Travel Tip Tuesday: Airlines Allow Free 24-Hour Cancellation

It's #TravelTip Tuesday!! I find myself always looking for mistake fares. With the many low fares to Europe lately, you might be tempted to book without thinking twice. Luckily with most major airlines, you have 24 hours to cancel for free if you develop buyers remorse. I'll discuss policies for the top U.S. airline carriers.

Southwest Airlines

Topping the cancellation charts is Southwest. They allow free changes or cancellations up to 10 minutes prior to departure. If you cancel more than 24 hours, you'll be issued a travel credit to be used within the year.

Jetblue Airlines

Jetblue has the typical up to 24 hours after booking, up to 1 week prior to departure.

Delta Airlines

Delta states you must have purchased your flight directly with Delta and can cancel by midnight of the day after purchase or midnight of the departure date, whichever comes first.

American Airlines

American has (2) policies.

  1. There is a 24-hour hold option that expires the following day at 11:59 PM CT. This means if you book a ticket in the morning, the hold will actually last much longer than 24 hours.

  2. The typical 24-hour cancellation for revenue and award bookings.

United Airlines

United allows free changes or cancellations within 24 hours of booking, which begin at the time of purchase.

Life situations happen so knowing this #TravelTip can help save you money. Any successful stories with canceling flights, or have specific questions? I'll be happy to answer.


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