To understand the tariff diversity is not easy, because the same airline on the same route offers dozens of them. Even professionals who are engaged in the sale of tickets, by heart I do not remember all the features. It all depends on what airline, at what rate the ticket was purchased, how long before departure you are going to take it. Moreover, in each case from the rules of a specific airline depends on the size of fines and the conditions of return.
However, there are a few important points. One of them – all the ticketsbelonging to the Russian airlines can take, regardless of the fare, and get back 100% of the cost.
The refund of tickets of foreign airlines depends on the fare. All airlines tariffs are divided into two categories: preferential and complete. The most flexible payment terms and booking is a full fare. The validity of the ticket at the full rate – 12 months, and therefore the ticket refund, change of route and date of departure even from foreign airlines, is possible without penalty – if a return ticket is produced prior to departure, not after.
Some airlines for a refund without penalties set deadline – the day before departure. Tickets are purchased at rates in economy and business class, and first class ticket you can take and after departure, it will have to pay the penalty (its size depends on the booking class, route and airline). You should consider the lower ticket price, the more it contains restrictions. Tickets bought at reduced rates in foreign companies, it is possible to pass most often only a fine.
But the most interesting thing happens after purchasing cheap tickets through the special offer. Such proposals in the vast majority do not provide the ability to return a ticket or change the date of departure. The customer is obliged to notify the airline rules of a return ticket is usually in small print below the price specified in a special footnote. If the flight is delayed due to airlines the full cost of tickets, the carrier is obliged to return without penalty. Apply this rule to all airlines of Russia that is similar to the rule adopted in most of the foreign airlines.