I understand many people use Jet Blue’s refundable ticket option for their “return” flight when coming into Costa Rica. How does this work? Do you have to purchase it the same day you arrive?
Some basic info
How to Cancel an Airline Ticket Within 24 Hours, Without Fees
Weâ€™ve all been there! you enter the credit card digits on what you think is awesome airfare, but just moments later you realize that really wasnâ€™t the case. Thankfully Uncle Sam has got your back more than ever, as now cancelling flights within 24 hours of booking is pretty much the law.
They call it their â€œrisk-free guaranteeâ€ and they actually had this pretty generous policy before the new rules and regulations went into effect. Refunds are allowed for most tickets purchased directly through their website, as long as you are leaving from the United States, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Again, you can do it all online, and you will be credited back with a full refundâ€”including any prepaid fees and direct ticketing chargesâ€”with no cancellation fee.
When it come to booking now and changing your mind laterâ€”United is totally cool with itâ€”even after their merger with Continental. Their 24-hour flexible booking policy allows you to change things as well as cancel within 24 hours of when you booked your flight. The clock starts ticking as soon as your enter your credit card digits at United.com, and refund requests will be credited back in the original form of payment. If you use that FareLock thing to hold a certain price and end up booking laterâ€”youâ€™re out of luckâ€”those fees will not be returned.
If youâ€™re going through American Airlines to get your tickets things work a little differentlyâ€”but not necessarily in a bad way. They are cool with you holding your ticket online before booking, and they give you at least 24 hours to make up your mind. Your resy is held until midnight on the following day. After that youâ€™re free to book or free to let the hold expire, but after your booking you’re going to be flying.
No problem if youâ€™re booking with either Southwest Airlines or their little buddies over at AirTran, as the 24-hour fee-free cancellation is not a big deal. Southwest is even pretty proud of the fact that theyâ€™ve been basically doing this since 2000. Remember, they also donâ€™t have change fees, so as long as you are willing to pay the fare difference youâ€™re free to change your mind on pretty much any ticket. Now you can calm down, call your grandma back, and tell her that you will be there for the holidays after all.
Yet another generous airline. They allow reservations to be held for at least 24 hours, but just make sure that you do so at least a week in advance of your planned departure. After handing over your plastic money youâ€™re fine to cancel within 24 hours of booking, and the payment will head back to your cardâ€”or whatever elseâ€”without any sort of cancellation fee.
Hope it helps!