How To Get A Refund From Expedia

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Your travel plans might get disrupted for a variety of reasons. Travel, local events, worldwide crises, or changes in the weather can cancel your flights or delay them. That’s to say nothing about your own personal health, plans, or family crises that might stop you from going on your vacation.

If you booked a flight through Expedia and need to have it canceled for whatever reason, then you will need to try and get a refund from Expedia. However, the refunds don’t depend on or follow Expedia’s terms of service, but rather on the refund policies for each specific airline. So you will need to make sure you understand those policies before you start requesting a refund.

Thankfully, finding this information is easy to do, and you’ll be able to cancel your flight and also get a refund without too much trouble. All you have to do is follow a few simple steps, and your money will be back in your pocket.


Log into Your Expedia Account

Head to the Expedia website first and log into your account. Then, head to the subheading that says ‘My Trips’ and follow the instructions there. In some cases, you might need to cancel your flight and talk to the airline in order to receive your refund. You can see all of the cancelation policies for the different airlines inside your booking itinerary or on the Expedia website.

Make sure you understand the cancellation policies for your specific airline before you start canceling the flights, that way you can have the money needed to cover any cancelation fees in hand before it shows up. 

Additionally, if you have two one-way tickets for two different airlines and you need to cancel both, then the fees and other rules and regulations can change based on each airline’s individual rules. So one ticket’s cancelation fee might be different than the others, along with the policies and rules.

Once you understand all of that, it’s as simple as selecting the option to cancel the flight. You either cancel the flight using Expedia or by using the airlines’ own website to handle the cancelation. After you subtract the cancelation fee, then the rest of the money is refunded to you.


Receiving the Refund

Most refunds for flights are taking a while, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and at the time of this writing, the refunds are often issued within twelve weeks of the cancelation. However, you can track your refund through your Expedia itinerary on the website. The website tracks your money no matter where it is, although the website does take 24 hours to process your refund.

After those 24 hours are up, then the bank or payment service will handle the rest of the payment. It typically takes them one week to put the money in your account and one to two billing cycles to show the credit on your bank statement. Again, this will be different depending on your bank, but with the tracker, you will be able to see where your funds are in realtime.

As the refund gets closer to you, Expedia will send you an email detailing where your refund will go. This is typically at the same method of payment that you used to purchase the flight, so the money will end up back on your card, in your bank, or on your PayPal account once the refund is complete.

Additionally, any cancelation fees will be automatically deducted from your refund before it is sent back to you. So you won’t have to worry about having to pay them yourself, because a refund is often confusing enough!


Understanding Cancellation Fees

 The different cancelation fees that are applied to your account will change depending on several factors, and it’s important to understand them so you can make sure that you know how much money you are getting back for your refund.

The biggest factor is what you paid for the flight for. Most airlines have some type of points system that you can use in lieu of paying for a flight, and if that flight is canceled then the refund is deducted from your point total.

So if you have 2,000 points and spend 1,000 on your flight, then you have 1,000 left. If you have to cancel that flight, then the cancelation fee would be converted into points and removed from your total. For example, if your cancelation fee is 30 dollars and converted into 500 points, then 500 points would be removed from your total.

If you paid for the flight with your credit or debit card, then the fees are deducted as normal. If you paid for half the flight with your point’s balance and the other half with your credit card, then your credit card will be used to cover the cancelation fee if you don’t have enough points in your account to cover it.

This can be very confusing, especially if you did pay for the flight using some combination of points and cash from your card. Still, Expedia does its best to label the refund and make it clear what is coming out of what if you need to deal with any cancellation fees.

Dealing With A Non-Refundable Flight

Sadly, some flights cannot be canceled or refunded, but if that is the case then you are not doomed to lose your entire deposit. Expedia offers the ability to legally sell your flight to someone else. If you know of someone else who can benefit from a flight that you can’t go on, then you just need to change the names on the ticket, pay a small fee, and then sell the tickets to someone else.

Expedia offers a lot of different ways to receive your refund and easily cancel a flight that you cannot go on. As long as you keep an eye on your account, then you will be able to see your funds and easily take the steps needed to get your refund.

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