case with them, and switch my flight to one that leaves later this week without paying absurd fees? I appreciate any and all advice.

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  • DarkewolfeDarkewolfe Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    No, not really. Not unless you have proof that you have an emergency.

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I guess call them and see what you can do?

    Do you have a lot of points/miles with them? Could try to cash those in, or try to get the change as a 'perk' of your status. Otherwise if it's a full flight, you might have better luck tomorrow volunteering to give up your seat to a stand-by.

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  • DaMoonRulzDaMoonRulz Mare ImbriumRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    From LAX to what airport? Changing a flight is pretty much always change fee + difference in fare with only medical emergencies being exempted

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  • Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Hoping there's a standby available is your best bet (and comes with the fun possibility that the airline will actually comp you.) Otherwise, "being a high roller" and "legit medical issue" are basically your two outs. If you've done a lot of flying with that particular airline in the past they might hook you up just for the sake of keeping you happy.

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  • DaMoonRulzDaMoonRulz Mare ImbriumRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Lemme know where you're flying to and whether there's a chance of people being able to pick you up within X number of miles/hrs

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