It's a good idea to have backup plans when travelling. You could think twice about planning your trip if there's a danger that a flight will be cancelled due to bad weather or an unexpected epidemic. Make a backup plan instead of giving up on your vacation aspirations. Will American Airlines issue a refund for the ticket in this situation? Here's how to start the process if you purchased a flight with American Airlines and need your ticket's price reimbursed. The American Airlines refund policy can be confusing, but the main points to know before making a reservation are listed below. You will automatically receive a full refund to your original mode of payment if you cancel any tickets within 24 hours of booking and at least two days prior to departure. Unless they are cancelled inside that 24-hour booking window, American Airlines tickets at basic economy rates are never regarded as refundable.