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inGearX
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HElP - death in the family - any airlines do anything?

my grandmother just died in Ukraine...
I am crying ...

I happen to be in India and need to fly ASAP to Ukraine

I never encountered this ... I just want to know if any airlines can do anything to fly me cheaper etc ....

ANY advice / info is very much appreciated ...

Thank you...


tcope
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From what I see, you need to call the airlines direct to find out what the fares might be. They might not be the lowest prices offered for that flight but they appear to at least discount the higher last minute purchase price.



Majestik
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Doubt it can be done.
If you are employed or know someone well who is employed with the airlines it can happen.
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CylonRed
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Going to be expensive.... TO get a bereavement fare you have to have a death certificate which you do not have.

We have tried to use these fares before - the hoops were impossible.
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jjoshua
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reply to inGearX

Bereavement fares are not cheap. The airlines, will, however, do their best to get you where you need to be in a hurry.

Sorry for your loss.



Majestik
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said by CylonRed:

Going to be expensive.... TO get a bereavement fare you have to have a death certificate which you do not have.

We have tried to use these fares before - the hoops were impossible.

And being in a foreign country is worst. The foreign airlines won't help you. Need to find a U.S. airline. You can't fly directly from India to the Ukraine. Have to fly back to the U.S. then to the Ukraine.
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Kilroy
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You have to call the airline directly, but really the only discount you get on international travel is waiving the 14 day advance purchase charge.

When we went to Mexico for the wife's mom we had to provide information to prove the death, attending doctor's name and hospital. Even then it was $750 for each round trip from Detroit, Michigan to Veracruz, Mexico.
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said by Majestik:

Doubt it can be done.
If you are employed or know someone well who is employed with the airlines it can happen.

Back when my mom was on her death bed, back in the early 2000's.
My wife called Delta and was able to get a bereavement discount.

And no one in my family works for an airline.
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Call the local airlines, and explain the situation with the booking agent. You may not get the best seats on the plane, but you might be able to get a discount.
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MaynardKrebs
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Often you'll pay full price up-front, but later after you provide the airline a copy of the death certificate (probably in this case you'll need an original & a translated certified copy), you'll get a refund of some amount.



drslash
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said by Snakeoil:

said by Majestik:

Doubt it can be done.
If you are employed or know someone well who is employed with the airlines it can happen.

Back when my mom was on her death bed, back in the early 2000's.
My wife called Delta and was able to get a bereavement discount.

And no one in my family works for an airline.

Since then the airlines have restricted or eliminated bereavement discounts.
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said by MaynardKrebs:

Often you'll pay full price up-front, but later after you provide the airline a copy of the death certificate (probably in this case you'll need an original & a translated certified copy), you'll get a refund of some amount.

The best we could do was 10% rebate after the paper work was sent. That was Aire Lingus. United wouldn't do anything. This was last November.
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La Luna
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It appears the OP never came back to see any helpful responses.

Maybe he found a way.

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Majestik
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Re: HElP - death in the family - any airlines do anything?

said by Snakeoil:

said by Majestik:

Doubt it can be done.
If you are employed or know someone well who is employed with the airlines it can happen.

Back when my mom was on her death bed, back in the early 2000's.
My wife called Delta and was able to get a bereavement discount.

And no one in my family works for an airline.

Was your wife in India?
I think Delta still flies to India. Still need to fly to the U.S. first. A lot has changed since the early 2000s.

If I was in India and needed to get to the Ukraine I would just list as nonrev standby on Emirates,Air France,or Royal Jordanian,etc.. Connect in Dubai.Get there probably within the same day and cost me around $100 or less.
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inGearX
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Re: HElP - death in the family - any airlines do anything?

thank you everyone for advice

said by Majestik:

said by Snakeoil:

said by Majestik:

Doubt it can be done.
If you are employed or know someone well who is employed with the airlines it can happen.

Back when my mom was on her death bed, back in the early 2000's.
My wife called Delta and was able to get a bereavement discount.

And no one in my family works for an airline.

Was your wife in India?
I think Delta still flies to India. Still need to fly to the U.S. first. A lot has changed since the early 2000s.

If I was in India and needed to get to the Ukraine I would just list as nonrev standby on Emirates,Air France,or Royal Jordanian,etc.. Connect in Dubai.Get there probably within the same day and cost me around $100 or less.

wait this is interesting

how is this done? you show up at the airport and ask to be "nonrev standby" with as many airlines as you can?

and they will fly you for $100?

please advice ... thank you so much ...


inGearX
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reply to Snakeoil

said by Snakeoil:

Call the local airlines, and explain the situation with the booking agent. You may not get the best seats on the plane, but you might be able to get a discount.

thx

I called ... no discount :/

BUT I am sure a few few do have something ...

BUT probably hoops (death certificate etc... ) and things needed are hard to supply so quickly ...


inGearX
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said by La Luna:

It appears the OP never came back to see any helpful responses.

Maybe he found a way.

yea sorry for the dealy

no I did not find a way :/
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Majestik
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Re: HElP - death in the family - any airlines do anything?

You need to be an airline employee,relative,or close friend of one.
90% discount with most airlines in the world. If you have your standby ticket you just hand it to the person,she check seat availability. If seat available they check your documents,ID,etc. they give you ticket to go through security and board.
Cost me $60 to fly first class oneway to Brazil from DFW in December. Free in coach anywhere in the system.
Usually I always have backup tickets when traveling.Could have up to 3 different airlines on one ticket. If I don't have a ticket I would need to go to the nearest AA ticket office to get one which are scattered most of the world even places we don't fly to. I prefer the AA desk at Cathay Pacific office in Hong Kong.
On the AA network you are issued a special priority emergency pass for this.
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Re: HElP - death in the family - any airlines do anything?

As somebody who has traveled the world don't you have like a million frequent flyer miles?
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inGearX
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Re: HElP - death in the family - any airlines do anything?

said by Majestik:

You need to be an airline employee,relative,or close friend of one.
90% discount with most airlines in the world. If you have your standby ticket you just hand it to the person,she check seat availability. If seat available they check your documents,ID,etc. they give you ticket to go through security and board.
Cost me $60 to fly first class oneway to Brazil from DFW in December. Free in coach anywhere in the system.
Usually I always have backup tickets when traveling.Could have up to 3 different airlines on one ticket. If I don't have a ticket I would need to go to the nearest AA ticket office to get one which are scattered most of the world even places we don't fly to. I prefer the AA desk at Cathay Pacific office in Hong Kong.
On the AA network you are issued a special priority emergency pass for this.

got it

thx for explaining