Wave Goodbye to Change Fees

American Airlines is making travel easier and less complicated for customers.

  • No more change fees. Change fees for all domestic and short-haul international flying on Premium Cabin fares and most Main Cabin fares will be eliminated
  • Fly standby for free. All customers will have the ability to fly standby on earlier flights for the same destination on the same day at no charge starting October 1, 2020
  • More to Basic Economy. Basic Economy fares now come with the ability to tailor your travel experience including upgrades, Preferred and Main Cabin Extra seats, priority boarding and same-day flight changes
  • Same AAdvantage® benefits during your journey. AAdvantage® elite members will be able to apply their current travel benefits on all tickets, including when purchasing a Basic Economy fare

No more change fees and preserving original ticket value

Effective immediately, American Airlines will eliminate all change fees for First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy and Main Cabin tickets for all domestic and short-haul international flying. The new change fee policy applies to AAdvantage® award tickets as well.

No change fee applies with the following locations and cabins:

You’re flying to…And you’re flying in…
Any of the 50 U.S. States
Puerto Rico
U.S. Virgin Is.
Main Cabin (except Basic Economy)
Premium Economy
Business Class
First Class

American will also allow customers to keep the full value of the original tickets if you change your travel plans prior to the scheduled travel. Although customers will have to pay any fare difference for a new flight, you will not lose the ticket value if the new flight is less expensive. For example, if a ticket cost was $500 and was exchanged for a ticket that cost $300, they will allow the $200 residual for use toward future travel.

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