Of interest to business travelers, the LA Times travel section has posted a question that I’ve been asked by readers a number of times (though they usually want to know the risk of the company clawing back the ticket)…
Question: As a human resources consultant, I sometimes receive travel inquiries from one of my clients. Here is one: An employee, using a company credit card, purchased a $1,200 airline ticket for a business trip. The ticket is in her name and is nontransferable. She then resigned from the company, and the company (which is paying for the ticket) contacted the airline. The airline initially told them there was no problem but later said no changes (regardless of fees paid) could be made to the ticket and even added the comment “Guess you just gave your former employee a nice trip.” While my client understands that advance tickets have restrictions, it seems impossible that the change of employee name (with change fee) cannot be implemented and that the ticket, paid for by the company, remains in the possession of, and for exclusive use by, the former employee. Can you help?
See their answer here.
Have any experience with the above? How did your company handle the situation if you genuinely did not foresee leaving prior to your planned trip?