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What you should do if your flight vouchers are near expiration but you don't want to fly

Posted at 5:26 AM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 06:35:10-05

(WXYZ) — Did you have to cancel a flight last year when the pandemic canceled millions of vacation plans? You might want to take a close look at the flight vouchers you received, as they may be expiring.

Eulah Williams canceled his planned flight and cruise last spring, but instead of a refund, Frontier Airlines gave him a flight voucher.

Airfarewatchdog.com said many people are in the same situation, holding vouchers for Delta, Southwest and other airlines.

The problem? Most vouchers expire at the end of 2021, meaning you need to fly by the end of the year.

Many are being forced to use it or lose it, even if you are still afraid to travel with the new COVID-19 variants spreading.

The website does have a possible solution. Airfarewatchdog said some airlines will let you purchase the most expensive, fully-refundable ticket, that way, if you have to cancel, you might still be able to get a refund. Just be sure to ask.

Some airlines may also extend vouchers another year.