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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