Have you heard the news? Most major airlines have permanently eliminated change fees – those fees the airlines charged when a passenger canceled or changed travel dates more than 24 hours after purchasing a ticket. Typically, the fees were around $200.
Now, those fees are mostly gone (*basic economy tickets are typically excluded from this policy).
This means that air travelers can book trips with less financial risk, if there is a possibility that their travel plans may change. This is a good thing!
It’s also important to understand some of the finer details:
If you need to cancel or rebook, most airlines will issue a credit in the amount of the original ticket. You are still responsible for differences in fares for the new flight you choose.
These travel credits may have “use by” dates – check with your airline.
Again, there could be classes of tickets that are excluded, such as basic economy or international flights.
Each airline has their own specific policies – check them out.