Change fees are looking like a thing of the past. The policy looks a bit different between Delta, United, and American. Read on for each airline’s policy regarding the elimination of change fees.
Delta is making it easier for customers to book, change or cancel their travel plans. The policy in now in effect permanently for tickets purchased for travel within the U.S.
“We’ve said before that we need to approach flexibility differently than this industry has in the past, and today’s announcement builds on that promise to ensure we’re offering industry-leading flexibility, space and care to our customers. We want our customers to book and travel with peace of mind, knowing that we’ll continue evaluating our policies to maintain the high standard of flexibility they expect.”Delta CEO, Ed Bastian
The policy includes tickets purchased for travel within the domestic U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands in Delta’s First Class, domestic Delta One, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin, with the exception of Basic Economy tickets.
Additionally, Delta will extend its waiver on change fees for newly purchased flights. This includes international flights and Basic Economy fares, through the end of the year. They will also extend expiration on travel credits through December 2022 for tickets booked before April 17, 2020.
United’s new policy applies to all Economy and Premium cabin tickets for travel within the U.S.
“Change is inevitable these days – but it’s how we respond to it that matters most. When we hear from customers about where we can improve, getting rid of this fee is often the top requestScott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines
In addition to this, starting January 1st, 2021, United will allow all customers, in all classes, to fly standby free on the day of travel.
AA is allowing customers to make changes to their trip only once. Change fees are waived for all tickets purchased by December 31, 2020 for all future travel, this includes Basic Economy and AAdvantage award tickets.
If you purchase a ticket on January 1, 2021 and later, all tickets, with the exception of Basic Economy, will not have a change fee. This includes First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy and Main Cabin tickets for all domestic and short-haul international flying.
Here are the requirements to qualify for the waived change fee:
Starting October 1st, 2020 all passengers can fly standby free on earlier flights for the same destination on the same day.
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