Earlier this year I had to cancel a non-refundable flight (6 tickets) on United. We were told that they would hold the fare value as a credit for 12 months, but that if we wanted to use that credit the original change fee would still apply.
So my question is, will the change fee be deducted from the fare credit if new fares are more than $200 cheaper than the original fares? Or is the change fee over-and-above the fare and must be paid separately?
e.g. Lets say original tickets were $300pp
New tickets (different destination on same airline) are $100pp
Can I just use the fare credit to cover that $100+$200 change fee, or will it be $100 from the credit and the fee covered by me?
I'm just trying to determine whether it will actually be worth looking for a new destination or just write off the $1800 originally paid rather than coming up with another $1200 just to cover that fee.