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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!

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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.


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Comments 13

  1. Lase

    Stay away from Frontier regardless. Despite the federal law for airlines to refund ticket purchases at the peak of covid19, they did not. Instead they offered vouchers which expired because who was really planning any trips.

    • Amy

      at 11 dollars a ticket, sometimes it’s worth the risk.

    • Jennifer Lisa

      If they really broke the law, you have a claim.

      • Carmen

        Reach out to Business Consumer Alliance. Volaris wanted to only give me a voucher and they helped me get a full refund.

    • kmark

      Hawaiian airlines only gave me a voucher 🙃

  2. Sylvia

    The trip I had in mind was five fold higher than last year, besides the problem caused by COVID the price is not affordable

  3. Taryn S.

    Happy to see this, but as a frequent traveler, the industry raking in $ on fees has gone on far too long. Even at the end of this post, whete it says that basic economy is already heavily discounted…I mean, not really, because you have to pay for seat selection or to bring a bag. Oh, you wanted a SEAT with your airfare? Fee!

    • Luv

      My sentiment too. It’s ridiculous, should I be standing in aeroplane? So what did I pay for? I’m sure they plan on making back that money in other ways, they are not all that generous. Hate to sound pessimistic but we shall see.🌸

    • Jen S

      Right! I was excited at the beginning of this post, but now that I’ve read the last paragraph I’ll still steer clear of these airlines and stick with southwest whenever possible!

  4. nita

    This has definitely been helpful. Changed a flight 4 times with no fees the last 2 months.

  5. Lexie

    My husband is a pilot and said all the major airlines will begin offering standby for all customers. Not sure how much it will cost or how it will work, but I’m thinking it will probably be cheaper than a regular ticket.

  6. Ann

    Yeah but making u take covid test and quarantine. No thanks!

  7. Evie

    Flying has not been fun since 9/11. With a pandemic on top I think I will stay home.

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