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Cancelling a non-refundable flight

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  • Jul 17th, 2017 11:31 am
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Cancelling a non-refundable flight

Is there any loop hole to this? I bought tickets to Japan for $1200 but has crazy layovers. That was when the prices were 1800 so I didn't think about it. Now I'm a little pissed, and hoping I can cancel it for a couple hundred dollars.
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I can't think of any airline that'll do refunds. Just take the hit ($200-300?) and cancel for credit instead. Just be aware of the credit's expiration date.
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Keep watching, and if some segment(s) has a change of time greater than 2 hr, you can call to try to cancel with full refund. If some segments time change causes some connections to be missed, you have full reason to cancel.
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It depends about the no refund policy. It's a grey area for sure. My friend purchased non refundable tickets and had to cancel their trip.
They did cancel and ask for are fund and was provided a very good partial refund, they were only charged a service fee.
You should call the place where you purchased the tickets and explain you want a refund, be firm but nice about it.
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I went through a travel agency and they told me I couldn't cancel. They did change my flight so my layover is now shortened by an hour due to lack of passengers. Layover is 1 hour 40 and I'm a bit worried I might miss the connecting flight.

Anything I can do?
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You were pissed that the layover was long. Now the TA provided an alternative and you are worried you may miss the connection, that you want a refund?
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Sepharite wrote:
Jul 16th, 2017 6:07 pm
I went through a travel agency and they told me I couldn't cancel. They did change my flight so my layover is now shortened by an hour due to lack of passengers. Layover is 1 hour 40 and I'm a bit worried I might miss the connecting flight.

Anything I can do?
Where is your layover? Busy airport like Hong Kong, 1 hour and 40 mins is more than enough for you to catch a connecting flight
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cgtlky wrote:
Jul 17th, 2017 7:30 am
Where is your layover? Busy airport like Hong Kong, 1 hour and 40 mins is more than enough for you to catch a connecting flight
Toronto - Detroit(1.5 hours) - LAX (16 hours) - Japan
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Sepharite wrote:
Jul 17th, 2017 8:26 am
Toronto - Detroit(1.5 hours) - LAX (16 hours) - Japan
You call that a crazy layover?

Looks like a very decent itinerary to me.
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superfresh89 wrote:
Jul 17th, 2017 8:37 am
You call that a crazy layover?

Looks like a very decent itinerary to me.
I'm no veteran flyer :)
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Sepharite wrote:
Jul 17th, 2017 8:26 am
Toronto - Detroit(1.5 hours) - LAX (16 hours) - Japan
Let me get this straight.

You had a 2.5 hour layover in Detroit which was changed to 1.5 and now you want to cancel because you think you might miss the connecting flight? In Detroit? Detroit, Michigan?!?

16 hours in LA isn't the greatest but FFS go to the beach or something. You're seriously trying to get out of this ticket at the cost of several hundred dollars if not the entire price of your ticket?

You can't be serious.
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You should have plenty of time to make your connection in Detroit. It's a very well laid out airport. Since you'll pre-screen in Toronto for US customs, you should be good to just head to your LAX gate. Since your layover in LAX is 16 hours you don't need to worry about missing your connection in Detroit to LAX. I'm sure that there's more than one flight a day to LAX and you'll get your Japan flight with plenty of time to spare.

Detroit has a nice airport. I love the train that takes you from one end to the other and the fountain is cool. It also iirc has one of the best duty-free shops too. I always found some great scotch there.

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