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No More Change Fees? Ever?

Up to now, if you’ve made a change to your itinerary after purchasing a ticket from a major US carrier (except Southwest), you’ve probably had to pay a change fee. These fees could cost around $200 for domestic flights and up to $750 for foreign destinations. They earned carriers more than $2 billion annually.

Because of the chaotic early days of the coronavirus pandemic, these fees were mostly waived. Now United, followed closely by American and Delta, have announced that they will not charge change fees going forward.

Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines, put it this way. “Following previous tough times, airlines made difficult decisions to survive, sometimes at the expense of customer service. United Airlines won’t be following that same playbook as we come out of this crisis. Instead, we’re taking a completely different approach – and looking at new ways to serve our customers better.”

The details announced by different carriers vary somewhat, so make sure you check their specific policies before booking. You can see the reports we based this on here and here.