Thanks for that really useful response BDKLEZ! Really helped. Sorry, I'm being a bit sarcastic, but I'm in good form this morning
I admit, maybe I should have changed the title to "Shouldn't airlines implement more flexibility as this becomes more common today?"
Leskova, and I'm not being sarcastic here, I do appreciate your reply. While I appreciate this is still fairly standard, I just think it may be a good idea for airlines to become more flexible as other airlines are doing so. I suppose the passenger who takes one flight a year for their summer holidays, well it doesn't really affect them, as they tend to book their 2 weeks well in advance and rarely change. But as a frequent flyer, which is my case, I am well aware of fares, and have battled with illogical policies implemented over the years. I'm not a fan of the lo-co's, but admit they have had a positive effect on airlines for travellers in general. In the past few years I have stuck to Aer Lingus when possible simply as they allow changes on all fares (and even when they didn't, their "friendly customer services" was usually good enough to achieve a change of dates even before it was allowed. On internal flights within Spain I have started using Spanair, and one of the main reasons is that they offer flexible low fares. I see British Airways also now offer the same flexibility, and while I haven't flown BA
for a number of years, I'd probably end to use them more now for this flexibility. Even the route I've booked on which AF
also fly, I did a fake booking on the same dates for the route in question which worked out about €20 more expensive, checked their terms and saw I could change dates of travel before departure for the standard change pently and fare difference. Nevertheless, AF
do still have certain fares (mainly the ones booked well advance that still don't allow modifications, but most of their fares now seem to permit changes. Also why airlines have to be so confusing I don't know. Just did a fake reservation with Swiss ZRH
picking the dates with the lowes fares, checked conditions and this is what I got:
L- TYPE FARES
CHANGES NOT PERMITTED.
Not very clear for the average passengers. I suppose it's just the layout and means no changes.
Many airlines are also doing away with the minimum stay and/or obligatory Saturday night stay thing.
My point is more so: do you think airlines should/will follow other majors who are now offering fully flexible fares?
N.B. Please, nobody else answer me telling me that it's "clear". Thanks!