Another way the airline industry has found a way to screw the consumer:
1. You purchase a ticket. Of course it’s non-refundable; why would I want to pay double the amount when my true intentions is to fly?
2. Unfortunately, there are circumstances that do not allow you to use that ticket (but you do cancel with enough time for them to reissue it to someone else), so MAYBE you get some credit. But of course they charge you over $200 for cancellation.
3. That seat now gets occupied by someone who pays a higher premium because it is closer to the date of travel.
4. The airlines not only did NOT get cheated because there was no one in that seat, but now they have your money for doing absolutely nothing for you, PLUS the money of the passenger that does occupy the seat.
Now, if you purchase the tickets months before the travel date you might have saved, and now you cancel and the person who does ultimately get that seat pays much more. So a seat that might have been $200 goes for $350 due to the date of travel. The airline now receives a total $550 for a shitty seat.
No longer do they serve any meals, boarding sucks, security at the airport is horrendous. This is why unless I have to be at a place quickly or it’s out of the country, I would much rather drive (even if the drive takes more than 24 hours). I remember the days when people used to wear their best clothing when they were flying. It’s truly disgusting how all these companies find loopholes to get paid for providing absolutely NO SERVICE.