Does US really not waive fare difference under Travel Advisories

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  1. HeathrowGuy
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    The US travel advisories seem to suggest the airline has the gall to seek extra fare in instances where it waives change fees due to severe weather. Is that indeed the case?
     
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    UACO does the same, if your original fare class is not available you will have to pay a pretty penny to change flights...
     
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    Depends on the UACO waiver, some require same booking class and waive difference, others don't.
     
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    That is indeed the case. $150 change fee waived, but the fare difference is still on you.
     
  5. HeathrowGuy
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    That's nuts, given waivers often come out within 48 hours of departure, such that there will almost always be a significant fare difference.
     
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    Did you have a specific experience with this? I've made changes under travel advisories two or three times in the past couple years, and don't think I've ever paid more than about $20 (once I owed $2, another time was $15). I've always wondered if I just got lucky and fares hadn't gone up, or if in those situations they don't present you with the highest fare classes out there, so I'd be curious to hear about what others have encountered with this process.

    It's still BS, but at least in my situations, it didn't seem like they were charging the same crazy high walk-up fare that you might otherwise see if you tried to book a ticket 36 hours in advance.
     
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    I had a similar problem with US for a flight I booked July 2011 from SFO-EWR for May 2012. Wrote them a letter and got rejected.

    I booked a UA codeshare flight thru US that had a US flight number. UA "cancelled" the flight by changing its flight number as part of their realignment with CO. The exact same flight still exists today however, but with a different UA number. For whatever reason that flight is no longer available to US as a codeshare and they would not rebook me into it. Fine. However, there are still 2 other codeshare flights with US flight numbers. I accepted one of these codeshares and they still charged me the fare difference, though they waived the change fee. US is proving why they are one of the worst service companies, never mind airlines, in the country. Somebody has to bring up the rear and they seem to do it so well.
     
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    It's a pretty disappointing change.. however once at the airport, i've gotten plenty of flexibility with the move-up program, free to elites.
     
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    It really depends on the agent you talk to, Friday when I went to change, the desk agent asked me for $2000 i asked about the travel waiver and he marked it as invol reroute and it came out free, although he didn't even get a direct confirm of there was a waiver, asked a co-worker and they thought there was due to the bad snow haha

    I did read the waiver and it said it had to be same fare class
     
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