If you are asking yourself “Can I sell my non-refundable airline ticket?” you are not the only one! Lots of people cannot use their non-refundable flights and are not sure what to do with them. Many people do not know there is something to be done at all!
How to sell an airline ticket
You can transfer your flight to someone else if your airline allows you to change the name associated with the flight. There is always a fee for the name change and they vary. Most low-cost airlines offer name changes as part of their official policy and you can do it easily from your airline account. You can check if your airline allows name changes on their website or by calling customer service. Some regular airlines, which do not allow name changes as an official policy, make exceptions for their customers – I have seen quite a few occasions where airlines have deviated from their general terms to make a client happy and pocket in money from the fees. So it is always worth calling your airline’s customer service and trying to persuade them to allow you to change the name for a fee.
If you are selling a return flight, you will usually have to sell the two legs of the journey together. This is because the two flights are under one booking and the airlines usually allow you to change the name of the whole booking, not parts of it. If you have already used the outbound flight, it is unlikely that the airline will allow you to change the name of the inbound flight.
You can change the dates and the destinations of your flight
It is also useful to know that a lot of airlines allow you to change the dates and the departure and arrival destinations of your flight. Even if you can’t fly at all, but you find a buyer who can travel but needs different dates, you can change the dates of your flight too. Airlines usually charge a separate fee for that.
Sometimes you have to pay the fare difference
If you are changing the name of the flight or if you are changing the dates and/or destinations, some airlines ask you to pay the difference between the price you paid when you booked the flight and the current live price of the flight at the time of the change. If you know that you will be changing both the flight and the name, change them together to avoid paying more fees.