Here are six ways you can sidestep paying a hefty plane ticket change fee, or at least lessen the blow:
- Do it within 24 hours.
- Do it 60 days ahead of time.
- Buy a flexible fare or opt for the add-on.
- Change for a flight on the same day if you can.
- Look for any schedule changes.
- Plead your case.
- Elite status helps.
How can I avoid flight change fees?
Here are a some tips for avoiding or minimizing those costs.
- Be sure before you buy.
- Know the airline’s cancellation policy.
- Book round-trip flights whenever possible.
- Make use of the 24-hour rule.
- Have your documentation ready.
- Consider getting travel insurance.
- Wait to pay the fee.
How can I change my flight without paying a fee united?
There’s no fee to change or cancel a flight ticketed within 24 hours as long as the reservation was made at least seven days prior to departure. United Airlines charges change fees of $200 for domestic flights and as much as $400 or more for international itineraries.
How much does it cost to reschedule a flight?
The cost to change a flight depends greatly on the airline that you have purchased your ticket from. Airlines have “penalty fees” that can range from $0 to $400.00 (yowza!) to make a change to your ticket. For domestic flights, most airlines charge around $200. But the penalty is not the whole story.
Will American Airlines waive change fee?
Airlines do waive change fees. Last month Delta let me cancel and redeposit miles from an award ticket less than 24 hours prior to travel without a fee. When I needed to get home to be with my dog before he passed in January American Airlines waived change fees.