London Flight Update-Big Discount!

As mentioned in a previous post, I’m going to London in early May for research and sight seeing. I thought I’d let you know that prices have dropped a lot, and so I called Continental Airlines, who I’m flying on, and they actually gave me a price adjustment.

For international flights, since it was within 30 days of my purchase, I could make the adjustment for $50 (the price difference was almost $300/making that worthwhile). If it had been over 30 days the adjustment fee would have been $250 (still sort of worthwhile). For domestic flights the fees are much lower.

My friend who is also going to London tried to get her price adjusted but if I remember correctly she bought through a discount online travel deal (Orbitz, Travelocity type of site) and therefore no adjustment.

To be clear, they didn’t give me my money back, but, they did give me a merchandise credit for the difference, which at a couple hundred bucks is enough for another domestic flight.

So, the reason I’m telling you this is that it’s a research trip primarily and I know you all take similar journeys. Conferences, research travel, checking out new possible places of employment, etc. Turns out you don’t have to worry so much about finding the right deal as things can be worked out if a better deal comes along. (Note–I’m not on first class or business class or anything, this was a regular coach economy ticket).

Thought I’d let you know in case it helps. And if anyone has any tips for my London trip I’d still love to hear them.

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