How can I avoid flight changing fees?

Episode 1239 (1:32:49)

Connie from Thousand Oaks, CA

Connie has bought tickets to Alaska, but she's now in school and can't take the flight. What can she do? Johnny Jet says that airlines will charge Connie $200 per ticket to use it at a later date and they aren't likely to waive that fee. Travel insurance even wouldn't cover this. So Connie is probably out of luck. But one thing she can do is donate the tickets. That way she can at least get a tax deduction for them.