What You Should Know About Bereavement Flights

Published: 01st April 2009
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Some airlines offer bereavement flights for people who needs to see a terminally ill relative or to go to a funeral. These flights are available for the immediate family of the deceased or terminally ill.



They are usually discounted from the published seat rates of the airline, and have flexible booking rules.



Although they might sound like a good deal, some bereavement fares are actually higher than the airline's promotional fares. When shopping for a bereavement flight, just make sure you've covered all your bases well, and ask for all available fares for a given day.



Flexible Travel on Bereavement Flights



One advantage of bereavement flights is that they have flexible travel rules which aren't available with other fares. These have open return dates and allow date changes. This means that you don't need to indicate the date of your return during the time of the purchase. Where your flight is concerned, you'll have the peace of mind of not having to worry about catching your flight back.



Policies may vary from one airline to the next, but the majority of airlines offer bereavement flights to immediate family members only. These flights are not available to distant relatives and friends. Some airlines do allow domestic partners and legal guardians as well.



As proof, most airlines require the name of the terminally ill or deceased person; and the contact details of the attending doctor, or of the funeral home. When applicable, a copy of the death certificate is required by some airlines. It is best to check the airline first, to determine what the requirements might be. One airline's regulations might be different from the next.



Prices of Bereavement Flights



The prices for bereavement flights are usually still higher, when compared to an airline's last-minute rates. If you are in the unfortunate situation of needing a bereavement flight, the first thing you should do is to search for airline rates online. Once you've found the lowest rate available for your target date, call the airline to see if they have less expensive bereavement flights. If you don't have the time to do this, you can enlist the help of a local travel agent to do the leg work for you.



Bereavement flights can be booked over the phone, or over the counter in person. You must already have the requirements with you in order to speed up the process.



Grieving can be hard, especially if you're far away. A bereavement flight is often the best and fastest way to reach a loved one's funeral, or to spend some time with them before they go.





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Anna is a writer, a photographer, a webmaster, and a poet. Visit her blog, In Loving Memory Poems, to find funeral poems and poems of bereavement. To find a variety of memorial items, bereavement gifts, memorials, jewlery, funeral music, and more, visit her store at Your Bereavement .

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