Major Airlines are Ditching Change Fees & You Could Save Hundreds
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Big news for the travel industry!
If you’re worried about booking flights due to the uncertainty surrounding the future of the Coronavirus, we have some great news for you!
This week United, American, Delta, Alaskan and Hawaiian Airlines made announcements that they would be permanently eliminating the fees that result from changing or canceling a flight.
Most airlines temporarily waived these fees at the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic back in March, but now they have decided to remove the fees for good.
In the past, these fees have brought in billions of dollars annually and in some cases could cost travelers up to $200 per change!
As part of these new policies, you will retain the value of your ticket. If the new flight costs less than the previously purchased flight, you will be refunded the difference. And if your new flight is more expensive, you will be required to pay the difference.
Implementing this policy will certainly offer travelers more flexibility and peace of mind when booking flights in advance. Plus, there’s no limit on how many times you can change your flights without penalty.
It will be interesting to see if other budget airlines such as Spirit and Jet Blue will follow suit. Southwest Airlines has never charged its customers fees for making changes to their flights.
It is important to note that this courtesy does not apply to “Basic Economy” tickets as those are non-refundable and cannot be altered or changed under any circumstances as they are often already heavily discounted at the time of purchase.