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Beware the ‘bereavement fare’ gouge

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In a time of loss, the last thing a family wants to do is deal with the hassles of arranging travel. Many airlines sell “bereavement fares,” usually discounted around 50 percent, for those needing to travel on short notice for a funeral or wake. What most travelers may not know, however, is that the 50 percent discount is taken off the airline’s highest unrestricted fares, typically among the most expensive tickets available.

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