Whether you’re extremely indecisive or your plans change, you don’t have to worry about the extra cost to move your flight around anymore–that is, on United Airlines, Delta, and American Airlines. These major carriers are getting rid of change fees on flights forever, effective immediately.
On Sunday, United announced in a press release that its permanently eliminating flight that previously cost $200 for “all standard Economy and Premium cabin tickets for travel within the U.S.” That includes all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Better yet, there’s no limit on how many times you can adjust your flight for free.
Starting in January 2021, customers can also get same-day standby for free–which previously cost $75. The option aims to give customers more flexibility. The airline’s MileagePlus Premier members can take that one step further and “confirm a seat on a different flight on the same day with the same departure and arrival cities as their original ticket if a seat in the same ticket fare class is available,” according to the release.
Along with these changes, United is extending its waiver for new tickets issued through December 31, 2020. This allows for unlimited, no-fee flight changes for any type of ticket both domestic and international that’s been issued after March 3, 2020.
Following United's move, Delta and American Airlines announced on Monday that they also plan to permanently eliminate change fees. Delta's new policy applies to tickets for travel within the domestic U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The carrier has also extended its waiver on change fees for newly purchased flights, which includes domestic and international flights, through the end of 2020.
American Airlines is getting rid of change fees for domestic flights as well as short-haul international flying. That includes the domestic U.S., Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. The airline is also letting customers who cancel their flight, keep the full value of their original ticket. So if the fare on the customers' new flight is lower than the original flight, American Airlines will give them the difference in a voucher that can be applied to future trips.
This article was originally published on 8/31/2020. It has been updated to reflect new information.
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