Is my airline credit about to expire? What you need to know

When the pandemic hit last year and crushed people’s air travel plans, the airlines quickly moved to protect your tickets and issued credits for future travel. Most of those credits were scheduled to expire this year.

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In fact, by some estimates, as many as 55% of airline credits were going to expire this year as of January 1.

Airline Ticket Extensions Granted

Now, things have changed. The airlines realized that people might not have enough time to use those credits so many of them have offered extensions. Here’s exactly where the domestic airlines stand as of this blog’s publication date:

American
Travel vouchers scheduled to expire between March 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021 are granted an extension of an additional 12 months.

Delta
Customers must re-book and complete trips by Dec. 31, 2022.

Frontier
The customer should book travel by the expiration date (they are not required to travel by that expiration date). Frontier’s flight schedule now extends to April 2022.

JetBlue
All travel credits that JetBlue issued March through June of 2020 must be booked by March through June 2022 (24 months from date of issue).

Southwest
Flight credits set to expire between March 1, 2020, and Sept. 7, 2020 are extended to Sept. 7, 2022.

Spirit
Flight credits issued since March 2020 have been extended. Customers can use the credits to travel until Dec. 31, 2021, and flights must be booked by Sept. 30.

United Airlines
Airline tickets purchased between May 1, 2019, and March 31, 2021 will not expire until March 31, 2022.

Check with the Booking Agency or Airline

Even if you think that your airline credit has probably been extended, you should still check in with the online booking agency or airline to make sure you understand the terms of your ticket. Though most credits are not expiring, there are still some instances where you might not have qualified for an extension.

If this does happen to you, the airlines are being quite lenient right now so it doesn’t hurt to ask for another extension into 2022. We’ve heard that many customers have had good luck with this approach.

Jog Your Memory

Maybe some of you are actually unsure if you have a credit or not! His year has been a doozy. If you’re unsure at all, it can’t hurt to reach out to the airlines and check to make sure you use any potential credits so you don’t lose that money!

Consider All Your Options

You might be on the fence whether you want to use those credits this year or just push it to 2022. We recommend booking flights this year for a few reasons. First, airfares are still low right now. There’s a good chance that as demand for travel increases, the fares are going to rise. And because people are just starting to consider post-pandemic trips, the experience of travel is especially comfortable right now. There aren’t any crowds and usually crowded attractions are going to be much less so. That won’t last either.

Whatever you decide to do, CheapAir will be right there with you, offering our best advice for domestic domestic summer and Europe travel, and the holidays very soon. Do you have an airline credit that’s about to expire? Are there any questions we can help you with? Let us know about your plans in the comments section.

3 Comments

  1. I have a credit do I have to fly where I was original going or can I go somewhere else

    1. Hi Renee, most airfares will allow you to change your destination. If you booked with us, you can email help@CheapAir.com with your 10-digit booking number and we can review the exchange rules of your reservation.

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