Airlines may start charging passengers to change flights again next year
Vacationers could find themselves paying their airline to change a flight date again next year, even if the change is due to the pandemic.
Most airlines have waived cancellation fees since the start of the pandemic as passengers have been forced to rearrange their trips due to the spread of Covid-19.
But despite the fact that the coronavirus continues to disrupt some travel plans, several airlines could resume charging customers for changes to their flights in early 2022.
Easyjet has announced that it will review its policy for early next year, and others may follow as their cancellation policies will only apply until the end of 2021.
Easyjet is one of the companies that could start charging customers again for changing their flights
It will be a blow to many who may have to change their plans at the last minute as the pandemic continues to affect global travel.
Although there are currently no countries on the UK’s ‘red list’ for inbound travel, Brits still face restrictions when visiting many places.
While the potential changes to cancellation policies won’t affect guests bringing their families at the end of this year, many will have planned a trip in advance in 2022.
Most people who have booked trips abroad rely on being able to change their flights through their airline in the event of complications from the coronavirus.
This is Money spoke to several major airlines to find out if they plan to remove the free changes, and if so, how much they would ask customers to pay in the future.
Easyjet said its current protection promise, which allows customers to change their flights free of charge, at any time up to two hours before departure, only applies to changes made before December 31, 2021.
After that, he said he was “continuing to review” his policies – with no guarantee that the changes would be free.
Those who have already booked flights for next year and want to change them now can do so without penalty.
Easyjet added that although its plans for the new year are unknown, customers can still travel to any flight on any route in its network, until the end of September 2022, and to any other destination. of its network.
British Airways stated that as it stands, customers who cannot travel, or choose not to, can continue to change their flights with the removal of fees for trips that will be completed by August 31, 2022.
Alternatively, customers can request a voucher for future use under its Book with Confidence policy. These vouchers are valid until September 30, 2023.
Many people have had to change their plans due to the pandemic, most relying on free changes
Wizz Air said: “Those who have opted for the base rate can cancel or rearrange their reservation for a fee.
“Those who have added Wizz Flex to their booking have the option to cancel their flight up to three hours before departure without any cancellation fees and get 100% of the original fare immediately refunded in airline credit .
“If Wizz Air cancels a flight, passengers are entitled to 120% of the original fare in airline credit, or a full refund or the ability to change reservations for free.”
Jet2 and Ryanair did not respond to our request for comment.
However, according to its website, Ryanair will allow customers to make two flight changes without having to pay a flight change fee. This only applies to bookings made between June 10, 2020 and September 30, 2021, for travel before December 31, 2021.
It indicates that flight changes must take place at least seven days before the originally scheduled departure dates. Flight changes in 2022 are excluded.
This suggests that customers could have to pay if they have to change their flights next year.
On the website, it is stated that those who wish to change their flights will typically need to pay between £ 35-95, with the price depending on time and route.
Meanwhile it is said on Jet2on the website if customers have booked a flight but need to self-isolate due to NHS Test and Trace, they can change their booking free of charge.
He added that while reservations are not refundable or transferable, the airline can help customers with date changes.
However, it will charge an administration fee of £ 35 plus the price difference between the original tariff and the new tariff.
If the overall rate has decreased since a customer made the initial reservation, no refund will be made.
Neither Ryanair nor the Jet2 website have confirmed what their flight change policy will be from next year.
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