United, Delta, American & Alaska Airlines have announced their intention to permanently eliminate change fees for most domestic and some short-haul international fares. While the new policies are more similar than not, there are several notable differences between some of the individual approaches.
The matrix below will help to easily distinguish between the new airline policies regarding change fee elimination.
|Alaska Airlines||American Airlines||Delta Air Lines||United Airlines|
|Change Fees Eliminated||Effective 01/01/2021 (COVID change fee waiver still applicable on new ticket purchases through 12/31/2020)||Effective Immediately||Effective Immediately||Effective Immediately|
|Applicable Geography||Entire Alaska Airlines Network||Travel between the domestic U.S., Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and U.S Virgin Islands||Travel within the domestic U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands||Travel within the domestic U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands|
|Applicable Fare Types||All non-Saver fares||Main Cain, Premium Economy, Business, and First||Delta’s First Class, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+, and Main Cabin||Economy, Economy Plus, United First, United Business, and United Premium Plus|
|Exclusions||Saver fares (COVID waiver for purchases through 12/31/20 still applies to all fares)||Basic Economy||Basic Economy||Basic Economy|
|Residual Value Placed on MCO/Voucher||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Fare Differential Applies||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|