Do Airlines Price Match?

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Do Airlines Price Match? Make Them Honor Price Changes!

Have you ever bought a non-refundable airline ticket only to have the price for the same flight dropped? Have you thought about contacting the airline and asking if it would the new lower price but figured its customer service would say "No?" Well, you may be surprised to know that some airlines do recoup a percentage or even all of the difference. Nevertheless, success requires that you track the fluctuations in price and request compensation before the price rises again. So, it takes some due diligence on your part.

It's important to know that not every airline company has a , even when it comes to its own price changes. Most of those airlines that do price match charge fees for doing so. This means that you should not be sure to choose an airline that does price match but you should be sure the fees don't offset potential price changes. However, what if you could save even more money the next time you buy an airline ticket and discover price differences? With DoNotPay's product, you can easily make airlines honor changes in ticket prices and offerings from other airlines.

What You Should Know About Airline Prices

If you travel frequently, you've likely checked on ticket prices one day, only to purchase that same ticket a few days later for much more. Despite knowing that prices typically fluctuate during certain times of the year, they also seem to rise and drop randomly. Fortunately, we at DoNotPay have solved this particular mystery.

Discovering the Best Plane Ticket Prices

Discovering the best prices on flight tickets is sort of an art form, but it's also about understanding economics. Generally speaking, there are two unequivocal rules:

  • Most airlines open flight bookings approximately one year in advance. Between then and the time of takeoff, airfare prices will change drastically as airlines attempt to profit from travelers buying last-minute tickets.
  • Therefore, you should always book your tickets as close to the time bookings open as possible.

The 2020 Pandemic Changed Things

The prices of airline tickets are affected by numerous variables. Some of these variables include the time of year and the destination, of course. While you can save money by booking airline tickets a few weeks in advance, you're nearly always better off purchasing or booking your ticket months in advance. This is always the case when planning trips during big travel holidays when the demand is so high. Regrettably, yet unsurprisingly, the COVID-19 pandemic changed how we travel and transformed the airline ticket buying game.

Based on a September 2020 report published by Skyscanner, travelers around the globe aren't planning their trips as far ahead as they once did. Additionally, travelers are more likely to book a one-way ticket than before. Nonetheless, by looking at the big picture in terms of timing, you can still find great deals. It's also easier for flyers to find tickets to book far in advance and switch travel plans later on if they need.

Basically, getting the best deal on airline tickets can be quite a touch-and-go situation. And when it comes to finding an airline with decent price matching programs, that can be even more tricky.

How Can You Get an Airline To Price Match on Your Own?

Many airlines offer better ticket prices during certain times of the year or whenever they're doing a promotion. You can take advantage of many of these promos by entering airline promo codes. Usually, you have to enter these promo codes in a box before clicking the "Check Out" button on an airline's website or travel website. Airline companies and online travel agencies like to use promo codes to gain more loyal customers.

But you're not the only one that can benefit from using airline promo codes; both the airline and travel agency also benefit from customers' use of promo codes. Whenever you use a promo code, you're forced to book tickets directly with them rather than a competitor. Nevertheless, you should never merely assume promo codes offer you the best deals. To guarantee you're getting the best deal, it's a good idea to search around online to see if there is a better deal.

You should also be sure the airline you choose offers a fair price matching program. If you purchase the ticket and find out a day or so later that tickets for the same flight are cheaper, follow whatever instructions provided by the airline for receiving a refund on the difference. Below are 10 airlines and travel websites that offer some sort of price matching program:

CompanyPrice Match?CompanyPrice Match?
eDreamsYesAir CanadaYes
Student FlightsYesBritish AirwaysYes
EmiratesYesQatar AirwaysYes
JetstarYesTravelocityYes
CheapOairYesFlightNetworkYes

How to Get an Airline to Price Match Using DoNotPay

The challenge: most people don't have the time to search for the best prices. Go ahead and let us challenge the airline to give you the deals that they advertised. Our product is designed to handle both holding airlines accountable for promising to match competitors' prices and making them match their own promotions. All you have to do is:

  1. Search for Price Match on DoNotPay and select the product.

  2. Select whether you were charged more than the advertised price or if you believe you are eligible for a price match.

  3. Provide the name of the product you purchased so we can see if it qualifies for a price adjustment. If you believe your desired item is qualified for a price match, we’ll double-check for you.

And that's it! DoNotPay will send a letter to the company notifying the staff of the legal or Terms of Service violation and demanding a refund for the amount you were overcharged. You should hear back from the company within two weeks.

DoNotPay can also help you with the following price matching:

  1. Target price matching
  2. Best Buy price matching
  3. Walmart price matching
  4. Home Depot price matching
  5. Does Amazon offer price matching
  6. Lowes price matching
  7. Costco price matching
  8. Learn which stores offer price matching
  9. Does Kohls price match
  10. Nordstrom price match

Other Amazing Ways DoNotPay Can Help You

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