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Air France now allowing passengers to resell non-refundable tickets
- FlexFly, a platform set up by Air France earlier this year, has just gone live.
- Those looking to sell non-refundable tickets can do so on FlexFly and get half their money back, as well as taxes.
- The remaining 50% goes to Air France and FlexFly, who can then offer discounted tickets to buyers.
While the official launch hasn't yet taken place, frequent flyers have reason to be excited now the FlexFly.fr website is online.
An Air France initiative that serves as a marketplace for the resale of non-refundable tickets, Paris-based startup FlexFly was founded in April 2019 and has fewer than 10 employees, according to its LinkedIn profile.
A little like sparefare.com, the platform allows those who have purchased a non-refundable ticket for a flight they can't make to put it up for sale.
If someone happens to be interested in the flight and decides to buy it, FlexFly gives the seller a 50% "reward," as well as taxes they would have got back anyway. Sellers can find the payment in their account within one month of the transaction.
The remaining 50% goes to Air France and FlexFly, who then offer discounted tickets to the buyers, which gives Air France a competitive advantage.
Overall, a round trip ticket on January 21 from Paris to Bangkok and back to Paris on February 11 (as of Tuesday October 23) would put a 5 (€522) dent in your wallet. According to FlexFly, that equates to 0 (€174.67) in savings, where the company states the actual price for the flight is 5 (€696.87).
Overall, the same round-trip ticket from Paris to Bangkok and back would cost about 5 (€522) on Flexfly, and 5 (€696.87) on Air France.
On checking that the figures on Air France's standard website match up to those on FlexFly, on the same day, you can find the same ticket for the same round trip for 5, give or take a few cents — corresponding pretty much exactly to the fare given on FlexFly's website.
Buying a round-trip ticket from Paris to Bangkok and back through flexfly.fr rather than Air France would save you around 0 (€174.67).
This means whoever purchases the ticket will end up with a tidy 25% discount.
As always, the success of an idea like this depends heavily on how many users there are, but it seems that Air France has created a tool that works as a win-win situation for everyone: customers who have to resell their tickets get half their money back and those repurchasing the unused ticket get a nice discount — and, of course, Air France gets to sell the same ticket twice.
For the time being, Air France and its subsidiary, Joon, are the two partners of the platform, but if the initiative proves successful, it could eventually be extended to other companies in the group, such as Hop or Transavia.
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