Voucher for Sale

May 20, 2013
Fares from Washington DC:

    Q. I showed up at the airport for my flight, but was told that the plane was “oversold” and I would be put on the next flight out, leaving in three hours. The airline offered me a voucher good for future travel anywhere they fly in the U.S., however it has to be used within a year of issue and I have no plans to travel. Can I sell the voucher to someone else?

    A. You might be able to use the voucher to arrange transportation for someone else, if the voucher is “transferrable”) (some are, some are not). But it’s probably against airline rules to outright sell it to another party. In any case, you were entitled to a cash payment on the spot rather than a voucher if you were involuntarily denied boarding. So in the future, if you’re bumped from a flight, never accept a travel voucher. You’re entitled to a cash payment on the spot of up to $1200 or 400 percent of the value of the one-way fare depending on the length of the delay.

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