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How much does it cost to change my reservation?

You spent months planning your trip. Getting the time off work, finding the perfect hotels, even making an itinerary. Then some unexpected life event gets in the way. What happens if you need to change your reservation after you have bought your tickets?

Most airlines have a strict 24 hour time limit on refunds and many of those refunds are only in the form of a credit or voucher.

If you have to rebook or change your reservation it can get quite expensive. Many airlines have waived all of their fees to change reservations during the coronavirus, but you should expect these fees to return, maybe even by the start of the busy summer travel season.

Also, beware of those Basic Economy tickets. For most airlines these types of fares cannot be changed at all, not even for an extra fee.

Fees to Change Reservation (1)(2)

DomesticInternational
American Airlines (3)$75 – 200 (4)$150 – 750 (4)
Delta Air Lines (5)(6)$200$200 – 500 (4)
Southwest AirlinesFreeFree
United Airlines (7)FreeFree
Alaska Airlines (5)Free – $50 (4)Free – $50 (4)
JetBlue Airways (8)$75 – 200 (4)(6)$75 – 200 (4)(6)
Spirit Airlines$90 / 100 (9)$90 / 100 (9)
Frontier Airlines (8)$0 / 39 / 59 (10)$0 / 39 / 59 (10)
Allegiant AirFree (11)Free (11)
Hawaiian AirlinesFree (12)Free (12)
Sun Country$0 / 50 / 100 (13)$0 / 50 / 100 (13)
(1) Price per ticket.
(2) Price shown is only to change the ticket, you may also have to pay the difference in the ticket prices.
(3) Fees currently canceled.
(4) Depends on when (same day or in advance) changes are made and type of ticket/fare price.
(5) Fees canceled until March 30, 2021.
(6) Basic Economy fares cannot be changed.
(7) Basic Economy fares can be changed for free until March 30, 2021.
(8) Fees canceled until February 28, 2021.
(9) Online / by reservations or at the airport.
(10) 60 days out / 59 to 7 days out / 6 or less days out.
(11) Cannot be changed within 7 days of departure.
(12) $25 per ticket “Handling Fee” applies to all travel agency booking changes when made over the phone or at ticket counters.
(13) 60 days out / 59 to 14 days out / 13 or less days out.

Information current as of January 10, 2021.

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Jay Muller

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