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Most low-cost airline companies in Europe & North America (and a few in Asia & Australia) allow name changes for a fee. This is how you could effectively resell your flight ticket and get a partial or full refund. For detailed information about airline ticket transfer fees, please visit our Airlines Change Fees page. We advise you to check with your flight operator, if you do not see it listed, to confirm that our information is up to date as it could change overnight.  

If you find that your airline doesn't allow name changes as the flight tickets are not transferable, they may still make an exception for you depending on your circumstances and their eagerness to collect a name change fee from you.  

Please get in touch if you don't see your airline which you know allows name changes, or if you have spotted information that is not up to date.

We advise you to check with your holiday operator if they allow transfers/name changes. If you are a resident of the EU, you may be allowed to transfer/resell your holiday package as directed under the European Directive of Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours 1990. Please check with your holiday operator what the fees and deadlines are for name changes before posting your offer. 

Posting your flight(s)

 

If you want to be in charge of the whole process, you can choose the Standard Form option and post your offer on our Sell Flight Tickets page. You need to have registered with SpareFare. This option is completely free! 

 

If you do not have much time, you can choose the Quick Posting option and we will post the flight on your behalf. We will also create a SpareFare account for you. If someone is interested in your offer, you will receive and email and take charge of the rest of the process. If you sell your flight successfully, we will charge you 10% of the refund amount you receive. You will need to give us access to the airline account used to purchase the tickets - otherwise, we cannot get the information we need to post the flight for you. 

 

Selling your flight tickets

 

Buyers can bid for your flight tickets, which means that they will offer you a price, which you can accept or reject (with or without offering them an alternative price). If you accept the offer, the buyer has 1 hour to place a final bid and send us the money for the flight. You will then have 1 hour from the time the buyer places the final bid to accept that final bid and transfer the flight tickets in the name of the buyer (and do anything else agreed with the buyer in the bidding process). You will receive a confirmation when the buyer sends us the money – only then you should proceed to transfer the flight tickets in his name. If you or the buyer miss your 1-hour windows, the buyer has to reinitiate the process from the beginning. 

 

This two stage process with time constraints will stimulate you and the seller to buy/sell quickly, to avoid any changes in the price of the flight tickets. If you are wondering why you cannot just set a price for the flight tickets from the beginning, it is to give you a chance to sell at the best price for you at the time of the sale, depending on the live price of the flight at that moment. 

 

As part of our buyers' protection policy, you will receive the money from us only when the flight ticket is irreversibly transferred (i.e. you don't have access to make further changes to the booking). If the ticket is not irreversibly transferable, we will send you the money three days after the buyer has flown. During that period we will keep the funds in our PayPal account - they will not be withdrawn and used by us for any purpose. 

First, you need to register with SpareFare. Then go to Sell Your Holiday and post your holiday.

 

If your holiday doesn't include any travel (hotel only), please uncheck the round trip box and use the same airport for origin and destination, and enter 00:00 for the departing and arriving times.

 

Buyers can bid for your Holiday, which means that they will offer you a price, which you can accept or reject (with or without offering them an alternative price). If you accept the offer, the buyer has 1 hour to place a final bid and send us the money for the holiday. You will then have 1 hour from the time the buyer places the final bid to accept that final bid and transfer the holiday in the name of the buyer (and do anything else agreed with the buyer in the bidding process). You will receive a confirmation when the buyer sends us the money – only then you should proceed to transfer the holiday in his name. If you or the buyer miss your 1-hour windows, the buyer has to reinitiate the process from the beginning. 

 

This two stage process with time constraints will stimulate you and the seller to buy/sell quickly, to avoid any changes in the price of the holiday. If you are wondering why you cannot just set a price for your holiday from the beginning, it is to give you a chance to sell at the best price for you at the time of the sale, depending on the live price of the holiday at that moment. 

 

As part of our buyers' protection policy, you will receive the money from us only when the holiday is irreversibly transferred (i.e. you don't have access to make further changes to the booking). If the holiday is not irreversibly transferable, we will send you the money three days after the end of the holiday. During that period we will keep the funds in our PayPal account - they will not be withdrawn and used by us for any purpose. 

All airlines allow changes to the dates of your flight (outbound and inbound) for a fee, but only some allow modifications of your origin and/or destination - check our Airline Change Fees page for information and useful links. If you are changing the flight, all airlines ask you to pay the difference if the new flight is more expensive. On the contrary, if you are only changing the name, many airlines don't ask you to pay the difference on top of the fixed fee.


If you are changing the flight, make sure to make both changes (flight and name) in one go to avoid extra fees.

Our list includes airlines that have been confirmed to offer name changes/ticket transfers - some only in special circumstances. If you don’t see your airline listed and you have checked with them that name changes are allowed, please let us know and we will add it as soon as possible.

On our Search Flights page you can search for specific destinations or, if you are feeling adventurous, see all of the posted flights. When you have selected the flight you want, you can bid for it - you need to have registered first. The seller then has the option to either accept or reject your bid. You will then have 1 hour to place a final bid and send us the money. When we receive the funds, we will notify the seller, who will have 1 hour to accept the final bid and transfer the flight tickets in your name. If you or the seller miss your 1-hour windows, you have to reinstate your bid for the flight tickets. Once everything is done, you will be given your booking confirmation and flight details. 

 

If the seller doesn't accept your final bid or it times out, you can ask for a refund by sending us a short message and we will refund you shortly. If the seller asks for more money as the current price has gone up, you can either resubmit your final bid and pay the extra funds or ask for a refund.

 

This two stage process with time constraints will stimulate you and the seller to buy/sell quickly, to avoid any changes in the price of the flight tickets. The bidding process allows you to agree with the seller the best price for the flight at the time when you want to buy it - flight prices fluctuate frequently and it is very likely that the price will have changed since the seller bought the ticket(s). 

 

We will only send the money to the seller when your flight ticket is irreversibly transferred*. If the flight ticket is not irreversibly transferable, we will send the money three days after you fly. This is your protection against fraudulent sellers. You can thank us later!

 

* This is when the seller no longer has access to the flight ticket and cannot make any further changes. There is a designated FAQ further down on what that means. 

On our Search Holidays page you can search for specific destinations or, if you are feeling adventurous, see all of the posted holiday packages. When you have selected the holiday package you want, you can bid for it - you need to have registered first. The seller then has the option to either accept or reject your bid. You will then have 1 hour to place a final bid and send us the money. When we receive the funds, we will notify the seller, who will have 1 hour to accept the final bid and transfer the holiday package in your name. If you or the seller miss your 1-hour windows, you have to reinstate your bid. Once everything is done, you will be given the booking reference details. 

 

If the seller doesn't accept your final bid or it times out, you can ask for a refund by sending us a short message and we will refund you shortly. If the seller asks for more money as the current price has gone up, you can either resubmit your final bid and pay the extra funds or ask for a refund.

 

This two stage process with time constraints will stimulate you and the seller to buy/sell quickly, to avoid any changes in the price of the holiday package. The bidding process allows you to agree with the seller the best price for the holiday package at the time when you want to buy it - holiday prices fluctuate frequently and it is very likely that the price will have changed since the seller booked it. 

 

We will only send the money to the seller when your holiday package is irreversibly transferred*. If the holiday package is not irreversibly transferable, we will send the money three days after the end of the holiday. This is your protection against fraudulent sellers. You can thank us later!

 

* This is when the seller no longer has access to the holiday booking and cannot make any further changes. There is a designated FAQ further down on what that means. 

You can use the comments box in your initial bid to ask the seller any questions you have. Don’t worry, you are not obliged to buy the flight when you submit the initial bid. You only commit when you submit the final bid and send SpareFare the money. You do not have to send a final bid if you do not like the seller’s response. 

We would never be able to run a successful business if we did not do exactly what we said we would do. SpareFare is a legitimate business, run by SpareFare Limited – a company registered in the United Kingdom. The buyer's funds will be used only to pay the seller (after paypal fees, we charge no commission for the standard form at the moment). We believe that we have a great business future ahead of us, and don’t want to ruin it by not being fair to our users. Our business and reputation are worth way more than a flight ticket. Last but not least, we believe strongly in moral values, so we will always try to be as fair as possible.

If you still have your concerns, please feel free to contact us.

We will not send your money to the seller, before the flight tickets or holiday is completely transferred to you (what we call irreversibly transferred*) and you are happy that the flight ticket/holiday is the one offered. Some flight tickets/holidays cannot be irreversibly transferred. In that case we will pay the seller three days after you fly/end of the holiday. If something goes wrong during the process or the seller is offering a fake reservation, we will send you back your money. 

 

Given the SpareFare protection policy and the cost of name changes, we don't see any financial benefit for the seller to try to cheat and cause the inconvenience for you to go through another booking.

 

* This is when the seller no longer has access to the booking and cannot make any further changes. There is a designated FAQ futher down on what that means. 

A booking is irreversibly transferred when the seller no longer has access to it to make further changes (e.g. to change the name again). 

 

If the booking is linked to an online account with an airline, the booking will be irreversibly transferred when the seller changes the email associated with the account to the buyer’s email, and then the buyer changes the password for the account. That way the seller will no longer have access to the account and will not be able to make further changes to the booking.

 

A booking is not irreversibly transferable when the flight tickets can be accessed using only a booking reference, flight details and surname of the passenger. The seller will always have that information and he/she will always be able to access the booking. In that event, the seller could change the name connected with the flight tickets multiple times and try to sell it to many buyers.

 

PLEASE NOTE: If the booking is not irreversibly transferred, we will transfer the money to the seller three days after the flight's take-off date/end of the holiday. If the seller changes the name again, he will not receive the fees he paid for the transfer to you, and you will receive your money back. We see no financial benefit for the seller to do that given the cost of name changes.

We suggest you request no more than 50% savings of the total benefit (this is the sum of the seller's refund and your savings). You are free to ask for any savings up to 75%; however, the seller is unlikely to accept less than 50% of the total benefit. After name change fees his refund will be probably no more than 20%-30% of the original price he paid.

The service we offer is free at the moment if you use the standard form for posting! If you choose to use the quick posting (where we post the flight ticket/holiday for you), we charge 10% of the refunded amount (net money you receive after all change fees) if the sale is successful.

 

We use PayPal to transfer funds from buyers to sellers and PayPal charges us transaction fees, which we then pass onto you. These transfer fees are not our commission, and we do not keep any of the fees for ourselves. The PayPal fees will depend on the country and currency of the transaction. In most cases they are less than 5%.

Our Dispute Policy is part of SpareFare’s Terms and Conditions. It is under 7. Disputes.

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