Question:

Is there an issue of ribis to buy a plane ticket from an airline like El Al (Jewish owned) where if you pay in advanced they give you a cheaper price for the plane ticket?

Answer:

Many Poskim permit advancing money for a discount as long as a kinyan was made prohibiting retracting.Therefore you can buy the cheaper ticket.

Sources:

Y:D 176:8, Ritvoh 7 Nimukey Yosef Bavaa Basra 86-87, Darkey Moshe CH:M 333, ibid Shach 14, ibid Ketsos HaShulchan 5, Teshuvas Mabit 1:132, Shevus Yaakov 2:184, Machaney Efrayim  Ribis 31 & Sechirus Poalim 2. Teshuvas Chelkas Yaakov 3:204.

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2 Responses to “Ribis when buying plane ticket”

  1. What do you mean prohibiting retracting? Does that mean in a case where you can’t return the ticket at all? In most cases you could cancel the ticket however with some sort of penalty

    • It is sufficient that there is a commitment on behalf of EL AL.

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