SEPTEMBER 04, 2002 -- Northwest Airlines today joined its peers in further restricting nonrefundable fares by invalidating their value after the ticketed date of departure. Like American and Continental airlines, the new policy goes into effect for travel as of Oct. 1. US Airways last week led the industry in adjusting the nonrefundable fare policy.
Northwest, however, is excluding nonrefundable BizFlex fares and also chose to leave its same-day standby policy unchanged, meaning passengers still can try their luck waiting for a different flight at no additional cost. Both American and Continental as of Jan. 1 will charge passengers ticketed on nonrefundable fares $100 to fly on a standby-basis for an alternative flight on the same day. US Airways' policy completely disallows such passengers from flying standby. Northwest still will charge passengers $100 for confirmed same-day itinerary changes.