Most major airlines eliminate domestic change fees

United Airlines eliminates domestic change feesPhoto: United Airlines

In August, United Airlines made an announcement to eliminate change fees, and nearly every major airline has followed. Prior to the announcement, most airlines were charging up to $200 for any ticket change on their flights, including cancellations.

Delta Airlines, American Airlines, and Alaska Airlines have all since eliminated their change fees as well. Passengers will still be responsible for any changes in fares between two tickets.

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However, the change fee elimination is not for every flight — in many cases, it does not apply to international flights. Here is some more information on the specific airline changes:

United Airlines

  • United Airlines’ change fees have been eliminated for economy, economy plus, United first, United business, and United premium plus (basic economy tickets will also be exempt, at least through the end of 2020).
  • United Airlines’ change fee elimination applies to domestic flights and some short-haul international flights (like from the United States to Mexico, Canada, and others).
  • If your change is to a less expensive flight, you will not receive a refund for the difference.

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Delta Airlines

  • Delta Airlines’ change fee elimination applies to domestic flights (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
  • If your change is to a less expensive flight, you will receive a voucher for the difference.
  • You will still need to pay a $150 change fee if you purchased your ticket with Delta SkyMiles.

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American Airlines

  • American Airlines’ change fees have been eliminated for first class, business class, or main economy (basic economy tickets will still be subject to a fee).
  • American Airlines’ change fee elimination applies to domestic flights and some short-haul international flights (like from the United States to Mexico, Canada, and others).
  • If your change is to a less expensive flight, you will receive a voucher for the difference.
  • American Airlines has not yet announced a policy for awards tickets purchased after 2020.

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Alaska Airlines

  • Fee elimination is for all Alaska Airlines flights, except basic economy tickets.
  • Tickets purchased with awards are also valid.

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