Greyhound’s ‘Free Same Day Exchange’ Policy
August 18th, 2017
But the truth is Greyhound makes some conflicting statements regarding whether or not it actually charges economy extra passengers for the service.
On the one hand, the above chart of fare types, which is available to consumers who book on Greyhound’s website, shows that one of the benefits of riding economy extra over regular economy is free same day exchange. But the chart also shows that, just like cheaper economy fares, economy extra fares are non-refundable. And here’s what fine print on the site — which is to say, the Terms and Conditions of Purchase & Carriage page — has to say about non-refundable fares:
For non-refundable and advance purchase tickets, departure dates and times may be changed for a fee …
How much is this fee? $20, according to TINA.org reader Max R., who said his attempts to hitch an earlier ride as an economy extra ticket holder were thwarted by Greyhound. Max said a ticket agent informed him that only riders with refundable tickets are eligible for free same day exchange.
A customer service representative with whom TINA.org initiated an online chat on Greyhound’s site backed up our reader’s account. He said that the only refundable tickets that Greyhound offers are “flexible” fares — a word, it turns out, that can also be used to describe the company’s position on who’s really eligible for its free same day exchange policy.
TINA.org reached out to Greyhound for comment. Check back for updates.
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