Good riddance to bereavement fares

As airlines try to cut costs, bereavement fares for last-minute travel following the death of an immediate family member are slowly disappearing.

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From the June 2014 issue of the magazine.

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As airlines try to cut costs, bereavement fares for last-minute travel following the death of an immediate family member are slowly disappearing. American Airlines stopped offering them earlier this year, while options with Canadian airlines are very limited. Even Air Canada and WestJet admit bereavement fares are not necessarily a great deal. The reality is that in today’s competitive travel market, you’re simply more apt to find a less expensive fare with a quick internet search than any bereavement offering.

6 comments on “Good riddance to bereavement fares

  1. I do not believe that bereavement fares should be cut! How often are they used? Stats? I recently had a death of a dear friend, my fare was going to be 878.00. The day after the funeral it dropped to 560. Either way IF this had been a close relative (and those things are coming), I would not have been able to go the funeral. I do not believe the savings outweigh the need..

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  2. Not sure why the author’s nose is bent out of shape over bereavement fares

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  3. I’ve travelled Westjet twice in the last 3 weeks as my mom was dying of cancer, and paid the expensive last minute fares each time. All my flights were not full each time. Now that she has died I discover there is no real discount for bereavement fares for myself, spouse and 3 children to attend her funeral, over $2400 for 5 tickets for 3 days. We’ve decided to drive from Langley BC to Edmonton Alberta instead and endure 13 hours in a vehicle each way and take an extra 2 days for travel. Even with high gas prices it doesn’t make sense for a family to fly overpriced domestic routes these days. So much for them being the bargain airline.

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  4. “The reality is that in today’s competitive travel market, you’re simply more apt to find a less expensive fare with a quick internet search than any bereavement offering.” … what competitive market? Last minute fares offered by Air Canada and West Jet are high! what airline do I go to get a competitive last minute fare? The author is out of touch, and I am out of pocket ~$3,200 for Edmonton to Halifax return flights for three of us. The fact that I may have saved $300 does not leave me feeling kindly about Air Canada.

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  5. Had to use this ‘service’ several years ago Air Canada took a lot of pressure off me and my family, I felt the flight to the UK and the connecting flights were professionally attended to. Had only to use this service once, but because of Air Canada’s handling of it , I have gone out of my way since to fly Air Canada to Europe so certainly Air Canada has also benefited from this !

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  6. Forgot to mention Was put on a flight the same day in Vancouver, was back in the UK before my mother died Thanks again Air Canada

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