How to Use Airline Vouchers

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You can use airline vouchers to dramatically reduce the cost of your flight.
You can use airline vouchers to dramatically reduce the cost of your flight. (Image: Bernhard Lang/Photodisc/Getty Images)

An airline voucher is essentially a flight coupon valued at a certain currency amount. You can use the voucher to help pay for the cost of a new flight. Airlines usually issue vouchers specific to their company rather than as a generic coupon to be used on any airline. Airline companies will often offer you a voucher when something goes awry with your trip, such as an overbooked or cancelled flight or if your luggage is lost.

Read all of the terms and conditions of the airline voucher in your possession before you attempt to use it. Many airlines list numerous restrictions for usage on their vouchers.

Look for a flight that you would like to take online or via a travel agent. Depending upon the terms and conditions of the airline voucher, you will likely need to fly with the same airline that issued the voucher.

Start booking your chosen flight online or via a travel agent. If booking your flight online, you may need to call the customer service telephone line to redeem the airline voucher.

Relay the details issued with your flight voucher to the customer representative when making the payment for your flight. For example, an airline voucher is usually issued by a specific airline to a specific person and has a reference number.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you wish to use an airline voucher issued to another person, the recipient of the travel voucher will need to book your flight for you.
  • Selective airline vouchers are transferable across airlines only if one airline operates flights for another under a cooperative business. For example, as of 2010, 11 airlines, including British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia, operated in an alliance to offer joint customer services under the name "oneworld".
  • Most online travel websites, including Expedia.com or Travelocity.com, do not accommodate the use of airline vouchers during the payment process. Instead, you will either need to call the customer support line with your flight reservation or call the issuing airline to use the voucher.
  • Read the fine print before accepting a travel voucher in the first place. Some vouchers include fees for usage and must be used within one year of being issued.

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