Cancellations and Refunds With Humanitarian Flights

Many people ask me all the time how the cancellation and refund process works with the humanitarian flights. I have dedicated this to all of my adopting families and others who have questions about cancellations and refunds with humanitarian flights, so I can hopefully help to answer them here. Some benefits of using humanitarian airfare include the fact that these flights are refundable, minus airline penalties and fees, if you should need to cancel the flight prior to your departure date. Most flights out there on the internet are non-refundable, but the humanitarian flights are not in that category.

Missionary and humanitarian flights, unlike most flights, are refundable, minus airline penalties and fees if you should need to cancel and request a refund. These are not total refunds of 100% of your flight cost, but they do help tremendously, since most other flights are non-refundable. There are many other benefits to using humanitarian airfare as well. Humanitarian flights are changeable and usually the first change after departure does not have an airline penalty, so the change fees are much lower than changing a regular flight that you will find. Also, since humanitarian flights are only able to be accessed by a missionary and adoption travel agent, you can also expect much better service than using an online travel engine to purchase your flights.

The cancellation process for humanitarian and missionary flights can take around six weeks before you will see the refund applied back to your credit card. However, many people notice that their refunds show up closer to two or three weeks after the cancellation has been processed with the airline. There are always going to be multiple charges and credits with any refund of this nature, and many times you will need to add up the costs and credits which should all equal up to the amount quoted to you for your refund.

Sometimes an adopting family will need to cancel just the return portion of their flight for various reasons, and re-book with another airline at a later time. This is a case when the family would be very thankful that they have humanitarian flights vs. published flights. The humanitarian flights are refundable, even for just the return portion. This is always just a partial refund, less airline penalties and fees, but still helps tremendously to preserve some of the loss that would otherwise be incurred.

Generally, families who use humanitarian flights, especially for adoption travel, are very happy with them if they need to make changes to their return date. There are sometimes unpredictable circumstances that cause families to be forced to cancel their flights for adoption travel, and when these things happen, they are always very thankful that they have used humanitarian flights rather than anything they could have booked on their own.

I hope this helps in answering some of your questions!

Safe Travels!

Tabitha Lovell, International Travel Manager

How to Book Direct Flights to Mumbai

Mumbai is the business capital of India and the capital of Maharashtra. The most happening city of India never sleeps in night and its magnificence and splendor make it different from other cities. India’s largest stock exchange is situated here. It is previously known as “Bombay”. It will be unfair if we don’t discuss about Bollywood while talking about Mumbai. It is the biggest film industry in India. Everybody wants to visit Mumbai to see this enthralling and vibrating city.

The best way to commute to Mumbai is by air. There are various airlines which operate their direct flights to Mumbai on daily basis. It has the busiest airport in the country in terms of passenger traffic which is known as Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. It caters needs of millions of passengers every day because it is well connected to the entire world.

You can get flights to Mumbai from all the major airports in India. You can also avail cheap air tickets to reach here as many airlines usually offer discounted air fares. Whether it is your vacation or business trip you can get direct flights on daily basis. Various airlines offers huge discount on air tickets to reach here if purchased well in advance. Different airlines operate their direct flight to Mumbai like Jet Airways, Indian Airlines, SpiceJet, GoAir, etc.

There are various places to visit in this city which attracts thousands of visitors. If you are planning to visit the city then the main attractions are Essel World, Marine Drive, Gateway of India, Hanging Garden, and Film City etc. To visit Mumbai all you have to do is book your air tickets and visit the thriving metropolis.

As the urge to visit the city is continuously rising, airlines are also increasing number of flights from all the major cities to Mumbai. Large numbers of flights are available from New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Goa, Kolkata, Ahmadabad, etc. There are international flights which are from London, New York, Tokyo, Dubai, Singapore, etc. Now airline companies are initiating cheap flights on almost every route. To get a cheap flight ticket to Mumbai it is advised to book your ticket online or call your travel agent to know the best deal. You can also check information on their websites and can confirm tickets online.

To avail discount on the air tickets you have to negotiate with the travel agent or the airline companies. You can also book your ticket in Low Cost Carrier like JetLite, SpiceJet which offer lucrative discount on the tickets. They always promote various schemes which give lot of discount and additional services. Low cost carriers also provide various facilities to make their airline more popular among mass.

Most of the airlines have also implemented online flight booking facility on their website to make it easy for travelers to book air tickets. Air ticket booking can also be done by calling the customer service of the airline. Purchasing air tickets directly from the airline can also save you huge money as this day airline doesn’t’ has to pay commission to any travel agent.