Low airfare guarantees

August 08, 2011
Fares from Washington DC:

     Book a flight with a third-party website rather than an airline, and discover there's a lower price elsewhere? Some websites will take care of you.

    Lowest fare guarantee?

    Price drop refund?

    The details

    Need to know

    Cheapflights

    No

    No

    N/A

    No

    CheapOair

    Yes, honored with concrete proof of new, lower fare.

    Yes – fare difference or 100% refund

    Call within 2 hours of booking; have screenshot ready to send in by email

    Refund can take more than a month!

    Cheaptickets

    No

    No

    N/A

    There is a guarantee for hotel bookings

    Expedia

    Yes, make claim over the phone within 24 hours of booking

    No

    If the claim can be verified, you get a $50 coupon

    Call (800) EXPEDIA to initiate the claim.

    Hotwire

    No

    No

    N/A

    There is a guarantee for hotel bookings

    Orbitz

    Yes, make claim online by midnight on day of booking.

    Yes: if another Orbitz customer books your exact same itinerary for less they'll give you the difference, with some caveats.

    Find a fare more than $5 less and get a $50 coupon

    Be aware they mean midnight, Central Time.

    Priceline

    Yes, up until midnight on the departure date

    Yes – they'll rebook you at the lower fare and refund the difference

    Call to make the claim; make sure claim can be verified independently before you do

    You'll also get $25, plus a $50 coupon towards a vacation package purchase.

    SmartFares

    Yes, within 24 hours of booking

    Yes – they'll sometimes rebook your fare at the new, lower price

    Make claim by phone within 24 hours of booking original fare

    Sometimes issues $50 service fee coupons instead or rebooking or refunding.

    Travelocity

    Yes, with proof within 24 hours of your booking

    Yes – you may be refunded the difference and rebooked at the lower rate

    Claims must be made over the phone; no screenshots accepted

    May receive $50 promo code coupons good for hotels and packages only, instead.

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