i am suspecting that the answer to the following is going to be NO.
i booked up several flights to usa from uk with continental. these flights have all been paid for in advance. I am no longer able to travel to the usa and wondered if there is a chance of getting some money back off the airline?
Chances are, you are correct - the answer will be no. But, sometimes it depends on the reasoning behind the cancellations. Even with non-refundable tickets, there are some airlines that will honor cancellation due to illness. Also, did you pay for those tickets with a credit card? If so, check with your credit company and see if they have any "built-in" cancellation clauses. (I know that American Express has a "sort of" built-in cancellation insurance policy.)
It depends on the class of the ticket. Some tickets are completely refundable, but they are usually very expensive.
Most likely, you have non-refundable tickets. You can't get your money back, but you can put the ticket on hold. They will hold a credit for the amount of the flight for up to a year. You will have probably have to pay a change fee if you book a new flight.
The rules on how you can get your money back or reuse the ticket depends completely on the airline and class of ticket. Call Continental, and see what the rules on your tickets are.
Check out the back stub of the ticket, it usually states the most asked about conditions, including whether date changes are allowed and if refunds are allowed.... the quicker you follow up, the better. Even fully refundable tickets can not be refunded fully if you cancel them too late!
The best way fro you is to contact the airlines.
Refund of money depends on various factors and based on your ticket--on what conditions the tickets were issued.
Since you have not travelled yet, try to postpone the journey if possible 9again you have to check if that's possible).If you can postpone your journey it w's better for you.
Most of the airlines,return the taxes , atleast even if they cannot refund the cost of the tickets.
So just check withthe airlines.
thanks for the comments. i called the airline to cancel the flights and they gave me a credit to be used within one year