I bought plane tickets to from Toronto, Canada to Cairo, Egypt for my wife and I back in December, before the demonstrations started. The flight isn't until April 21. We were planning on visiting friends who are teaching there for a year.
The flight is on Turkish airlines, and it has a layover in Istanbul both going there and coming back. Because of the government travel advisory
which asks Canadians to avoid unnecessary travel to Egypt, I called our travel agent last week to cancel the Istanbul-Cairo portion of our ticket. Turkish airlines wants to charge us $500 for the change, plus the amount that the fare has increased since we bought the ticket. If we don't show up to get on the Istanbul-Cairo flight, the airline will cancel our flight home.
We feel this is unfair and unreasonable. We aren't asking to change flights, we just don't want to use a portion of the ticket we paid for. And we are making the change out of respect for a government issued travel advisory that was established long after we bought our tickets.
Secondly, I have a lot of time on my hands these days, and I'm considering suing in small claims court. I can't think of another instance where you have to pay for the privilege to use less of something you've already paid for. Can anyone offer advice on how I might make a successful argument in small claims?