Cancellation fees for budget airlines

We all know how budget airlines can end up costing more than a standard airline fee from a larger well established flight carrier but it doesn’t stop the millions of passengers who choose them over the bigger budget airlines instead. As flights can sometimes cost more than accommodation finding the cheapest possible fare is sometimes the only way most people can go on holiday.

As most people choose not to get travel insurance there are many charges that can leave them out of pocket if things were to go wrong. One of the unfair charges that seems to attracting a lot of unwanted attention for these airlines are cancellation fees. We all know that if you were to travel on a big budget airline but were forced to cancel in good time you are more than likely to have a straightforward and successful claim to get your money back, minus a small handling fee. With budget airlines this does not seem to be the case.

Cancellation fees budget airlines
Unfortunately budget airlines can force you to pay a fee for them to give you a letter so you can present it to your insurer to get your fare back. The fees start from £17 and soars to £50 depending on the airline. Some airlines however do not charge you a fee to get a ‘no show’ letter as evidence that you did not fly; these are EasyJet, Flybe, Virgin and BA. APD or air passenger duty is usually reclaimed from the airline but as most make you pay and administration fee you may find that you are left out of pocket as these can cost as much as £25 when APD is only £11.

It seems unfair that airlines charge us for checking in, choosing seats and even up to £35 for a checked in baggage of only 15 kilos. It means airlines are charging twice for seats and there is no law preventing them from doing so. As a result of this people who do not fly are not claiming back any charges as travel insurance policies also have an excess charge that all claimants must pay, these range from £50 – £100 so in the end you are left with nothing or in extreme cases out of pocket.

A passenger recently booked a flight to Morocco for his family but after running into problems getting the visas sorted he wanted to cancel, the airline did not let him and he had to pay a further £600 on top of the original £400 just to change the dates so he could fly at a later date. Where’s the justice?