UNDAEROSPACE From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 107 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 7745 times:
Hey all what's going on well I have to say Delta has some nerve for doing this to me and my family we are booked for a flight to FL on Halloween weekend and we are not able to travel because my grandma is extremely sick and shies not able to travel we got a doctors note and everything and they wont even give us a credit ???What's the deal with this I think this is absurd?
Access-Air From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1940 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 7575 times:
You can only get a refund if it iscertain that she is going to die.....like pulling life support or if she actually does die....then a refund is in order, As long as she lives....the ticket is 100% non refundable and can only be reused at a later date...Period, end of story....And dont forget their obligatory $100 reuse fee....Oh and dont forget to cancel the reservation for her before she travels because now most major airlines have a policy that states that if you NO-SHOW for a flight and DONT cancel before deparure date, you forfeit the FULL VALUE of the ticket....So looks like you are ina pickle....
Geg2rap From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 855 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 7485 times:
Hi UNDAEROSPACE....you also have to call within 72 of flight....they aren't going to give you a refund 2 months out...so call couple days before your flight and you will get a CREDIT -$100 for future delta flights..(unless you bought a priceline or hotwire ticket in which case those are totally non-refundable for any reason) .this is pretty similar across the board with all legacy airlines....except AS which charges $50 airlines make you pay for flexibility
OttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 7329 times:
Delta will give you a refund if:
1. She does die, which lets hope she doesn't.
2. She recieves a doctor's note shortly before the flight that she is unable to travel.
Then, you are allowed a refund. Otherwise, there is nothing Delta can do. As you said before, Delta did it before. Well, if they did it before, why wouldn't they do it now, especially when it is policy to do so. Just follow the same procedures that you did before, and a refund will be in order.
JBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3180 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 7275 times:
Interesting... though I guess sometimes you get lucky and sometimes you dont.
We had a scheduled trip to Florida (we have a house in FLL) for September 16th weekend, and booked the dirt cheap fares- $115 round trip per person on Continental.
My dad was a week later diagnosed with early prostate cancer and was given a surgery date of 9/22, which was too close to the vacation return date since there was preop stuff to be done.
A quick call to Continental, and the reservation was cancelled and refunded in the form of a credit, along with a sympathy card a week later from Continental HQ wishing him well.
That said, what Delta or any airline puts in their contract, is fair game. Some things in life you dont plan for, and unfortunately, the airlines dont plan for them either. That doesnt, however, mean that you are entitled for a refund, even if the circumstance that cancelled your trip is out of your control.
PS- My dads surgery went well, and he is going to be just fine
EA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 14118 posts, RR: 61
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 7239 times:
FWIW, a doctor's note does not automatically make a customer exempt from the rules of the contract (and that's what the airline ticket is - a contract) entered into with the air carrier.
When you purchased tickets, you had choices - buy expensive tickets that have flexibility for changes and refunds at any time, or buy cheap tickets and hope everything goes according to plan.
You took the cheap option - and hey, most people do - rolled the dice, and LOST. Take your lumps and move on. It's inappropriate for you to complain about DL sticking to the terms of the agreement you entered into just because your personal situation has changed.
Put it this way - how would you feel if DL came to you and said, "Remember that $250.00 ticket we sold you? Well, we need more money, so now we're changing the terms and you now owe us $100.00 more to take the same flights you've already got tickets for," ? Wouldn't THAT be unfair?
Well, that's essentially what you're saying to DL - "my situation has changed, so give me my money back."
Sorry. And I hope your grandmother recovers soon.
"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem - government IS the problem." - Ronald Reagan
Jhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 7200 times:
Wow I cant begin to tell you how much people like you bother me! Why would it be Delta's fault that your grandma is sick? You said that this has happened before, if you know that grandma gets sick a lot and might die before flight you should know that you have to buy a REFUNDABLE ticket. I cannot feel sorry for you at all you knew the rules before you bought the ticket and you decided to buy the cheapest ticket that you could find and now you have to deal with what you get. Delta has already given you one freebie when they let you do it the first time, now you get what you deserve! And please don't blame the airline or the reps that you have to talk to for your mistake.
Let's hope you never score a job in a service industry;At least not until you learn the definition of T-A-C-T.
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DeltaAgent1 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 104 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6884 times:
undaerospace, What city are you originating in? Email me. & Did you simply call reservations, or did you speak with someone at the airport? Hopefully you bought your ticket from Delta & not from an internet travel site.
Padcrasher From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6520 times:
Let's not go overboard here either. If someone dies, Delta will refund the ticket. Also the ticket more than likely has a $100 change fee. So you do not lose the entire amount if you use the ticket within one year. Different dates, different destinations OK, but the ticket must remain in the same name/s.
DeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1703 posts, RR: 31
Reply 19, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6499 times:
And if I were a CSA and were grading you on your duty to oblige to the rules of a contract you would get a big fat F! People can't bend over backwards, especially in a contractual situation. My advice is next time stick with refundable tickets and you won't have a worry in the world. I would maybe try contacting DL again to figure something out to better your situation. Maybe you'll get lucky and someone will have pity. However, don't expect them to do backflips for you on a cheapie ticket.
Otherwise, my deepest sympathies to you and your family in light of your grandmother's disposition. I hope that things work out for the best.
FLY DELTA JETS
[Edited 2004-09-26 02:11:28]
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VgnAtl747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1526 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6375 times:
I didn't read all the replies, just the first couple but in actuality, coach isn't just coach. For every flight there are multiple fares, which is how it's possible that you don't always pay the same as the person sitting next to you. The lower the fare the more restrictions there are such as non-upgradable, non-refundable, non-transferable, etc.
That's the price you pay if you buy a cheaper ticket... and its not Delta, all airlines do the same thing.
Ramerinianair From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 5154 times:
My mother had to have surgery on a cancerous growth. Because of the operation, she couldn't fly. I had no note from a doctor and both Song and Spirit we accomodating. We did have to pay the small difference in the fare but, they waved the $25 fee per ticket!
W N = my Worst Nightmare!!!!!
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