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How To Cancel Your Airline Ticket Within 24 Hours

January 18, 2010 at 11:30 AM | by | ()

We’ve all purchased airfare without really thinking, but sometimes the buyer’s remorse is just a little too much. Despite the chance at an incredible fare there’s always something that makes it seem not worth it—like hitting the limit on your credit card. Thankfully there are still a few airlines that allow you to cancel your reservation within 24 hours. We’ve rounded up some of the policies below to ensure that you can fire first and ask questions later.

· Delta
As long as your make your purchase through Delta or Expedia—that means no Orbitz or other booking engines—you can cancel your ticket up to midnight the following day. Just make sure that your trip is originating from the United States, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, or Canada. You don’t even need to call them, because you can just head to their website and take care of everything.

More ways to get your money back after the break...

· United
If you need to make any changes to your ticket it’s likely that you’ll need to pay a fee; however, if you’re within 24 hours of when you booked a seat you are free to cancel. Within 24 hours you’ll be permitted to request a full refund, and then can take your cash to another airline if you’d like. Just remember that the tickets need to be purchased through United’s website or through their telephone reservations people.

· Continental
We’ve used Continental’s refund policy several times before, and it couldn’t be easier. Within 24 hours of your ticket purchase you can get rid of that flight you booked without thinking for a full refund, and it can all be done online. If you wait too long there will be plenty of fees, so make your mind up within one day after booking.

· Virgin America
In-flight WiFi just isn’t for everyone, and if you decide to cancel your trip on Virgin America you should be fine. If a change or cancellation is requested within 24 hours from the time of booking, you’re fee-free, and the refund will be issued in your original form of payment. They might be a little sad on the inside, but your wallet will be happier.

· American and US Airways
Don’t worry if your favorite airline doesn’t have an oops-I-need-to-cancel policy. American Airlines and US Airways won’t give you your money back, but you can hold a ticket for 24 hours for free without putting any money down, which is just as good.

· Southwest Airlines
They don’t have any change fees, so your funds can usually be put towards a new flight. We gave them a call this morning, and the airline that loves bags will do a courtesy hold on your ticket until the following day at midnight if you’re the indecisive type.

· JetBlue
Finally, Jetblue doesn’t appear to offer any holds or refunds for its tickets. So make sure you know what you’re doing before your click purchase. However, you can always call as soon as possible and be really, really nice—you never know.

Related Stories:
· Delta - Risk-Free Cancellation [Official Site]
· United - Cancel Itinerary Within 24 Hours [Official Site]
· Continental - Make Flight Reservations FAQ [Official Site]
· Virgin America FAQ [Official Site]
· Hold Your Reservation On AA [Official Site]
· Airlines coverage [Jaunted]

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