what does "flex this fare" actually do?

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  1. MalcoveMagnesia
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    MalcoveMagnesia Silver Member

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    So I noticed this new thing when booking a flight on dl.dumb:

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    What does this new thing actually do? Does it change my "Q" fare into something better (e.g. flexible "M"; higher fare class means higher chances of upgrade possibilities), or does it change it to some other goofy form of a "Q" fare?

    or?
     
  2. mattsteg
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    Buy it and find out what you get, and then refund it.

    The only Q I see on sfo-okc is a walk-up 1-way fare QA00A0NA. There is an H fare HA00A0RA priced at $51 more that looks to be changeable/refundable. It appears that this is an upsell to the cheapest flexible fare.
     
  3. rwoman
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    I'd want it to be an M or higher to get 1.5x MQM ;)
     
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    As would I, unless I actually wanted the flexibility.
     
  5. chaz4449

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    Wow, when I see "flex this fare" they're usually asking for at least $500 per way per person ;)...
     
  6. MSPeconomist
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    It changes the fare code to Y or B for coach, usually full F if you're already taking an A or P ticket. In principle, it gives you a buy-up to a refundable ticket, but in practice this does not give you the lowest refundable fare. Check the box, then see the fare codes and total fare it gives. Compare to "start again" on advanced search by fare code when checking the refundable only box.

    Note also that if delta.dumb is giving you a corporate travel discount, checking the "flex this fare" box tends to return the fully refundable fares without any discount, even though the discount icon is displayed.

    You have been warned.
     

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