Nobody loves unexpected travel changes. Similarly, changes in airline reservation are one of the things that no one likes to make. Traveling last minute to meet a family member, friend or loved one who is admitted to the hospital, or to attend a funeral is stressful. Some time ago, most airlines used to provide generous emergency travel services for corporate travelers. Known as compassion or bereavement fares, they offered substantially more than regular discounts on regular airfares, to ease the burden of the eleventh hour. Unfortunately, such trend is phasing out among many airlines today as tickets are already heavily discounted. But, some airlines still offer either a different rate or a flat discount on existing airfares, as determined by the carrier. However, policies vary airline to airline.
Typically, only immediate family members can avail bereavement fares. In some cases, applicants for such a fare must provide evidence of an emergency. The documentation may require an official letter from a physician along with name, address, and contact details of the hospital, funeral home or hospice to qualify for the discount.
In an emergency situation, the stress may not let you think clearly. Therefore, consider following options for your convenience and savings. Here are some tips for you.
To enhance emergency travel services for corporate travelers, Forest Travel has a 24-hour emergency line to satisfactorily take care of any complications, and serve last minute trips and urgent flight changes.
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BY: Carmen Stinson
Corporate Travel Director – Forest Travel Agency