burnsie28
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Bareavement (Spelling?) Fares

Sun Jul 23, 2006 11:59 pm

Hi All,
I have a great aunt who is about to pass away, my parents are driving, but I want to try and fly if the price is right. Is anyone familiar with these fares, about how much they typically run, do you need anything to prove a death or anything, and finally are they generally even worth looking into?

I would be going COS-MGM, DEN-MGM, or COS-BHM, DEN-BHM

Thanks
 
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RE: Bareavement (Spelling?) Fares

Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:24 am

My mother once flew to Asia a few years back on a bereavement fare ticket. Just call up the reservations and ask for the bereavement fare. My mother was asked to fax in a notarized certificate of death from Asia signed by a lawyer. I know that some airlines have gotten rid of the bereavement fare lately, but it doesn't hurt to try. As I recall, the savings were significant - around 40% of the going rate on a trans-pac flight.
 
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RE: Bareavement (Spelling?) Fares

Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:30 am

Sadly, I have had to use that in the past when I was younger. I know on the return trip we had to provide a copy of the death certificate to the agent. I am not sure this still happens, this was about 15yrs or so ago.

I believe that SkyWest on behalf of United Express has a direct CRJ-700 between DEN-BHM.

Sorry for your loss,

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RE: Bareavement (Spelling?) Fares

Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:43 am

They do indeed fly a CRJ,CR7 to BHM from DEN for UA as ClearedDirect says. Your best routing would be:
COS-DEN-BHM or
COS-ORD-BHM

You can do a combi of these, but try to do it thru DEN as its easier to navigate. Good luck and god bless your family. RIP to your Aunt.

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RE: Bareavement (Spelling?) Fares

Mon Jul 24, 2006 3:38 am

Check with your air carrier. Some times the breavment fares are more expensive then the last minute walkup r/t fare would be. I have seen that happen alot. But, yes you would have to supply a copy of the death certificate upon your return. They ( the air carrier) will also ask you the name and address of the funneral home. They do call and check to make sure your telling the truth. Sad day when this has to happen. Depending on your airline you have to choice from, I would check the bravement fare vs one way fare (WN) or round trip last minute fare. Sometimes they have space and they will give it to you at a reduce price or put you in first class. I had the happen to my mother and grandmother coming from SRQ on NW when my grandfather was being flown back (on the same flight mind you) to DTW.

It all depends on the airline and the person who you are talking to. Sometimes you can get a better deal if you talk to a supervisior. Good Luck and my God be with your family in this time of need.

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RE: Bareavement (Spelling?) Fares

Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:46 am

The fares really are not that great. I paid nearly $900 for a ticket that normally would cost me $300 when my dad died in 2003. It's the whole short notice deal. Also, the fare is only for immediate family....a Great Aunt will not qualify.
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RE: Bareavement (Spelling?) Fares

Mon Jul 24, 2006 8:17 am

Hi Burnies,

You won't get much of a discount on the bereavement fares. As what EMBQA said.

In 2004, I was on leave in San Diego visiting my family. My uncle was about to pass away and I had a return ticket for Nov. 29 on Delta. My uncle died on Nov. 28 and I was going to attend his funeral. I had to call the American Red Cross to confirm his death to my command which then I was granted a week emergency leave extension. Since my flight was suppose to leave the next day, I had to call Delta and tell them about my situation about his passing. Delta was able to re-schedule me on another flight a week later for no-charge. Go ahead and give it a try and might you actually find something.
Sorry to hear about your Aunt.


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RE: Bareavement (Spelling?) Fares

Mon Jul 24, 2006 6:36 pm

Sorry to hear about your Aunt Burnsie . . .

Bereavement fares aren't all they seem to be.

Often you'll find on line fares cheaper - even just a few days advance purchase.

Further - you may not qualify for the fare - I don't think Great Aunts qualify.

I'd really scour the web for a decent fare between DEN and BHM . . . and buy it. The $100 fee you may pay later to change it - if necessary - might still bring the entire fare in under an instant purchase walk-up fare.

Quoting ClearedDirect (Reply 2):
I believe that SkyWest on behalf of United Express has a direct CRJ-700 between DEN-BHM.

 checkmark  Great flight, it's an ExPlus CRJ7.
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RE: Bareavement (Spelling?) Fares

Tue Jul 25, 2006 12:28 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 7):
Further - you may not qualify for the fare - I don't think Great Aunts qualify.

I think thats a buch of BS by the airlines, it's my dad's aunt, and it is a family member...

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 7):
checkmark Great flight, it's an ExPlus CRJ7.

Eh, I hate CRJ's, but I'd rather fly any day rather then drive.
 
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RE: Bareavement (Spelling?) Fares

Tue Jul 25, 2006 12:38 am

Good luck. While in BHM stop by a local publix for a taste of a good sub (if you have time) For locations near you click on my user name, and click on website for location. Sear store locator and enter Birmingham into the city box.

I've had 2 moms (adopted and blood), 1 gradpa, and 1 good friend die. I know how you feel. God Bless.

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richardw
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RE: Bareavement (Spelling?) Fares

Tue Jul 25, 2006 12:52 am

I think the Spelling mourners probably didn't need special fares to fly to Aaron's funeral.
 
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RE: Bareavement (Spelling?) Fares

Tue Jul 25, 2006 1:28 am

Sadly, the world has become far less uniform than it used to be for bereavement fares and every airline has their own policy. Some carriers have a set fare, which may or may not be the cheapest fare available at the time of your call (happened to me on AA), other carriers will make you pay the lowest available fare at the time of your call and, after having verified your documentation, reimburse you the difference between what you paid and the lowest published fare sold for that flight, even if it was not available at the time of your call (due to limited capacity, advance purchase requirement or Saturday night stayover). Finally, other carriers will grant you a discount off the lowest fare you qualify for (eg: CO will give you between 5% and 10% off depending on how much your ticket costs).

Bottom line is, you need to shop for the best deal as if you were buying a "regular" ticket, and then shop around for a bereavement fare.

Have a look at CO's policy on bereavement fares, if for no other purpose than to have an idea of how it works. Sorry, great aunts do not qualify as far as CO is concerned (again, each carrier has their own policy, I think LH has the most generous policy, requiring only a "close family link")
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RE: Bareavement (Spelling?) Fares

Tue Jul 25, 2006 3:44 am

My grandfather died in November. I called AA and UA to check on bereavement fares (IND-IAH), and they were something like "2/3 of the maximum coach price". So it could conceivably be a good deal if the flight is full.
But, I ended up saving much more money (i.e. paying 2 hundred and something instead of over $600) by just looking on Orbitz and WN's site for nearby airports. I tried every possible combination of IND, CVG, SDF, MDW, STL, DAY, or CMH to HOU, IAH, AUS, SAT, or DFW. The cheapest ended up being a nonstop CVG-IAH on CO Express.
Lastly, remember that WN goes to DEN now, and of course goes to BHM.
My condolences, and best of luck getting out there cheaply.
 
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RE: Bareavement (Spelling?) Fares

Tue Jul 25, 2006 10:59 am

Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 8):
I think thats a buch of BS by the airlines, it's my dad's aunt, and it is a family member...

While I quite agree, the airlines have to draw a line somewhere . . . . I'm not belittling your loss in any way, just looking at it from a different angle.

Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 8):
Eh, I hate CRJ's, but I'd rather fly any day rather then drive.

The CRJ7 rides I've taken from DEN-BHM and DEN-DSM have been great. I was in F, and that will likely make a big difference . . . but even that 3 hour ride DEN-BHM wasn't bad at all . . .
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