Refunding the difference when fares drop

Tracy Stewart, April 30, 2010
Fares from Washington DC, District of Columbia:

    Q. I bought a flight ticket on Delta 2 days ago for $300 now I see it's gone down to $260. Is there any way to get the difference?

    A. Unfortunately, no... they'd charge you $150 to reissue the ticket, wiping out any savings. Southwest, on the other hand, would have given you a credit good for a future flight, in the entire fare drop amount. Most airlines charge a hefty fee to refund a fare drop difference. Check out our newly revised fee chart for current change fees.