Death can strike without warning, making it hard to get a good deal on an airline ticket for the funeral. When this happens, ask your airline about a special “bereavement fare.”
Reader Max did this recently and only paid $240 for round trip last minute tickets, instead of $640.
The airline will likely require that you fax a copy of the necessary death certificate, but that’s a small price for nearly half off.
Check with your airline first, Max got his bereavement fare from American Airlines but we’ve heard of others clamping down on bereavement fares in this no-frills airline era. — BEN POPKEN
UPDATE: Currently, American Airlines, Continental, United and Us Airways offer bereavement fares, according to their websites. All require you call customer service.