All About Fare Rules
Why do I need to know about fare rules?
Great question. With online travel reservations, you just tell the web site where you want to go and when, and the site will "find the best trip" for you. All the fare rule interpretation goes on behind the scenes, so the consumer doesn't have to worry about it. Isn't that the end of the story?
I think online travel reservations are great because they do make it so easy for the traveling public to research travel and make reservations on their own.
Most of the time the process works well. In this case, I would argue that you still need to read and understand the fare rules for the ticket you are buying. These rules are available online before confirming your ticket purchase.
Remember that airfares are in fact very complex, and online reservation systems try to simplify them. Sometimes this simplicity may mean that the best itinerary and fare for you may not appear in the list of options. By understanding fare rules, you'll have a much better idea whether or not you're not getting the best fare and itinerary.
We recommend using the flexible dates feature on Travelocity.com . With this feature, you enter your origin and destination, and Travelocity will give you a list of published fares. You can then select a fare, see on which dates it's applicable, and proceed from there.
If you still need help, call your travel agent.