No more freebies as domestic airlines scrap pandemic rules

Airlines will re-implement old rules on domestic airfares from May 1, canning the current luxury of free flight credits and date changes introduced during the pandemic.

Ben Mead, a travel agent and managing director of Holidays of Australia & The World, said he believes it’s time for “buyers beware” but is thankful for the pandemic considerations.

“Credit to the airlines, they’ve met market conditions and having that flexibility has been incredibly important for the recovery and tourism and getting people back on planes,” he said.

From tomorrow, pandemic considerations will be dropped. (Supplied)

Cancellation fees will remain waived for passengers struck down with COVID or close contacts.

For international flights the safety net still applies until June 30, for travel until the end of the year.

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