Well, I asked if we could reschedule for a flight later in the day so that I could do my class presentation in the morning. My friend, who ordered the tickets, said he would look into it and asked if I would be okay with paying extra. I said yes, knowing that there is a $50 rescheduling fee for our ticket type. So he contacted me later to say he had rescheduled, but the tickets had now doubled in price because we bought them in the off-season but our rescheduling had happened during travel season so prices had gone up. I had assumed he would contact me before definitely ordering our tickets if there was a price increase that significant, but he did not so now we are stuck with them. :/
With regards to the plane ticket: how on earth did that happen? Also, that project better go excellently to make it worth $1000.