Air Travel for Funerals and With Coffins
If you're looking to travel with an empty coffin that will be used for a funeral, contact our Customer Service team. We'll be able to help you so that you can book additional baggage for your flight, transport the coffin and make it as stress-free as possible.
Special funeral flight requests
When reserving your tickets, if you have any special requests or any other queries related to flying for a funeral or emergency flights, please contact Alternative Airlines and we will contact the specified airline for you.
You may have heard of the term 'bereavement fares' before and wondered what they are and how you get them.
What are bereavement fares?
Bereavement fares are special 'discount' fares that airlines offer to passengers after the loss of a relative. Bereavement fares aren't offered by all airlines.
Which airlines offer bereavement fares?
It's only major airlines such as Delta, American Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa etc that offer discount bereavement fares and these airlines only offer them when an immediate family member has passed and you're travelling for their funeral or as a result of their passing.
How do I book bereavement flights?
Bereavement fares aren't available to book online from any airline. Instead, you'd have to contact the airline separately in order to request a quote for a bereavement flight. If you contact Alternative Airlines, we'd be more than happy to give you advice on which airlines are possibly offering bereavement fares and to contact them on your behalf to see if they're offering any discounts.
In order to request and book a flight with a bereavement discount, you'll have to provide the airline with proof that the person has passed, proof that you're an immediate family member, your reason(s) for flying and why this reason is a result of the person passing. The most common example of this is providing proof of the funeral arrangements.
Compare bereavement prices with low-cost airlines
If you're looking to book a flight for a funeral or as a result of an immediate family member's passing, it's worth noting that bereavement fares aren't always the cheapest option. As mentioned, bereavement fares are only offered by select major airlines. They're almost never offered by low-cost airlines. As major airlines' regular fares are usually significantly higher than low-cost airlines' regular fares, their bereavement fares can be more expensive than a low-cost airline's regular fares too.
So, make sure that you search for flights on the Alternative Airlines site look at low-cost airline prices and compare them to the prices that major airlines are quoting for bereavement flights.
On top of this, if you're looking for a discount on your flight, it's always worth checking out our discount and offers page.