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If you purchased flights from Expedia, you may need to cancel or change them due to unforeseen circumstances. If so, you’re probably wondering how Expedia flight credits work. You’ll be glad to hear it’s a simple, easy-to-understand process.
The first thing to do when using an Expedia flight credit is to open your itinerary and take a look at the airline policies for the fare type(s) you selected. If your fare is non-refundable, the airline will most likely offer you a credit good toward future travel. There may or may not be a flight change fee involved, depending on the fare type. If so, the amount of the credit will be the original price you paid minus the airline change fee.
Cheaper fares are generally more restrictive and have more fees for things like changes and cancellations, but you can check this in the fare rules and conditions in your itinerary. If you can’t find the information online in Expedia MyTrips, another place to look is the confirmation email you received with your e-ticket.
Do Expedia flight credits expire?
Most Expedia flight credits do expire and must be used by a certain date. How long the credit is good for depends on the airline that issued the ticket, but a general rule of thumb is 1 year from the date of cancellation.
How to use an Expedia flight credit
After you cancel your Expedia flights, you’ll receive a cancellation confirmation email containing details of your flight credit (depending on the fare type and if changes / cancellations are allowed). You can use this credit to purchase future flights.
When booking the new flights, keep in mind that there are restrictions on how you can use an Expedia flight credit. The first thing to know is that you can’t use the credit directly with an airline, you must redeem it for another Expedia booking. In addition, the airline may impose fare and cabin class restrictions, limiting the credit redemption options. Finally, you can only use the flight credits to purchase airfare, not other services like baggage, meals, and upgrades.
To use the Expedia flight credit, log into your Expedia account. Go to the My Account page, select Coupons and Credits, then select the credit you wish to use. Follow the instructions to redeem it for a different flight. If the credit doesn’t show up in the My Account section, call Expedia at (866) 310-5768 and an agent can assist you. You’ll need to know the original itinerary number, credit amount, and traveler names.
If you’re logged into your Expedia account and have searched for flights, you can use the “Check credits” link at the top of the flight search results to see eligible flights.
There are a few things to keep in mind with regard to fare difference when using a flight credit from Expedia. If the new flight costs more than your airline credit amount, you’ll have to pay the difference. If the new flight costs less than your airline credit amount, some airlines only allow you to use the credit once, meaning you would lose any leftover credit. You can see the airline’s flight change and cancellation policies in the cancellation email you received from Expedia.
From expiration dates to restrictions on use, this guide was developed to answer the pertinent questions about using an Expedia flight credit, and we hope it answered yours. If you have additional questions about this topic, please drop us a line.
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