Bereavement or compassion fares offer last-minute airline deals to grieving family members. Bereavement fares may or may not be your best deal for last-minute travel. Check the cheapest regular fare before checking into bereavement fares. Airline policies differ on who qualifies for these fares, and policies change.
Delta offers compassion flights for immediate family members in the case of death or imminent death. The airline will require that you provide the deceased's name, relationship to you, name of funeral home, hospital, hospice and doctor. Delta requires you to contact Delta Reservation Sales at 1-888-750-3284 to book the flight. The airline does allow changes for the return flight. While some ticketing penalties may be waived, other fees may be applied.
United also offers bereavement airfares. United offers 10-percent discounts for those that qualify. The airline requires verification of the deceased name, relationship to the traveller, and funeral home information. Tickets can be purchased through United Airline ticketing counters or by phone at 1-800-864-8331.
Continental Airlines compassion fare discounts range from 5 to 20 per cent, depending on the total cost of the round trip. Continental's list of immediate family members is larger than other airlines, and includes foster parents, siblings, in-laws, cohabiters, stepchildren and stepparents. Proof regarding the deceased is required. Travellers may book compassion fares online if they have all the information regarding the deceased and funeral home.
American Airlines does not post specific guidelines on compassion or bereavement fares. However, American Airlines suggests using their reservation number, 1-800-433-7300. Depending on the situation, the airline may provide discounts for emergency travel situations, such as a death. The airline will ask the traveller to provide proof of deceased and relationship.