How Alaska, American, Delta, and United no-change-fee policies compare
Following United’s news that it’s eliminating most domestic change fees, Alaska Airlines, American and Delta also made similar announcements 24 hours later.
Even though other airlines have now joined the no-change-fee party, there are still some significant differences in each carrier’s policy. Let’s take a look at how the policies stack up against each other.
|Alaska Airlines||American Airlines||Delta||United|
|Which tickets are included?||All, except basic economy||All, except basic economy||All, except basic economy||All, except basic economy|
|Which destinations are included?||All||All domestic destinations (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean||All domestic destinations, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands||All domestic destinations, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands|
|Are award tickets included?||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|What if you switch to a cheaper flight?||Lose the value||Issued credit with the price difference||No decision made yet||Lose the value|
|What if you switch to a more expensive flight?||You owe the fare difference||You owe the fare difference||You owe the fare difference||You owe the fare difference|
|Can you get a refund if you cancel?||No||No||No||No|
|Can you convert credits to points?||No||No||No||No|