First off, if you’re looking for bereavement flight discounts, I am sorry for your loss. My amazing grandmother just passed away, at the age of 97 years old, and it is never easy, no matter what the circumstances. I am writing this blog post because I am sure that there are a lot of people who don’t even know these airline discounts exist.

Please make sure that you check flight discounts (hipmunk.com or other flight discount websites) to make sure that there is not a lower flight without the bereavement discount, even for the same airline. You’re also incurring costs for the flexibility of the flight.

Bereavement Flights

What does this mean?

bereavement / compassion airfares policy for flights to travel to funerals or family emergencies (imminent death / terminal illness).

  • American Airlines will no longer offer bereavement of compassion discounts after 2/18/2014.

bereavement / compassion airfares policy for flights to travel to funerals or family emergencies (imminent death / terminal illness).

  • United Airlines offers 5% discount on fares (roundtrip or one-way) in the event of a death or serious illness
    • 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331)
    • Customers who do not possess the required documentation at the time of travel or who become aware of the compassion fare after completion of eligible travel may apply to receive a refund for the difference between the purchased fare and the applicable compassion fare.
    • Be prepared to provide the following information:
      • Name of the relative
      • Relationship to the customer
      • Name, address and telephone number of the funeral home, hospice, or hospital
      • Name of the doctor (if applicable)

bereavement / compassion airfares policy for flights to travel to funerals or family emergencies (imminent death / terminal illness).

  • Delta Airlines offers additional flexibility may be beneficial to accommodate unexpected changes in your travel plans, must call for discounts.
    • Call 1-800-221-1212
    • Be prepared to provide the following information:
      • Deceased person’s name
      • Customer’s relationship to the deceased
      • Name and phone number of funeral home, hospital, or hospice
      • Name of doctor (if applicable)

bereavement / compassion airfares policy for flights to travel to funerals or family emergencies (imminent death / terminal illness).

  • Hawaiian Airlines doesn’t offer bereavement fares but for new bookings, will waive the two day advance purchase requirement and offer the lowest available fare at the time of booking to the immediate family member(s).

Hotwire offered a nice bereavement airfare search option here.

Immediate Family:

  • Spouse
  • Domestic partner
  • Child
  • Parent
  • Sister
  • Brother
  • Stepparent
  • Stepchild
  • Grandparent
  • Grandchild
  • Aunt
  • Uncle
  • Niece
  • Nephew
  • Stepbrother
  • Mother-in-law
  • Father-in-law
  • Son-in-law
  • Daughter-in-law
  • Brother-in-law
  • Sister-in-law
  • Stepsister

Discounted Airlines

Many airlines that already offer very discounted rates don’t offer bereavement discounts that I saw. These airlines include: