How to best use airfare credit?
January 24, 2013 11:24 AM Subscribe
I have a $1,700 airfare credit with American that I cannot use by its expiration date in July. What can I do?
posted by unannihilated to travel & transportation (25 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Last July I had to cancel an international flight. (I could not get the time off from work, if it matters.) The ticket was non-refundable and consequently I ended up with a nearly $1,700 credit with American Airlines due to expire in one year.
I've yet to use any of the credit, and I won't be able to take a vacation within the next calendar year. (Partially for medical reasons, if that matters. Not sure if airlines are receptive to pity cases.) I have a couple of small flights (US city to US city) that I need to take within the next few months, but it won't come near to the amount of the credit, and after checking flight prices, it would also be a waste of money in the sense that American is often one of the more expensive options for these particular flights.
Is there any way to get the time for the credit extended? Any way to exchange the credit for cash? What can I do to recoup the maximum amount from this credit? This is not an insignificant sum for me, in fact I could really, really use this money for medical bills, so I'm willing to do some finagling to wring the most from it. Thank you!