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How is fare difference calculated ?

New Arrival

Hi ,

 

I want to book flights but my travel dates are not fixed.(May vary by 2-3 days)

So for example,

 

1) cost of tickets on 13 Aug , for following dates are:

 

10 december 2017 ( Cost: 100 $)

12 december 2017 ( Cost:  120$)

 

I buy a ticket on 13 Aug, for 10 Dec at 100$

 

But on say 20 Nov , I decide that I have to travel on 12 dec and not 10 dec

 2)Cost of tickets on 20Nov , for following dates are :

10 december 2017 ( Cost: 200 $)

12 december 2017 ( Cost:  240$)

 

So now I request for date change on 20 nov.I am asked to pay the fare difference.

That means diffrence of fare on 10 dec and 12 dec.

I this case which fares would be considered new or old??

 

so will it be

option 1 : (240 -100)$

option 2: (240 -200)$

option 3:(120-100)$

 

Please suggest.

Thanks

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Re: How is fare difference calculated ?

Top Contributor

Sorry, I'm not really following your example, but perhaps I can simplify. When you change a flight, the amount you paid for the original flight is credited towards the purchase of a new flight. Price of new flight is not dependent on what price was at some point in the past, but instead what the price is when you make the change. 

 

Does that help? 

Re: How is fare difference calculated ?

New Arrival

Thanks for the explaination.

That would be option 1 in my example.

 

This suggests that booking early to get a good rate, is not advisable if your dates are not confirmed.

Because at the end,when u change the date,you end up paying the current high price.

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Re: How is fare difference calculated ?

Top Contributor
Solution

There's no harm/penalty for booking early since there are no change fees and in the lucky instance that you book early and guess the correct date, you benefit from getting a lower fare. 

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Re: How is fare difference calculated ?

New Arrival

Thanks