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Old 01-05-2014, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Southwest Charlotte
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I'm currently 8 months pregnant and living down in NC. My parents and sister still live in NY and would like to be present for the birth next month. This being my first baby, I believe with a 2 hour flight, they should be able to make it in time. My only hesitation is them having to spend a ridiculous amount of money on last minute tickets. I've done a little research and saw that Southwest (according to their website) do not charge change fees but US Air will charge $150 per ticket. Does anyone have any experience with this? And good ideas? My due date is Feb 25th but who knows if I will be 2 weeks early or 2 weeks late.
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:32 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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USAir $150 + Increase in Fare.

Booking two hours out the walkup fare for LGA-CTL is close to $400, They would do better just booking the walkup fare. Then Paying the $100/Advance Purchase + $150 Change Fee (There would be no value left in the Advance Purchase Ticket).

So Over all it would be cheaper for them to just do the walkup fare. While it would be nice for them to be there. I would just have them book a ticket to come around the due date. (If they make it great, If not They will be there when they can).
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Southwest would still charge the fare difference.

You could always buy the lowest available refundable fares for multiple dates, but that is frowned upon.
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Afoig, said it best; they can book a few flights and take a chance, but it really isn't something I would do. I think either they need to purchase a ticket around your due date or take their chances. Normally the doctor will have some idea very soon whether the baby is going to arrive around his/her due date or early, late whatever. Of course never can we be sure, mother nature will do what she wants. Congrats, good luck, safe delivery and let's hope your mom and sis can be there.
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:35 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Southwest would still charge the fare difference.

You could always buy the lowest available refundable fares for multiple dates, but that is frowned upon.
Why don't you have them book 2 incoming flights-both nonrefundable, but on SW always available as credits, a few days apart, and as you get a better idea which day they need to arrive, cancel the one not used, and use it as credit towards the departing flight out?
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:47 PM
 
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Why don't you have them book 2 incoming flights-both nonrefundable, but on SW always available as credits, a few days apart, and as you get a better idea which day they need to arrive, cancel the one not used, and use it as credit towards the departing flight out?
There are two caveats to this strategy.

First, unused flight segments MUST be cancelled in advance - a rule change in the past six months.

Second, the credits can ONLY be used by the person whose name is on the ticket.

Don't get me wrong, it is a viable strategy but not as good as it was three years ago.
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Why don't you have them book 2 incoming flights-both nonrefundable, but on SW always available as credits, a few days apart, and as you get a better idea which day they need to arrive, cancel the one not used, and use it as credit towards the departing flight out?
I was thinking that, if they really wanted to be there, they could book more than two flights as long as they were willing to spend some extra money temporarily only to have it refunded. Credits have to be used within a certain amount of time even on Southwest and I have no idea how often they travel.

Frequently walk-up fares (at least on most airlines) can be significantly more expensive than the lowest available refundable fare.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:12 PM
 
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I was thinking that, if they really wanted to be there, they could book more than two flights as long as they were willing to spend some extra money temporarily only to have it refunded. Credits have to be used within a certain amount of time even on Southwest and I have no idea how often they travel.

One year from the date of BOOKING. It is clearly stated on the booking confirmation.
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