Ticket-change fees rise

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In May, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways all raised their ticket-change fees from $150 to $200 for US domestic, restricted-class tickets. In July, Alaska Airlines increased its change fee from $75 to $100, and in August Air Tran increased its to $150. Only Southwest still charges no fee and issues a flight credit.

Each airline charges additional fees, depending on when the change is made prior to the flight (60 days, 30 days, 10 days, hours, etc.), how the change is made (online, direct with airline, through a travel agent, etc.), the specific class of ticket and whether or not a “package” was purchased that modifies the change fees (ex., American offers its Choice Essential and Choice Plus packages that allow changes with no fees). 

Airline fees and restrictions change frequently. When purchasing a ticket, double-check which ones apply.

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In May, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways all raised their ticket-change fees from $150 to $200 for US domestic, restricted-class tickets. In July, Alaska Airlines increased its change fee from $75 to $100, and in August Air Tran increased its to $150. Only Southwest still charges no fee and issues a flight credit.

Each airline charges additional fees, depending on when the change is made prior to the flight (60 days, 30 days, 10 days, hours, etc.), how the change is made (online, direct with airline, through a travel agent, etc.), the specific class of ticket and whether or not a “package” was purchased that modifies the change fees (ex., American offers its Choice Essential and Choice Plus packages that allow changes with no fees). 

Airline fees and restrictions change frequently. When purchasing a ticket, double-check which ones apply.