The latest US airline rebooking rules for travel vouchers and credits

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From bad weather conditions to travel delays due to health issues, flight cancellations are inevitable all year round. But when passengers have a last-minute canceled flight, it is typical for airlines to spend credits to redeem for future trips.

Recently, some international airlines have canceled flights to certain US destinations due to the 5G rollout, citing disruptions.

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Whether the credits are given on paper or digitally, they are convenient to keep and use as the time to travel is coming again. And to keep the travel going in the new year, many major US airlines have extended their policies for 2022.

Here are the updated rebooking policies for: American Airlines, United, Delta and Alaska Airlines in case you need to change or cancel your flight.

American Airlines Rebooking Policy 2022

American Airlines issues future travel credits in the form of Trip Credits, Flight Credits and Travel Vouchers. Under the airline’s 2022 policy, all future travel credits will be valid for one year from the date of issue.

Please note that all flight credits issued for flights voluntarily canceled by passengers during the airline’s Covid-19 flexible period can be used for future travel until March 31, 2022.

All travel vouchers with an expiry date between January 1, 2021 and May 31, 2021 are currently extended to March 31, 2022.

Travel credit holders can redeem by calling American Airlines Reservations or online at aa.com.

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Rebooking Policy: Delta Air Lines Update

Delta Air Lines earlier this month extended the validity of its eCredit policy for all existing creditors through 2023.

Under the updated policy, all travelers with existing Delta Air Lines eCredits can use them to book future trips with the airline. All bookings must be made by December 31, 2023 for travel now until the end of 2024.

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How to find your Delta Air Lines eCredit

If passengers have a SkyMiles account when they cancel their flight booking, they can access their eCredits by logging in and accessing their profiles on Delta.

You can also search for your eCredit to redeem for travel by entering the number of the credit card you used to book the travel or the 13-digit ticket number provided to you for your original flight.

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United Airlines’ Future Flight Credit Policy: 2022 Update for Travelers

Under United’s 2022 policy, most flight credits can be used for future travel within 12 months of the ticket originally issued. All future flight credits issued on or before December 31, 2021 are valid until December 31, 2022.

At United, all future flight credits are given to passengers who cancel their flight or transfer to a cheaper flight.

What can flight credits be used for on United?

Flight credits can be applied for air travel and for non-ticket items such as upgraded seats in Economy Plus, seat assignments in Basic Economy, and preferred seats when booking a ticket.

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Alaska Airlines Updated eCredit Policy for 2022

All future travel certificates (also known as e-credits) issued by Alaska Airlines are currently valid for: up to 12 months from the date of issue of the original ticket or 30 days from the exchange or cancellation date, whichever is greater. Alaska Airlines travel credits are issued when a passenger changes or cancels a non-refundable ticket.

Passengers can find their credit via email. The credit includes a certificate code and a PIN, which must be provided when you redeem your credit for future airline travel.

You can redeem your e-credits through the main Alaska Airlines website. Credits cannot be exchanged for trips booked through the mobile site or app.

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Southwest Airlines Travel Funds Policy for Unused Flights

Southwest’s flight credit system is called “travel funds.” Here, passengers can use their canceled flight credit to book future trips on Southwest.

According to the airline’s 2022 policy, your travel credit will expire exactly 12 months after you booked the original ticket with your credit or gift card. If the original ticket was booked with a Southwest LUV Voucher, the travel fund will assume the voucher’s expiration date. The same rule for the voucher applies if you book a flight with your travel money.

You can check your travel balance by logging into your online Southwest account or entering your six-digit confirmation number from your original flight booking on their website.

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