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I know this is a stupid question, I am travelling to Colorado this Friday to see my Uncle, but he has to go to other place due to some work issues. My flight ticket is non refundable and it costs 400$. Is there any insurance policy that would cover the ticket cost if I cancel my flight for no reason, or if I missed the flight (I could make up that I missed the flight on Friday ;).). Please let me know if there is any kind of policies available, I can even buy it for 100$.Thanks.

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Where are you from? USA? Which state? –  Mark Mayo Jul 18 '13 at 1:02
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Also, it sounds like you're wanting to buy a policy when you already know you're going to cancel the flight. Technically, that's usually against most insurance companies' policies, and they may make you prove you have a valid reason - generally just "deciding not to go" is not enough :/ –  Mark Mayo Jul 18 '13 at 1:03
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Airlines sell insurance for this sort of thing, but it's generally quite expensive - it's called a flexible ticket! –  Gagravarr Jul 18 '13 at 9:17

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There are a number of companies that offer "Cancel for any reason" travel insurance. Googling for that phrase will find you countless hits that cover the various options available.

However, all of these plans have very specific requirements about when the policy must be purchased (near to the time the ticket is purchased), and when the trip must be cancelled (generally more than 48 hours before flight). They are also generally very expensive.

So in short, whilst what you're asking for does exist, it's not going to work for your specific circumstances.

However, you've said that your ticket is "non-refundable". Non-refundable means that you can't get the value of the ticket back as cash, but with most airlines you can get the value back - minus a fee - for use in purchasing a future ticket. Presuming it's a domestic flight, the fee will normally be in the $150-200 range, so you'll be able to keep at least half the value of your ticket. In order to get this value you normally need to cancel before the time of the flight.

Given that your plans are changing due to "work issues" you may also be able to ask your employer to cover the change fee. Obviously that will depend on exactly what the "issues" are...

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It's his uncle that's away for work though, not him :/ –  Mark Mayo Jul 18 '13 at 3:07

Non-refundable means they can't refund you, but you might be able to cancel the flight and get credit towards a future flight. If this works, there may be a fee involved, but it could be minimal or non-existant.

Most travel insurance companies require valid proof. You can look at World Nomad's (or some other company's) policies online to see if any of the inclusions for trip cancellation could apply to you. No one here will try to condone lying, and I would simply try to get the flight cancelled, or sell it off.

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I was in a situation where I bought a non-refundable ticket without any insurance that I could not use. Of course I wasn't allowed a refund but I was allowed to change the ticket to future trip for a change fee. Just be sure to call the airline before the departure date and they should be able to do it.

When purchasing tickets I almost always see an offer for travel insurance but it's not something I've ever taken advantage of. I assume it works though.

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