Airlines eliminate change fees: Quick reference chart [Delta & United copy AA and waive international change fees]

Recently, each of the domestic US airlines has announced that they are eliminating change fees. That’s awesome. But the details can be hard to remember. Which fare classes apply? Do we keep the fare difference if the new flight is cheaper? Are standby fees eliminated too? What’s happening with award change fees? The answer to each of these questions differs by airline. This post offers a few quick reference tables to answer those questions.

Update 12/9/20Delta has eliminated change fees for Delta tickets when flying from North America to anywhere in the world. Additionally, Delta has extended the existing waiver of no change fees for all tickets purchased through March 30, 2021 (prev Dec 31), for travel at any time to anywhere. Similarly, United has eliminated change fees for United-issued tickets originating in the United States. And, like Delta, United has extended their pandemic change fee waiver for all tickets purchased through March 31, 2021 (prev Dec 31 2020).

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